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Experiential Learning

Hands-on study

In the medieval studies program at Calvin, we encourage you to explore, learn skills, and experience the Middle Ages. Whether on or off campus, in courses or on field trips, you will learn about this period with all of your senses.

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Opportunities include IDIS 306 A History of the Book with Prof. Frans van Liere and related off campus courses IDIS W42 Italy: Ancient & Medieval and IDIS W60 Science & Religion: Italy & England.

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Field trips

Most courses in the medieval studies minor include at least one field trip. You might go to a library holding medieval manuscripts. Or to a working monastery. Or to Frans van Liere's kitchen for a medieval meal.

Off-campus programs

Through a partnership with York St. John University, Calvin students have the opportunity to spend a semester in York, England.

Other opportunities are also available for medieval minors to study abroad in countries including Hungary, France, and Spain.