Medieval & Early Modern Studies

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Whitworth Medieval & Early Modern Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary medieval and early modern studies minor provides students with an intellectual platform for articulating complex connections among the histories, literatures, and cultures of an important era in the development of Eurasian Christian civilizations. It builds on themes of worldview and identity introduced in the Whitworth Core/Worldview Studies Program and picked up in introductory courses across disciplines on campus. Courses in the minor focus on the Medieval Period or on continuities between this period and the Early Modern Period, testing the links and influences in various disciplines between the past and current methods of inquiry. Students are also asked to explore supposed continuities – for instance, between contemporary events and issues such as the Crusades – to evaluate whether those links are justified.

Courses chosen by students in addition to the set curriculum of the program should meet the following criteria: They should focus on Mediterranean, European, and Eurasian civilizations during a time period stretching from 200 A.D. to roughly 1700. The Medieval Period is variously defined but should be situated somewhere between 500 and 1400 A.D. Courses that survey a greater time spread or that focus on the period after 1400 A.D. should include readings or assignments that show continuity between the Medieval Period and later eras. The program focuses on cultures identified with medieval Christendom, but offers a growing course list on regional Islamic civilizations. Medieval and Early Modern Period courses that focus on areas outside of Christian and Islamic systems are also acceptable pending consultation with the directors.

Please see the Whitworth catalog for courses and information on advising. For further information on advising, contact Doug Sugano, Corliss Slack, the department of English or the department of history.