The middle ages were a time of prolific growth in art, science, literature and architecture. Become an expert in this era with a minor in medieval studies.

Overview

Calvin's group minor in medieval studies is designed to critically examine the medieval roots of modern culture. The interdisciplinary program features courses in art, history, music, philosophy and religion and will prepare you  for graduate school work, in a variety of topics such as classics, english, history, art history, or medieval studies.

Careers in Medieval Studies

  • Archivist
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Gallery Manager
  • Librarian
  • Museum Worker
  • Publisher
  • Copy Editor
  • Production Assistant
  • Computer Game Designer
  • More

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Student involvement

Spend an interim abroad in Italy; Study under a faculty of devoted, Christian educators; Submit your work to the Chimes or Dialogue.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Medieval Studies minor

(18 semester hours)

  • HIST-263
  • Intermediate language course
  • IDIS-206 Introduction to Medieval Studies
  • Elective courses, to be chosen from a field of interest other than the student's current major:
    • Field 1: History and Ideas
      • ARTH-232 Early Christian and Byzantine Arts
      • ARTH-233 Medieval Art
      • ARTH-234 Northern Renaissance Art
      • ARTH-235 Italian Renaissance Art
      • MUSC-205 Music History and Analysis I
      • PHIL-251 History of Western Philosophy I
      • PHIL-322 Aquinas
      • REL-243 History of Christian Theology I
      • REL-341 Studies in Early and Medieval Theology: Augustine and the Augustinian Tradition
      • HIST-262 Saints and Heroes in Dark-Age Europe, 400-1000
      • HIST-362 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 1000-1500
      • IDIS-198 Classical And Medieval Palaeography
    • Field 2: Literature and Language

This minor requires a minimum of 18 regular semester hours (including a three-hour interim course), of which at least one course must be taken in history (HIST-263), and one course in Latin, a vernacular European language, Greek, or Arabic at the intermediate level. (Ordinarily this last requirement will be met with a course in literature, rather than conversational language study.) The remaining regular course requirements for the minor will be met by courses chosen from among those listed below to meet the interests and needs of the student. Elective courses must be chosen out of one of two fields of interest ("History and ideas", or "Literature and language"), with the understanding that this field is outside the student's current major. (For example, a history or philosophy major will choose his/her elective courses from the "literature and language" field, a classics major would choose his/her elective courses from the "history and ideas" field).

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Faculty

Rebecca DeYoung

Rebecca DeYoung
Professor
Department of Philosophy
HH 345
rdeyoung@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6418

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 209
cah26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7544

Matthew Lundberg

Matthew Lundberg
Associate Professor, on leave 2012-13
Department of Religion
HL 385
mdl4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8875

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
lutt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6327

Karen Saupe

Karen Saupe
Co-Director of RAC Program, Professor
Department of English
CFAC 294
ksaupe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6467

Laura Smit

Laura Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Religion
HH 302
lsmit@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8580

Timothy Steele

Timothy Steele
Associate Professor; Department Chair (Musicology, Music Theory)
Associate Professor
Department of Music
CF 237
ths3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8523

Christina Van Dyke

Christina Van Dyke
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
HH 350
cvdyke@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6676

Frans van Liere

Frans van Liere
Professor, director of Medieval Studies program, sabb leave 2012-13
Department of History
HH 485
fvliere@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6535

Mark Williams

Mark Williams
Professor
Academic Dean for Arts, Languages, and Education
Department of Classics
SC 383C
wilm@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6203

Talk to us

Frans van Liere Frans van Liere
Program Director
Department of History
HH 485
fvliere@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6535

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