Medieval Studies Major

The major consists of 10 courses drawn from seven departments: art history and music, classics, English, history, modern languages and literature, philosophy, and theology. Six courses are required, as follows, with examples of departmental and program offerings that fill the requirement. The final selection of four elective courses should be determined in consultation with program advisers.

The major requires ten courses.

Course Title Credits
HIST 1300UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: MEDIEVAL3
One course required from each of the following sections:15 to 20
Medieval Literature
Medieval Philosophy
Medieval Theology
Medieval Art or Music
Medieval Language
Four additional elective courses 112 to 16

Medieval Literature 

Courses in this group have the MVLI attribute.

Course Title Credits
ENGL 1200CHAUCER, SHAKESPEARE, MILTON3
ENGL 3010ENGLISH LITERATURE: BEOWULF TO 16604
ENGL 3031MEDIEVAL MONSTERS4
ENGL 3100MEDIEVAL LITERATURE4
ENGL 3102MEDIEVAL DRAMA4
ENGL 3103EARLY ENGLISH DRAMA4
ENGL 3107CHAUCER4
ENGL 3109ARTHURIAN LITERATURE4
ENGL 3111MEDIEVAL ROMANCE4
ENGL 3113INTRODUCTION TO OLD ENGLISH4
ENGL 3114THE (MEDIEVAL) WALKING DEAD4
ENGL 3115MEDIEVAL WOMEN WRITERS4
ENGL 3120DREAMERS AND VISIONARIES IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE4
ENGL 3121THE PEARL POET AND HIS BOOK4
ENGL 3125BEOWULF IN OLD ENGLISH4
ENGL 3127DREAMS IN MIDDLE AGES4
ENGL 3131MEDIEVAL TOLERANCE AND INTOLERANCE4
ENGL 3132MEDIEVAL CHIVALRY4
ENGL 3134LOVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES4
ENGL 3135MEDIEVAL LITERATURE: 1000-13304
ENGL 3136MEDIEVAL MYSTICS4
ENGL 3140MYTH OF THE HERO: MEDIEVAL MEMORY4
ENGL 3142VISIONS AND MEDIEVAL LITERATURE4
ENGL 3144OTHER WORLDS4
ENGL 4005THE MEDIEVAL TRAVELER4
ENGL 4110SEMINAR: LANGLAND'S PIERS PLOWMAN & THE POETRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND (Pre-1800)4
ENGL 4141DEATH IN THE MIDDLE AGES4
ENGL 4148MEDIEVAL DRAMA IN PERFORMANCE4
ENGL 4151PERFORMING MEDIEVAL DRAMA4
FREN 3100MEDIEVAL FRENCH LITERATURE4
GERM 3057MEDIEVAL GERMAN LITERATURE: POTIONS, PASSIONS, PLAYERS, AND PRAYERS4
ITAL 3010POLITICS AND POETRY IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE RISE OF VERNACULAR CULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN4
ITAL 3011DANTE AND HIS AGE4
ITAL 3012MEDIEVAL STORYTELLING4
ITAL 4006DANTE'S COSMOS: MEDIEVAL SCIENCE, THEOLOGY, AND POETRY IN THE DIVINA COMMEDIA4
LATN 3041OVID4
LATN 3060READINGS IN VERGIL4
MLAL 3010POLITICS AND POETRY IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE RISE OF VERNACULAR CULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN4
MLAL 3057MEDIEVAL GERMAN LITERATURE: POTIONS, PASSIONS, PLAYERS, AND PRAYERS4
MLAL 3203DANTE AND HIS TRANSLATORS4
MVST 1210LITERATURE AND SOCIETY3
MVST 3057MEDIEVAL GERMAN LITERATURE: POTIONS, PASSIONS, PLAYERS, AND PRAYERS4
MVST 3102MEDIEVAL WOMEN WRITERS4
MVST 3500THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE4
MVST 4005THE MEDIEVAL TRAVELER4
MVST 4008MEDIEVAL AUTOBIOGRAPHIES4
SPAN 3540SPAIN AND ISLAM4
THEA 4148MEDIEVAL DRAMA4

Medieval Philosophy 

Courses in this group have the MVPH attribute.

Course Title Credits
AMCS 3535BUILDING THE IDEAL CITY, ETHICS AND ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF REALIZABLE UTOPIAS4
COLI 3535BUILDING THE IDEAL CITY, ETHICS AND ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF REALIZABLE UTOPIAS4
HPRH 1052MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY3
MLAL 3535BUILDING THE IDEAL CITY. ETHICS AND ECONOMICS FOUNDATIONS OF REALIZABLE UTOPIAS4
MVST 3535BUILDING THE IDEAL CITY4
MVST 4003WAR AND PEACE: JUST WAR THEORY4
PHIL 3520PHILOSOPHY OF ARISTOTLE4
PHIL 3525PHILOSOPHY OF PLATO4
PHIL 3530PHILOSOPHY AFTER CONSTANTINE4
PHIL 3552MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3557CONFESSIONS OF AUGUSTINE4
PHIL 3559DANTE AND PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3560PHILOSOPHY OF AQUINAS4
PHIL 3565FOUR MEDIEVAL THINKERS4
PHIL 3570BEAUTY IN THE MIDDLE AGES4
PHIL 3591MEDIEVAL POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3910SHAKESPEARE AND AQUINAS4
PHIL 4442FANTASY AND PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 4473WAR AND PEACE: JUST WAR THEORY4

Medieval Theology 

Courses in this group have the MVTH attribute.

Course Title Credits
HPRH 1052MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY3
MVST 4006DANTE'S COSMOS SCIENCE, THEOLOGY AND LITERATURE4
THEO 1006SIN AND SALVATION IN MEDIEVAL THEOLOGY3
THEO 3100INTRODUCTION TO OLD TESTAMENT3
THEO 3102BOOK OF GENESIS4
THEO 3105THE TORAH3
THEO 3120THE PROPHETS3
THEO 3200INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT3
THEO 3207THE FIRST THREE GOSPELS3
THEO 3212GOSPEL OF JOHN3
THEO 3310EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGS3
THEO 3314ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO3
THEO 3316BYZANTINE CHRISTIANITY3
THEO 3320AUGUSTINE, AQUINAS, AND LUTHER3
THEO 3330MEDIEVAL THEOLOGY TEXTS3
THEO 3332CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, JEWS IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD3
THEO 3340CHRISTIAN MYSTICAL TEXTS3
THEO 3345THE BOOK OF REVELATION3
THEO 3620GREAT CHRISTIAN HYMNS3
THEO 3711Sacred Texts of the Middle East3
THEO 3713CLASSIC JEWISH TEXTS3
THEO 3715CLASSIC ISLAMIC TEXTS3
THEO 3849ESCHATOLOGY4

Medieval Art or Music

Courses in this group have the MVAM attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARHI 2230ISLAMIC ART4
ARHI 2320THE FALL OF ANCIENT ROME: A MATERIAL CULTURE INVESTIGATION4
ARHI 2341MEDIEVAL DESIRE AND DEVOTION4
ARHI 2360ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS4
ARHI 2365MEDIEVAL ART AND THE MUSEUM4
ARHI 3350AGE OF CATHEDRALS4
HPRH 1051MEDIEVAL LITERATURE AND ART3
MUSC 3110MUSIC BEFORE 16004
MVST 4100MAKING EARLY MUSIC3

Medieval Language

Typically classical or medieval Latin, Old English, Old French, or, in consultation with the director, another medieval language.

Courses in this group have the MVLA attribute.

Course Title Credits
ENGL 3834HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE4
GREK 1004INTENSIVE ANCIENT GREEK4
GREK 1501INTERMEDIATE GREEK I3
GREK 2001GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE3
LATN 1001INTRODUCTION TO LATIN I3
LATN 1002INTRODUCTION TO LATIN II3
LATN 1004INTENSIVE LATIN4
LATN 1501INTERMEDIATE LATIN I3
LATN 2001LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE3
LATN 3041OVID4
LATN 3060READINGS IN VERGIL4
LATN 3061CHRISTIAN LATIN4
LATN 3300ADVANCED LATIN4
THEO 1050SYRIAC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I3

In consultation with the director or the associate director, students may be encouraged to take 5000-level courses (graduate courses open to undergraduates) in related departments.

Double Majors

Double majors are given greater flexibility in fulfilling the major requirements. Up to two courses may also count toward both the Medieval studies major and the second major. Students who choose medieval studies as a double major also complete 10 courses, including the following:

Course Title Credits
HIST 1300UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: MEDIEVAL3
One course in each of the following areas:
Medieval Literature or Medieval Language
Medieval Philosophy or Medieval Theology
Medieval Art/Music
Six electives

Availability

The major in medieval studies is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies students should major in medieval studies only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.