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.
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. 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.
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, 396 & 397 (appropriate sections), 404, 430, 431, 432, 438, 442, 543.
Near East (GNE) 445, 469, 472, 487.
II. Early and High Middle Ages
English 445, 450, 455.
German 375, 444, 449.
History 210, 211, 311, 410, 411.
History of Art 341, 444.
Italian 475, 476.
III. Renaissance Italy
History 412, 413.
History of Art 250, 405, 450, 451.
Italian 387, 475, 476, 481.
IV. Northern Renaissance and Reformation
English 367, 445, 455, 457, 465, 469.
History 414, 420.
History of Art 452, 465, 466.
Music 239, 478.
203. The European Renaissance. (4). (Excl).
204. The Late Renaissance and Reformation. (4). (Excl).
205. Material Resources in the Medieval and Renaissance Culture. (4). (Excl).
210/Hist. 210. Early Middle Ages, 300-1100. (3). (SS).
211/Hist. 211. Later Middle Ages, 1100-1500. (3). (SS).
212/Hist. 212. The Renaissance. (3). (HU).
213/Hist. 213. The Reformation. (3). (HU).
240/Hist. of Art 240. The Visual Arts in Medieval Society. Hist. of Art 101 or 102; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
250/Hist. of Art 250. Italian Renaissance Art. Hist. of Art 101 or 102 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).
323/Hist. of Art 305. The Themes and Symbols of Western Art. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
375/Germ. 375/Rel. 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).
386/French 386. Introduction to French Literature (Beginnings to 1600). French 232 or equivalent. (3). (HU).
401. Early Medieval Period. (3). (Excl).
402. Late Medieval Period. (3). (Excl).
403. Mediterranean Renaissance. (3). (Excl).
404. The Northern Renaissance. (3). (Excl).
411. Special Topics. (1-3). (Excl).
413/Hist. 413. Intellectual History of the Italian Renaissance. (3). (Excl).
414/Hist. 412. Social and Intellectual History of the Florentine Renaissance. I or II. (3). (Excl).
417/RC Humanities 417. Epic and Saga. (4). (Excl).
418. Comparative and Thematic Studies of Medieval Culture I. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
419. Comparative and Thematic Studies of Medieval Culture II. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
420. Comparative and Thematic Studies of Medieval Culture III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
421/RC Hums. 386. Medieval Drama. RC Hums. 280 or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).
422. Early and High Middle Ages: Thematic Studies II. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
423. Early and High Middle Ages: Thematic Studies III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
424. Early and High Middle Ages: Thematic Studies IV. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
425. Renaissance Italy: Thematic Studies I. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
426. Renaissance Italy: Thematic Studies II. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
427. Renaissance Italy: Thematic Studies III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
429. The Northern Renaissance and Reformation: Thematic Studies II. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
430. The Northern Renaissance and Reformation: Thematic Studies III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
437/French 451. French Culture in Literature in the Middle Ages with Visual Assistance. Taught in French. Two of French 386, 387, 388, 389, or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).
439/Italian 433. Dante in Translation. A knowledge of Italian is not required. May not be included in a concentration plan in Italian. (3). (HU).
440/Latin 435. Medieval Latin I, 500-900 A.D. Two years of college Latin or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).
441/Latin 436. Medieval Latin II, 900-1350 A.D. Two years of college Latin or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).
443/German 444. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
444/French 475. Reading of Old French Texts. Two of French 386, 387, 388, 389, or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).
445/Hist. of Art 445. Medieval Architecture. Hist. of Art 101 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).
446/Hist. of Art 446. The Courtly Arts of the High and Late Middle Ages. Hist. of Art 101 or 102; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
454/Hist. of Art 454. Late Renaissance Art in Italy. Hist. of Art 102 or 250; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
455/English 455. Medieval English Literature. (3). (HU).
457/English 457. Renaissance English Literature. (3). (HU).
465/English 465. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales. (3). (Excl).
486. Research Methods in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Junior or senior standing in MARC or Studies in Religion; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
489/Hist. of Art 490. Art of Islam in the Mediterranean Region. Hist. of Art 101 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
490. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
495. Paleography. (1-4). (Excl).
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