Medieval Studies


The minor in medieval studies offers a multi-disciplinary exploration of the art, architecture, history, literature, music, philosophy and religion of Europe between the fourth and fifteenth centuries. It encourages students to engage critically with a formative era of the past that has shaped the Catholic Church and the development of the modern world. The Middle Ages saw the formation of the institutional Church and the rise of the papacy, the development of the nation and representative bodies, the origin of the university and modern legal systems, the creation of new artistic, literary and musical forms, and even the formulation of notions such as romantic love and the individual “self.” Current methods in studying the Middle Ages enable scholars and students to engage with the Lasallian mission by studying the poor, displaced and persecuted, as well as the legendary, famous and powerful.

The medieval studies minor draws faculty and courses from at least six different departments in the School of Arts and encourages students to seek connections across the disciplines. The minor complements all majors in the humanities and provides a firm historical grounding for students in the social sciences and other areas who wish to understand a period that was crucial to the development of the modern world.


The medieval minor requires 15 credits from the following:

Course Number Course Name Credits
LLRN 107 Medieval Origins of West Culture 3
Three courses selected from:    
  ART 321 Medieval Art 3
  ENGL 342 Medieval Literature (World Literature) 3
  HIST 304 Europe in the Middle Ages 3
  PHIL 203 Readings in Medieval Philosophy 3
  RELS 345 Medieval Christian Thought 3
And an additional course selected from the above or any of the following:    
  ART 260 Monasticism and the Arts 3
  ENGL 312 Studies in Medieval British Literature 3
  ENGL 369 Chaucer 3
  HIST 308 European Women to 1500 3
  HIST 319 The Crusades 3
  HIST 325 The Byzantine Empire 3
  ITAL 340 Medieval and Renaissance Italian Civilization 3
  PHIL 311 Augustine 3
  PHIL 312 Aquinas 3
  PHIL 313 Dante 3
  RELS 344 Christian Mystics 3
  RELS 343 Early Christian Thought 3