Medieval & Early Modern Studies; Medieval Studies

(College of Letters and Science)

Sally McKee, Ph.D. (History), Program Director

Program Office. 176 Voorhies Hall; 530-752-2257; http://mems.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://mems.ucdavis.edu/people

(College of Letters and Science)

Sally McKee, Ph.D. (History), Program Director

Program Office. 176 Voorhies Hall; 530-752-2257; http://mems.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://mems.ucdavis.edu/people

The Major Program

The major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies examines the intellectual, political, and cultural forces that shaped modern European civilization during the period from the end of Ancient Rome (fifth century) to the beginning of the Enlightenment (mid-eighteenth century). An interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program, the major includes studies in history, art history, philosophy, literature, drama, music, national languages, religion, rhetoric, and political theory.

The Program. The major requires interdisciplinary work, while allowing the student to focus on the early Middle Ages, the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, or the Baroque. The series of medieval and early modern courses in the program provides the foundation for the major and prepares students for advanced work within the individual disciplines. On the upper-division level, students may choose course work in specific areas of History, Comparative Literature, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin, philosophy and religion, arts and language, and political thought. In addition, each student may elect to complete a senior thesis on a selected aspect of medieval and/or early modern culture.

Career Alternatives. The major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a liberal arts degree providing excellent preparation for the rigors of professional schools as well as careers in law, museology, journalism, and teaching.

Major Advisor. See Program office.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 22
MST 020A
Early Medieval Culture (Active)
4
MST 020B
The Culture of the High Middle Ages (Active)
4
Choose three:
12
AHI 001B
Medieval and Renaissance Art (Active)
4
AHI 001C
Baroque to Modern Art (Active)
4
AHI 001E
Islamic Art and Architecture (Active)
4
COM 002
Major Works of the Medieval and Early Modern World (Active)
4
COM 010A
Master Authors in World Literature; Gilgamesh, Ramayana, Beowulf, Nibelungenlied (Active)
2
COM 010B
Master Authors in World Literature; Metamorphoses, Decameron, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales (Active)
2
COM 010C
Master Authors in World Literature; Chanson de Roland, El Cid, Igor’s Campaign, Morte D’Arthur (Active)
2
COM 010D
Master Authors in World Literature; Sakuntala, Tristan and Isolde, Aucassin and Nicolette, Gawain and the Green Knight (Active)
2
COM 010E
Master Authors in World Literature; Swift, Rabelais, La Celestina, Simplicissimus (Active)
2
ENL 010A
Literatures in English I: To 1700 (Active)
4
GER 048
Myth and Saga in the Germanic Cultures (Active)
4
HIS 004A
History of Western Civilization (Active)
4
HIS 004B
History of Western Civilization (Active)
4
HUM 001
Humanities Forum (Active)
2
HUM 009
Don Quixote and the Modern World (Active)
2
PHI 021
Philosophical Classics of the Ancient Era (Active)
4
PHI 022
Philosophical Classics of the Modern Era (Active)
4
MST 098/099 (total any combination)
2
MST 098
Directed Group Study (Active)
1-5
MST 099
Special Study for Undergraduates (Active)
1-5
Language proficiency is a desideratum. Courses in Latin and other European languages are strongly recommended, particularly for students planning to pursue graduate studies in the medieval or early modern field.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 44
In consultation with the undergraduate advisor, students choose a total of eleven courses from the following disciplines with at least three courses each from the medieval and early modern periods:
 
AHI 155
The Islamic City (Active)
4
AHI 156
Arts of the Islamic Book (Active)
4
AHI 178B
Early Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture (Active)
4
AHI 178C
High and Late Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture (Active)
4
AHI 179B
Baroque Art (Active)
4
AHI 190B
Undergraduate Seminar in Art History: Medieval (Active)
4
AHI 190C
Undergraduate Seminar in Art History: Renaissance (Active)
4
CLA 110
Origins of Rhetoric (Active)
4
COM 139
Shakespeare and the Classical World (Active)
4
COM 164A
The European Middle Ages (Active)
4
COM 164B
The Renaissance (Active)
4
COM 164C
Baroque and Neoclassicism (Active)
4
COM 166A
The Epic (Active)
4
COM 180
Selected Topics in Comparative Literature (Active)*
4
ENL 111
Topics in Medieval Literature (Active)
4
ENL 113A
Chaucer: Troilus and the "Minor" Poems (Active)
4
ENL 113B
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (Active)
4
ENL 115
Topics in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Literature (Active)
4
ENL 117
Shakespeare (Active)
4
ENL 122
Milton (Active)
4
ENL 150A
British Drama to 1800 (Active)
4
ENL 153
Topics in Drama (Active)*
4
ENL 165
Topics in Poetry (Active)*
4
ENL 185A
Women's Writing I (Active)*
4
ENL 188A
Topics in Literary and Critical Theory (Active)*
4
ENL 189
Seminar in Literary Studies (Active)*
4
FRE 115
Medieval French Literature and Society (Active)
4
FRE 116
The French Renaissance (Active)
4
FRE 117A
Baroque and Preclassicism (Active)
4
FRE 118B
Private Lives and Public Secrets: The Early French Novel (Active)
4
FRE 141
Selected Topics in French Literature (Active)*
4
GER 101A
Survey of German Literature, 800-1800 (Active)
4
GER 112
Topics in German Literature (Active)*
4
GER 120
Survey of German Culture (Active)
4
GER 121
The Medieval Period in German Literature (Active)
4
GER 122
Reformation and Baroque (Active)
4
GER 124
Major Movements in German Literature (Active)*
4
GER 131
German Lyric Poetry (Active)
4
GER 134
Topics in German Intellectual History (Active)*
4
GER 160
Love in the Middle Ages (Active)
4
HIS 102B
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; Medieval (Active)
5
HIS 102D
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; Modern Europe to 1815 (Active)
5
HIS 121A
Medieval History (Active)
4
HIS 121B
Medieval History (Active)
4
HIS 121C
Medieval History (Active)
4
HIS 122
Selected Themes in Medieval History (Active)
4
HIS 125
Topics in Early Modern European History (Active)
4
HIS 130A
Christianity and Culture in Europe: 50-1450 (Active)
4
HIS 130B
Christianity and Culture in Europe: 1450-1600 (Active)
4
HIS 131A
Early Modern European History (Active)
4
HIS 131B
European History During the Renaissance and Reformation (Active)
4
HIS 131C
The Old Regime: Absolution, Enlightenment and Revolution in Europe (Active)
4
HIS 132
Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe (Active)
4
HIS 135A
History of Science to the 18th Century (Active)
4
HIS 136
Scientific Revolution (Active)
4
HIS 139A
Medieval and Renaissance Medicine (Active)
4
HIS 144A
History of Germany, 1450 to 1789 (Active)
4
HIS 148A
Women and Society in Europe: 1500-1789 (Active)
4
HIS 151A
England: The Middle Ages (Active)
4
HIS 151B
England: The Early Modern Centuries (Active)
4
HIS 190B
Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusades, 1001-1400 (Active)
4
HIS 190C
Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730 (Active)
4
ITA 105
Introduction to Italian Literature (Active)
4
ITA 112
Medieval and Renaissance Poetry: St. Francis to Petrarch (Active)
4
ITA 113
Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) (Active)
4
ITA 114
Boccaccio, Decameron, and the Renaissance Novella (Active)
4
ITA 115A
Studies in the Cinquecento (Active)
4
ITA 115B
Italian Literature of the Renaissance and the Baroque: From Cellini to Marino (Active)
4
ITA 115C
Italian Drama from Machiavelli to the Enlightenment (Active)
4
ITA 115D
Early Modern Italian Lyric (Active)
4
ITA 118
Italian Literature of the Eighteenth Century (Active)
4
ITA 139B
Italian Literature in English: Boccaccio, Petrarch and the Renaissance (Active)
4
ITA 140
Italian Literature in English Translation: Dante, Divine Comedy (Active)
4
ITA 141
Gender and Interpretation in the Renaissance (Active)
4
LAT 100
Readings in Latin Prose (Active)
4
LAT 101
Livy (Active)
4
LAT 102
Roman Comedy (Active)
5
LAT 103
Vergil: Aeneid (Active)
4
LAT 104
Sallust (Active)
4
LAT 105
Catullus (Active)
4
LAT 106
Horace: Odes and Epodes (Active)
4
LAT 108
Horace: Satires and Epistles (Active)
4
LAT 109
Roman Elegy (Active)
4
LAT 110
Ovid (Active)
4
LAT 112
Cicero (Active)
4
LAT 115
Lucretius (Active)
4
LAT 116
Vergil: Eclogues and Georgics (Active)
4
LAT 118
Roman Historians (Active)
4
LAT 119
Readings in Republican Latin Literature (Active)
4
LAT 120
Readings in Imperial Latin Literature (Active)
4
LAT 121
Latin Prose Composition (Active)
4
LAT 125
Medieval Latin (Active)
4
LAT 130
Readings in Late Latin (Active)
4
MST 130A
Special Themes in Medieval Cultures (Active)
4
MST 130B
Special Themes in Renaissance Culture (Active)
4
MST 131
Cross-Cultural Relations in the Medieval and/or Early Modern World (Active)
4
MST 189
Seminar in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (Active)
4
MST 190
Senior Thesis (Active)
4
MUS 121
Topics in Music Scholarship (Active)*
4
MUS 124A
History of Western Music: Middle Ages to 1600 (Active)
3
MUS 124B
History of Western Music: 1600-1750 (Active)
3
PHI 105
Philosophy of Religion (Active)
4
PHI 145
Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophers of the Middle Ages (Active)
4
PHI 168
Descartes (Active)
4
PHI 170
Spinoza and Leibniz (Active)
4
PHI 172
Locke and Berkeley (Active)
4
POL 115
Medieval Political Thought (Active)
4
POL 116
Foundations of Political Thought (Active)
4
POL 118A
History of Political Theory: Ancient (Active)
4
RST 102
Christian Origins (Active)
4
RST 115
Mysticism (Active)
4
RST 130
Topics in Religious Studies (Active)*
4
SPA 130
Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700 (Active)
4
SPA 133N
Golden Age Literature of Spain (Active)
4
SPA 134A
Don Quijote I (Active)
4
SPA 134B
Don Quijote II (Active)
4
SPA 142
Special Topics in Spanish Cultural and Literary Studies (Active)*
4
*Prior approval by Undergraduate Advisor necessary.
Total: 66

(College of Letters and Science)

Sally McKee, Ph.D. (History), Program Director

Program Office. 176 Voorhies Hall; 530-752-2257; http://mems.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://mems.ucdavis.edu/people

Minor Advisor. See Program office.


Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Units: 24
The minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a coherent program of interdisciplinary study. Medieval Studies units may be taken in one or more of the traditional fields of concentration, including art, history, literature, music, national languages, philosophy, political theory, and religious studies. Courses must be upper-division with at least two courses each from the medieval and early modern periods. Students may also select a minor with a thematic emphasis. Although there is no foreign language requirement for the minor, knowledge of Latin or a modern European language is recommended. The minor must be designed in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor.
 
Total: 24
Courses in MST:
MST 020AEarly Medieval Culture (5) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Readings (in translation) in medieval culture, such as Codes of Justinian, Confessions of Saint Augustine, Beowulf, the Nibelungenlied, The Song of Roland, the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, the Chronicles of Froissart, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and Dante's Divine Comedy. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
MST 020AEarly Medieval Culture (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Readings (in translation) in medieval culture, such as Codes of Justinian, Confessions of Saint Augustine, Beowulf, the Nibelungenlied, The Song of Roland, the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, the Chronicles of Froissart, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and Dante's Divine Comedy. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
MST 020BThe Culture of the High Middle Ages (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Great transformations that created the modern world: Constitutional Government, the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, and the Peasants Revolts, the Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the Baroque. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MST 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
MST 098FStudent Facilitated Course (1-4) Active
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Student facilitated course intended primarily for lower division students. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MST 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
MST 130ASpecial Themes in Medieval Cultures (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Each offering concentrates on an interdisciplinary aspect of medieval culture in the Middle East and Europe: the idea of the hero, mysticism, urban development. Extensive readings focused on medieval source material. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Spring Quarter.
MST 130BSpecial Themes in Renaissance Culture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Each theme illuminates an interdisciplinary aspect of Renaissance culture in the eastern and western hemispheres: exploration, medical pathology, daily life, baroque culture. Immersion in source material from 1500-1650. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
MST 131Cross-Cultural Relations in the Medieval and/or Early Modern World (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): MST 020A or MST 020B; or Consent of Instructor. Medieval and/or Renaissance aspects of cross culturalism. Relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims: Europeans, Africans, and Asians; Old World and New World. (Letter.) GE credit: WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
MST 189Seminar in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MST 020A or MST 020B; or Consent of Instructor. Focus on a particular problem or issue in the Medieval or Early Modern periods. Seminar topics might include (but not limited to) monasticism, origins of the university, chivalry, exploration, the role of women in the Medieval and Early Modern world. (Letter.) GE credit: WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
MST 190Senior Thesis (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and major in Medieval Studies. Preparation of a research paper dealing with a selected aspect of medieval culture, under supervision of three members of the Committee in Charge. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
MST 197TTutoring in Medieval Studies (1-4) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MST 020A; MST 020B; Upper division standing; consent of instructor and chairperson of curriculum committee. Tutoring in Medieval Studies 20A and 20B, including leadership in small discussion groups affiliated with the course. May be repeated for credit for a total of 6 units. May be repeated up to 6 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
MST 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
MST 198FStudent Facilitated Course (1-4) Active
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Student facilitated course intended primarily for upper division students. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MST 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
MST 199FAStudent Facilitated Course Development (1-4) Active
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Under the supervision of a faculty member, an undergraduate student plans and develops the course they will offer under 98F/198F. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MST 199FBStudent Facilitated Teaching (1-4) Active
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Student facilitated. Under the supervision of a faculty member, an undergraduate student teaches a course under 98F/198F. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.