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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medieval/Renaissance Study, BA

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About the Program

The concept of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (or MARS) is an integral part of the tradition of the university. The interdisciplinary major and minor are designed to appeal to students who desire to cultivate a broadly integrated understanding of Western civilization. Unlike the vertical orientations of departmental disciplines, which follow one field of study from its beginnings to the present, MARS cuts horizontally across fifteen subject areas such as art, architecture, drama, history, music, vernacular and Latin literature, philosophy, and political science. The program presents a variety of ways to acquire perspectives concerning the nature and origins of the world in which we live.

Founded in 1970, the interdepartmental program coordinates things medieval and renaissance at Purdue. These include an undergraduate major and minor and two interdisciplinary courses. MARS hosts the Fall Symposium, in which two distinguished scholars are invited to speak, and it organizes two graduate conferences: the Comitatus Conference for Medieval Studies (usually in February), and the Renaissance Prose Conference (usually in November). Now in its second decade, “MARS Mondays” is a lunch-time lecture series featuring talks by faculty and students that meets typically four times in the Fall and Winter semesters. MARS also cooperates with other IDIS programs such as Comparative Literature and Literature and Film and it is active in Medieval Academy’s CARA (Committee on Centers and Regional Associates). It also sponsors two awards for the best papers on medieval and renaissance topics at the annual Literary Awards contest.

The program is administered by an interdepartmental committee, composed of members from the participating departments. There is an appointed chair and secretary. The program receives an annual budget from the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Medieval and Renaissance Studies  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (33 credits)

A Minor in another field IS REQUIRED


In order to complete this Major, the student MUST take MARS 22000 - Introduction To Medieval And Renaissance Studies . The foreign language requirement of the core must be satisfied by taking or establishing credit in 20200 (Level IV).

Requirements for the Major

Specialization within the MARS Major is possible, BUT not more than 12 hours may be chosen from any one subject area. Courses must be taken from five of the following subject areas: Art & Design, Classics, Communication, English, French, German, History, Italian, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Russian, Spanish, or Theatre.


A course used to satisfy Requirement A cannot be used to satisfy Requirement D(1) or D(2).

B. Three courses in literature, language and culture, are required (9 credits)

Two of them in a foreign language beyond the core requirement and one in a major author.

B (1) Choose two

See below

Note: If the core requirement has been satisfied in a foreign language other than those listed above, the student may satisfy this Medieval Studies requirement through additional, advanced course work (6 credits) in that language or by taking two semesters of intensive LATN (LATN 60100 /LATN 60300/LATN 60500 ).*

B (2) Choose one of the Major Author courses that are currently available

See below

Note: In these Major Author courses, literary works are studied in the original language of composition. MARS Majors taking ENGL 44000  or ENGL 44100  will be required to write a lengthy term paper involving interdisciplinary research as a senior project.

A course used to satisfy Requirement B cannot be used to satisfy Requirement C, D(1), or D(2).

C. Two courses (6 credits)

See below

D. One course each in D(1) (Medieval) and D(2) (Renaissance) (9 credits)

One course each in D(1) (Medieval) and D(2) (Renaissance), and an additional course elected from D(1) or D(2)

See below

D (1)
D (2)
D (1)/D (2)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (16-18 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

15-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

  • REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Minor - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Minor - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Minor - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Minor - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Minor - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Requirements Lists

# Preferred course

## Consent of the Instructor is required for MARS undergraduates who wish to take these 60000-level courses

### When the Topic is Appropriate to the Major.

B (1)

D (1)

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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