92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC)

3405-3407 MLB


Professor Guy Mermier, Director

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

The Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC) administers an undergraduate program in Medieval and Renaissance studies, focusing on the history, civilization and culture of these ages. Interested students may participate in the MARC program as concentrators or by electing MARC courses as electives in their liberal arts education. The emphasis of the MARC program is multidisciplinary. It allows students to focus on a specific area of study such as the Middle Ages and/or the Renaissance by electing not only the basic Core courses offered by MARC, but courses offered by a variety of departments throughout the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the University. By breaking through departmental barriers, MARC students acquire a more integrated understanding of early European civilization. Diversity is implicit in the very notion of the MARC program. In fact, MARC joins together such different academic disciplines and areas as archaeology, architecture, classical studies, English, Germanic languages and literatures, history, history of art, law, music, Near Eastern studies, philosophy, religion, Romance languages and literatures, Slavic languages and literatures, and theatre. MARC students are provided the opportunity, therefore, to become true "Renaissance persons" by electing courses in a large variety of departments and drawing upon the talents of faculty representing a wide variety of interests and subjects.

The Future and Careers: MARC concentrators traditionally elect to pursue graduate studies in such areas as languages and literatures, history, or history of art or music, in order to teach in colleges and universities. Many others elect to go into business, government, law, library science, museum practice, and even medicine. MARC is a very good example of a true humanities program, preparing the student not for a specific job, but for a variety of jobs and careers. The MARC program, by not binding students into one small area of study, prepares them to face the broad demands of life. The MARC program therefore is not only an excellent example of a working humanities program, but also one of the best examples of the validity in practice of a humanistic education.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Students who are interested in concentrating in the MARC program are subject to three prerequisites:

1. Fourth term college-level proficiency in one of the Classical or Western European languages (to be completed by the beginning of the senior year). Exceptions, when appropriate, are made by the Director of the MARC program.

2. At least one year of high school Latin or one term of college Latin, if Latin is not the language used in meeting the first prerequisite. This requirement must be completed at least by the beginning of the senior year.

3. Successful completion of two courses from among Anthropology 222; Classical Archaeology 221, 222; Classical Civilization 101, 102; Great Books 191, 192, 201, 202; History 110, 111, 180, 200, 201, 210, 211, 380, 381; History of Art 101, 102; any of the MARC courses numbered 200 and above. For other courses which may satisfy the prerequisites, please see the Director of the MARC program. Prospective concentrators are encouraged to elect at least one course focusing on the ancient world and one course on the Middle Ages or Renaissance.

Concentration Program. The concentration program requires a minimum of thirty upper-level credits (courses number 300 and above). 120 credits are required for the A.B. or B.S. degree. A typical MARC concentration is broadly conceived, with students distributing their efforts among various areas and disciplines representing a coherent acquisition of knowledge for a program of study focusing on Medieval and Renaissance history, civilization and culture. MARC concentrators work closely with the program Director who helps them in selecting the most appropriate courses each term.

Specific requirements:

1. The four MARC Core courses (MARC 401, 402, 403, and 404). These unifying courses cover the major periods of the MARC program: the early Medieval period, the later Medieval period, the Mediterranean Renaissance, and the northern Renaissance. These Core courses, taught by senior faculty, are designed to inspire reflection and to broaden the cultural horizons of students.

2. In addition to the four Core courses, MARC concentrators elect at least eighteen additional upper-level credits chosen from at least three other departments and distributed as follows:

a. Nine of these eighteen credits must be elected in a single department and must focus on the Medieval or Renaissance periods.

b. Three of these eighteen credits must be in an appropriate literature course in one of the languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) or Old/Middle English, or Old French, or Latin. (In the case of Latin, this course must be in addition to the Latin prerequisite and cannot satisfy the prerequisite.)

c. Six of these eighteen credits may be taken outside of the Medieval or Renaissance periods. That is, these six credits need not focus on the area or periods chosen for the MARC concentration.

d. A MARC concentration also requires a substantial research paper (35-50 pages) written under the direction of an appropriate faculty member. The Director of MARC serves as second reader. If the MARC Director is the main reader, another faculty member will be appointed to serve as second reader.

Double Concentration. Students may elect to meet the requirements of a second concentration program along with completing their MARC program. This might be easily arranged with any one of the various programs and departments referred to above. Students interested in doing a double concentration, however, should talk with the MARC Director as early in their undergraduate careers as possible.

Honors Concentration. Ideally all MARC concentrators are Honor students. The four MARC Core courses are the basic Honors courses for the concentration.

Advising and Counseling. Students interested in the courses or program of the Medieval and Renaissance Collegium are invited to discuss their interests with the MARC Director during the working hours of the office. Students will be referred to appropriate faculty members in the various departments according to their area of interest.

MARC Courses. Following is a listing of a selection of courses which may be elected for a MARC concentration or by students interested in taking occasional courses in Medieval and/or Renaissance studies. For more detailed information, please consult the MARC Office, 3405-3407 Modern Languages Building, 763-2066.

Courses in Other Departments

The following courses, which may be included in a concentration plan, are offered by other departments and programs:

I. Comparative Study of Late Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and East European Cultures (at least two must be studied).

Classical Civilization 472, 473.

History 210, 240, 396 and 397 (appropriate sections), 404, 410, 430, 431, 432, 438, 440, 441, 442, 540, 543.

Near East (GNE) 445, 469, 470, 471, 472, 477, 487.

II. Early and High Middle Ages

English 445, 450, 455.

French 438.

German 375, 444, 449, 450.

History 210, 211, 311, 410, 411.

History of Art 341, 444.

Italian 475, 476.

Scandinavian 421, 422, 441.

Spanish 461.

III. Renaissance Italy

History 311, 412, 413.

History of Art 250, 405, 450, 451.

Italian 387, 431, 475, 476, 481.

IV. Northern Renaissance and Reformation

English 367, 445, 455, 457, 465, 469.

French 439, 487, 488.

History 314, 315, 414, 420.

History of Art 452, 465, 466.

Music 521.

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