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Medieval & Early Modern Studies Minor

The Whitworth medieval & early modern studies minor provides you with an interdisciplinary platform for exploring connections between the histories, literatures and cultures of a crucial time in global history. You can't fully understand the present without studying the past – the MEMS minor will give you a framework for understanding how the medieval past has shaped and continues to shape our "modern" world. You will also expand your scope from Europe, and explore courses on such topics as Chinese art, Spanish-American narratives and even pirates.

Why minor in medieval & early modern studies at Whitworth? 

  • Develop intercultural competency as you explore the historical, cultural and social contexts that inform the issues modern society faces, such as race, gender, religious conflict and environmental change.
  • Receive support as you consider your future career. The MEMS senior seminar prompts students to assemble a portfolio, reflect on their studies and consider their future career options.
  • Choose courses that suit your interests. The MEMS faculty is committed to creating opportunities for students to study outside the European Middle Ages. Take courses like Early Christian Sites in Greece, Pre-Columbian Art & Architecture, and Cultural History of China & Japan.
  • Build community with classmates and professors through out-of-class activities like MEMS movie nights. Gather to watch and discuss modern film representations of the medieval world.
  • Explore the Christian faith in depth. The interdisciplinary nature of this minor offers students the tools necessary to explore how Christians and Christianity affected art, literature, ethics, theatre and more.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our medieval & early modern studies grads make a difference (and get jobs)

The skills in critical thinking, writing and analysis that students develop in this program prepare them for a wide variety of professions like those in business, public service and nonprofits.

Recent job placements include:

  • Luke Eldredge, co-founder and staff writer, And Sons Magazine
  • Hanna Malmoe, account manager, Strategy Labs

Our recent medieval & early modern studies grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • University of Glasgow
  • Penn State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Whitworth University

Ask our faculty

Ask Courtney

Assistant Professor Courtney Barajas directs the medieval & early modern studies program and specializes in Old English language and literature.

Ask Stacey

Lecturer Stacey Moo specializes in medieval art history and manages Whitworth's permanent art collection.

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