Major Modification

Medieval and Renaissance Studies allows students the ability to modify their majors with a broad array of courses concerning societies and cultures that developed and flourished from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity. While centered in Europe, the concentration embraces developments in related cultures, especially that of the Mediterranean. The modification can be used in conjunction with any appropriate major, including: Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French, German Studies, Government, History, Italian, Portuguese, Religion, or Romance Languages.  Guidelines are found in the ORC.  

How to Modify Your Major

Students can modify a major with Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MDRN). This consists, as per the instructions for a modified major in the ORC, of six classes from a primary department (not including prerequisites for that major), and four classes relating to Medieval and Renaissance Studies from at least two other departments. Typical primary departments include: Art History, History, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Religion, Comparative Literature, and Classics. A student modifying their major with Medieval and Renaissance Studies must, in consultation with their primary advisor and an advisor from the Medieval and Renaissance Studies steering committee (who may be the same person), do the following:

  • Determine, in consultation with your major advisor, which the ten or more courses will go towards the major as a whole, both in the primary department and the ancillary modifying departments.
  • As part of the process of declaring your major, you must also have the four classes from Medieval and Renaissance Studies approved as part of the overall plan by a member of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies faculty committee. Any member of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies faculty can serve as your Medieval and Renaissance Studies advisor.
  • Submit the “written statement” describing the curricular plan as a “unified, coherent whole” (as per the ORC instruction on modifying a major) to both your home department, and to Cecilia Gaposchkin (HB 6107; 210 Carson Hall), as is the general procedure for a modifying a major.
  • In addition, please complete and submit the online Medieval and Renaissance Studies Planning sheet to indicate your modifying courses and rationale for major modification.
  • For further advice, email Medieval and Renaissance Studies.