The School of Humanities
Program (Undergraduate): BA degree
Program (Graduate): N/A
This interdisciplinary major enables students to study medieval and early modern cultures in the period between 500 and 1700 A.D.. The program combines a broad background in various aspects of medieval and early modern culture with more specialized study in a selected field. These fields of emphasis include medieval and early modern art history, history, literature (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, or Latin), music, philosophy, or religion.
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MDEM) must complete:
Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared MDEM must complete:
Double majors who drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.
It is recommended, but not required, that students take two semesters at the college level in an appropriate language (or languages). 3 courses (6 credit hours), and preferably two at the 300-level or above, should be taken in the student’s chosen field of emphasis. One of these may be a directed reading course. Students work out their programs of study in consultation with the program director. For students considering MDEM graduate work, it is recommended that they study at least one foreign language in some depth (as most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of French and German for the PhD).
COURSE REQUIREMENTSSingle majors must complete a total of 10 courses (30 credit hours), and double majors must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) from the following to fulfill the Course Requirements for the Medieval and Early Modern Studies major. A total of 5 courses (15 credit hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above. Please note that not all courses listed below will be offered during the academic year.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Medieval and Early Modern Studies undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: MDEM Department Description and Code - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: MDEM Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies: MDEM
Medieval and Early Modern Studies does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course listings, including course descriptions, for the courses listed in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To see course offerings during the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Medieval and Early Modern Studies, see the department's website: https://medieval.rice.edu/.