Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Situate Medieval and Early Modern studies more broadly within several interdisciplinary fields, including history, art, philosophy, music, literature, and religion.
  2. Define and apply appropriate disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary methodologies, vocabularies, concepts, and theories to critically respond to questions within the field of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to define and respond to research questions and scholarly debates within the field, including the ability to analyze primary and secondary sources, draw conclusions from the analysis of these sources, and cite evidence in support of conclusions.
  4. Demonstrate a firm grasp of written, visual, and oral communication, including critical writing principles such as appropriate citation, use of evidence, clarity, and grammatical correctness.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.

Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared the major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 8 courses (24 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.  

Double majors who drop the other major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (for single majors)30
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (for double majors) 124
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies 120

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements
Select 10 courses from the following: 230
Anthropology
AFRICAN PREHISTORY
Art History
ART IN CONTEXT: LATE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC
EARLY MEDIEVAL ART
GOTHIC ART
ART OF THE COURTS
NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART
MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA
THE RISE OF CAPITALISM AND LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ART
CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE
EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE
DUTCH ART IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT
ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-1700
MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-1700
Asian Studies
INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE POETRY
INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS
WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE
CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS
Classical Studies
ELEMENTARY LATIN I
ELEMENTARY LATIN II
INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE
INTERMEDIATE LATIN II
English
TOPICS IN OLD ENGLISH
BEOWULF FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
MEDIEVAL CULTURES THROUGH FILM
CHAUCER
ARTHURIAN LITERATURE
MEDIEVAL ROMANCE
INTRODUCTION TO OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BEOWULF IN OLD ENGLISH
French Studies
BEGINNINGS OF THE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE OF FRANCE
COURTLY LOVE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE
LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES: KING ARTHUR
German Studies
MIDDLE HIGH GERMAN
History
MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS
MEDIEVAL VIOLENCE
THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO SULAYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT
THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY
COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN
RENAISSANCE EUROPE
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
CENTRAL ASIAN CONQUEST EMPIRES
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS
MEDIEVAL VIOLENCE
DIRECTED READING IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES
THE LITERARY AND HISTORICAL IMAGE OF THE MEDIEVAL WOMAN
Music
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ERAS
TOPICS IN EARLY MUSIC
MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE AGES
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
Philosophy
HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Religion
ROMANCING RELIGION: NARRATIVES OF THE SACRED
INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM
INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY
PAIN, ECSTASY AND EMBODIMENT IN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
DIVINE SEX: GENDER AND DIVINITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
THE REFORMATION & ITS RESULTS
ENGLISH SPIRITUALITY AFTER HENRY VIII: PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, OR ANGLICAN?
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (for single majors)30
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (for double majors) 1,224
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements30-36
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours 120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Recommended Coursework

It is recommended, but not required, that students take 2 semesters at the college level in an appropriate language (or languages). Students should take 3 courses (6 credit hours), and preferably 2 at the 300-level or above, in their chosen language of emphasis. One of these three courses 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). 

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

For additional information, please see the Medieval and Early Modern Studies website: https://medieval.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Senior Thesis 

Students wishing to write a senior thesis for the Medieval and Early modern Studies major should select a faculty supervisor and consult with the program director. 

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.