Minor in Medieval Studies


The undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to explore the history, philosophy, theology and cultural production of the Middle Ages in an integrated and nuanced fashion, through engagement with a diverse array of textual and material artefacts.


Students interested in the minor in Medieval Studies should consult the program director as early as possible in order to design a program of study that meets the student's intellectual interests and goals. The minor requires six courses chosen from the catalog or the program website, divided among the following subject areas:

1 course in history
1 course in art, archeology, architecture, or music
1 course in philosophy or theology
1 course in medieval language or literature*
2 electives

*Medieval language may include courses such as Old French, Old English, Occitan, or Medieval Latin. Students may also enroll in literature courses taught in the target language, or in translation. Students who think they may wish to apply to graduate school in a field related to medieval studies are strongly advised to acquire reading competence in at least one medieval language.

Students choose courses in consultation with the undergraduate adviser. Students must complete an approval form for the minor program (available here), which requires the signature of the director of the Undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies. Students must submit a copy of the signed approval form to their College adviser by the deadline on the form.

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for a quality grade, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.