The Program

The Minor

The Minor requires at least 15 credits of work. Most course work should come from the listed courses. However, in consultation with a faculty member within the Minor, students may designate at least three credits of course work in an appropriate context course. For example, a student with an interest in medieval literature might take ENG 302 Introduction to the Study of Literature as a methodological complement. Similarly, a student centered on medieval religiosity might take REL 165 New Testament or credits of Jewish Studies (JWST 141 Jewish Texts).

Often Earlham Seminars may, with the agreement of the faculty member within the Minor, contribute to a student’s designed Minor. Students who study Latin, Biblical Hebrew or Arabic may also satisfy the complementary requirement with successful completion of the second semester of work.

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
  • (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IP) = Interpretive Practices
  • (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

ENG 351 MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE (4 credits)
A study of Old and Middle English literature, from the 8th- to mid 15th-century. Examines different genres such as dream visions, romances, plays, lyric poetry, epic and estates satire in the context of medieval philosophy, religion, science and politics. Explores how different contemporary critical theories approach medieval texts and different ways of viewing literature of the past. Authors may include the Beowulf-poet, the Gawain-poet, other anonymous poets including Arthurian poets, Chaucer, Margery Kempe, William Langland, Julian of Norwich, Marie de France and Gower. Prerequisite: ENG 302.

ENG 352 RENAISSANCE ENGLISH LITERATURE (4 credits)
A study of late 15th- to mid 17th-century British literature, focusing on the Tudor-Stuart era. Uses a range of poetry, prose and drama to explore literary, religious, social and political debates of the period. Emphasizes reading historically, reconstructing as far as possible a culturally distant world and putting findings in dialog with a sense of our own time. Authors may include Thomas Wyatt, Thomas More, Philip Sidney, Mary Herbert, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, Mary Wroth, Ben Jonson and George Herbert. Prerequisite: ENG 302.

*REL 340 HISTORICAL CHRISTIANITY (4 credits)
Examines the sweep of Christianity prior to the European Enlightenment. Focuses on the ways of being religious through the centuries. Topics include early martyrs, early thinkers such as Augustine, medieval monasticism and mysticism, scholasticism and the various reforms of the 16th century. Prerequisite: An Interpretive Practices course, REL 130 or 240. (WI)

SPAN 456 PENINSULAR NARRATIVE (4 credits)
Focuses on readings and discussion of selected authors and/or narrative literary movements in Spain organized around a special topic. May be taken more than once if topics vary. Prerequisite: At least one course at or above SPAN 352 or consent of the instructor. Offered Fall Semester.

HIST 201 EUROPE to 1492 (3 credits)
Follows the broad sweep of European history through the initial voyages of Christopher Columbus. Beginning with the Mediterranean world of the Greeks and Romans, turns to the rise of Christianity and Islam, the upheavals of the early Middle Ages and the Triumphs and struggles of medieval kingdoms. Probes the exchanges and frequent conflicts between the Jewish, Christian and Muslim worlds; considers how trade, intellectual exchange and the spread of diseases influenced European developments; investigates key political, religious, social and cultural institutions from the church and the university to feudalism and marriage. Pays particular attention to the everyday lives of marginalized populations such as women, children, Jews and heretics to shed further light on European values. Appropriate for first-year students.

*HIST 251 MEDIEVAL JEWISH HISTORY (4 credits) 
The study of Jews as a nation among the nations from Second Temple times until the beginning of emancipation in the 18th century. Topics include law and self-government, treatment of Jews in Moslem and Christian societies, the development of Jewish thought and practice, and the experiences of Jewish women. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as JWST 251. (WI, D-I) Offered every three years.

*HIST 343 RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE EUROPE (4 credits)
Did the years between 1300 and 1715 represent the "autumn of the Middle Ages" or did they usher in the modern age? How do we make sense of an era that saw both the brilliant discoveries of the Scientific Revolution and the seemingly irrational witch trials? The persistence of small peasant communities and the expansion of vast trade networks across the globe? Topics include the Renaissance, the Reformation, the "discovery of the New World," the Scientific Revolution, absolutism, and the escalation of global trade. (WI, AY)

HIST 358 TUDOR AND STUART ENGLAND (4 credits) 
The history of England, 1460-1714. A topical inquiry into English society, politics and religion, including the English reformation, Tudor and Stuart kingship, the changing social order, civil war and political revolution, the emergence of Parliament, the constitutional monarchy, the religious settlement and the foundation of oligarchy. (AY)

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