Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Course Information

Program Overview

The Renaissance gave us the "Uomo Universale," the idealized "Renaissance Men or Women" who mastered many fields of human expression to serve the needs of their community and to lead a more fulfilled life.

Today, Assumption, with its roots in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition takes inspiration from that idea. The Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) offers students the opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of the Medieval and Early Modern world by combining studies in history, literature, languages, the arts, philosophy, politics, and religion to deepen and broaden their understanding of Medieval and Early Modern civilizations.

The MEMS minor should be taken in conjunction with the student’s primary discipline and is especially recommended to complement participation in a study abroad program in Europe or Latin America. Students considering pursuing Medieval or Early Modern Studies as a specialty in graduate school or as a career are also strongly encouraged to obtain proficiency in one or more foreign languages, especially Latin.

Minor 

Students pursuing the MEMS minor must complete a total of six courses, including an upper-level history course.

MEMS Lectures

Every spring, faculty members from different disciplines present their on-going research in medieval and Early Modern topics. In fall 2017, in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, Dr. Carlos Eire, the T. L. Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, lectured on “Catholic Miracles in the Age of Reformations: a History of the Impossible?” in the new Curtiss Performance Hall of the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, which can be viewed here.