Anyone with a fascination for things medieval can choose the minor in medieval studies at Saint Louis University as a way of acquiring a broad-based liberal arts education. By focusing on the culture of one period and approaching it from multiple viewpoints—historical, artistic, literary, philosophical, theological—students can dig deeply into the mentality of the time, immerse themselves in a variety of expressions of human experience, and study how all these manifestations of the human spirit (which are normally studied in separate departments) relate to each other and affect one another. In addition, as with any program in the humanities, the minor in medieval studies provides the opportunity to sharpen research, analysis, speaking and writing.
The Middle Ages gave us Charlemagne and the Crusades, illuminated manuscripts and Gothic cathedrals, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Dante’s Inferno, Ockham’s razor and St. Thomas Aquinas, and even the university itself. This vibrant, diverse period is fascinating in its own right, but it also helped to produce the world as we know it today by laying the foundations for modern society. Its enduring appeal may be seen in countless aspects of contemporary popular culture, from Dungeons and Dragons to World of Warcraft, from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien to Game of Thrones. It is impossible to understand today’s world without the Middle Ages.
Saint Louis University is renowned for its strength in the study of the Middle Ages. Boasting dozens of medievalists in half a dozen departments, SLU’s faculty can provide an education unmatched in breadth and depth by any other school in the country. SLU’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies serves to support, coordinate, and promote these scholars, their students, and the resources and opportunities found here—including the Vatican Film Library, research trips overseas, numerous speakers from within and beyond the university on a variety of topics, and even an annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies held every June. By studying the Middle Ages, a student can truly sample the best SLU has to offer.
The minor in medieval studies is an interdisciplinary program that can complement major programs in a variety of areas, including history, art history, literature (English, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish), philosophy, and theological studies. In many cases, courses that count for one of these majors can also count for the minor in medieval studies. Many students also find the minor to be a useful balance to majors in areas such as math, science, and pre-medical studies.
The minor in medieval studies can be a pathway to deeper exploration of the Middle Ages as a graduate student, teacher, or professor, or outside academia as a museum curator, historical consultant, or librarian. More broadly, the study of the humanities helps the student to experience and ponder what it means to be human—which can enrich any career in the “people professions,” from business to medicine to international relations. Finally, learning how to research carefully, to analyze cogently, to argue persuasively, and to express oneself clearly and elegantly will prepare the student for positions of leadership in society, as well as for occupations in law, journalism, and other vocations involving the spoken and written word.
|MDVL 2100||The Medieval World||3|
|LATN 2010||Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature 1||3|
|Select one course from four of the following discipline areas:||12|
|MDVL 4960||Medieval Synthesis||3|
fulfilled by passing LATN 2010 Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature (3 cr) with a C+ or better, or testing out of LATN 2010 Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature (3 cr), or passing a Latin course above LATN 2010 Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature (3 cr)
Students must have a GPA of 2.00 in medieval studies major/minor coursework to be retained in the major/minor.
Courses with a 'Medieval (Minor) - Art History' attribute, such as:
|Islamic Art and Society: Advanced|
|Art of Cathedrals and Kings: Advanced|
|Art of Pilgrimage and Crusades: Advanced Studies|
Courses with a 'Medieval (Minor ) - History' attribute, such as:
|The Byzantine World: Faith and Power in a Thousand-Year Empire|
Courses with a 'Medieval (Minor) - Literature' attribute, such as:
|History of the English Language|
|Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales|
|Courtly Love and Life Portrayed Through Medieval German Literature|
|Dante's Divine Comedy|
|Medieval Latin Readings I|
|The short story in medieval Spain: fear, education and humor|
Courses with a 'Medieval (Minor) - Philosophy' attribute, such as:
|Topics in Epistemology|
|Topics in Metaphysics|
Courses with a 'Medieval (Minor) - Theology' attribute, such as:
|The Life and Theology of Augustine of Hippo|
|Teachers in Medieval Christianity|
|Christian Tradition I|