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:
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.
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 Program Office, 3405-3407 Modern Languages Building, 763-2066.
Courses in Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC) (Division 430) 210/Hist. 210. Early Middle Ages, 300-1100. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).
211/Hist. 211. Later Middle Ages, 1100-1500. (4). (SS).
213/Hist. 213. The Reformation. (3). (HU).
240/Hist. of Art 240. The Visual Arts in Medieval Society. (3). (HU).
250/Hist. of Art 250. Italian Renaissance Art, I. (4). (HU).
251/Hist. of Art 251. Italian Renaissance Art, II. (4). (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 366. Medieval Literature, History, and Culture. French 232, and 8 credits in courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
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 Hums. 417. Epic and Saga. (4). (Excl).
420. Comparative and Thematic Studies of Medieval Culture III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
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.
427. Renaissance Italy: Thematic Studies III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
428/Hist. 414. Northern Renaissance and Reformation. (3). (Excl).
430. The Northern Renaissance and Reformation: Thematic Studies III. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
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. (3). (Excl).
441/Latin 436. Medieval Latin II, 900-1350 A.D. Two years of college Latin. (3). (Excl).
443/German 444. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
444/French 461. Reading of Old French Texts. Two of French 366, 367, 368, 369. (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).
490. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
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