Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Upon completing the minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Define and apply appropriate disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary methodologies, vocabularies, concepts, and theories to respond critically to questions within the field of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 
  2. 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

Requirements for the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Students pursuing the minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • No courses from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
Select 6 courses from the following: 1, 2
Anthropology
MDEM 311 / ANTH 312AFRICAN PREHISTORY3
Art History
MDEM 111 / CLAS 102 / HART 101INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC4
MDEM 330 / HART 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
MDEM 331 / HART 331GOTHIC ART3
MDEM 332 / HART 332ART OF THE COURTS3
MDEM 340 / HART 340NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART3
MDEM 343 / HART 343MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA3
MDEM 373 / ASIA 372 / HART 372CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE3
MDEM 376 / ASIA 376 / HART 376EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE3
MDEM 378 / HART 378DUTCH ART IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT3
MDEM 431 / HART 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
MDEM 434 / HART 434 / SWGS 434SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-17003
MDEM 435 / HART 435 / HIST 443MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-17003
Asian Studies
MDEM 370 / ASIA 330 / CHIN 330INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE POETRY3
MDEM 375 / ASIA 335 / CHIN 335INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS3
MDEM 379 / ASIA 399 / SWGS 399WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE3
Classical Studies
MDEM 101 / LATI 101ELEMENTARY LATIN I3
MDEM 102 / LATI 102ELEMENTARY LATIN II3
MDEM 211 / LATI 201INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE3
MDEM 212 / LATI 202INTERMEDIATE LATIN II3
English
MDEM 312 / ENGL 312OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE3
MDEM 316 / ENGL 316 / SWGS 305CHAUCER3
MDEM 317 / ENGL 317 / SWGS 301ARTHURIAN LITERATURE3
MDEM 319 / ENGL 314MEDIEVAL ROMANCE3
French Studies
MDEM 404 / FREN 404BEGINNINGS OF THE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE OF FRANCE3
MDEM 425 / FREN 415COURTLY LOVE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE3
MDEM 436 / FREN 416LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES: KING ARTHUR3
German Studies
MDEM 402MIDDLE HIGH GERMAN3
History
MDEM 281 / HIST 281GOLDEN AGE OF ISLAM3
MDEM 308 / HIST 308THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY3
MDEM 324 / HIST 324COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN3
MDEM 327 / HIST 327EUROPEAN FRONTIER SOCIETIES3
MDEM 357 / HIST 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
MDEM 120 / HIST 120MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS3
MDEM 210 / HIST 211MEDIEVAL VIOLENCE3
MDEM 320DIRECTED READING IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES1-3
MDEM 411THE LITERARY AND HISTORICAL IMAGE OF THE MEDIEVAL WOMAN3
Music
MDEM 222 / MUSI 222MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ERAS3
MDEM 427TOPICS IN EARLY MUSIC3
MDEM 456 / MUSI 436COLLEGIUM MUSICUM2
Philosophy
MDEM 201 / CLAS 201 / PHIL 201HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I3
MDEM 301 / CLAS 301 / PHIL 301ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY3
MDEM 481ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY3
Religion
MDEM 103 / RELI 104INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM3
MDEM 105 / RELI 105INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT3
MDEM 271 / RELI 271MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY3
MDEM 391 / RELI 391THE REFORMATION & ITS RESULTS3
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificatesi.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

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: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution eligibility is done as part of the new course creation process. As part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution eligibility is reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution at the time of course registration. 

Additional Information 

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

Opportunities for the Minor 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.

Additional Information 

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