Medieval and Byzantine Studies majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Medieval World (HIST 235)
  2. A foreign language, preferably Latin or Greek (see below)
  3. A liberal arts foundations course; a course toward a minor, certificate, or other focus area; or a free elective

About Your First Semester Courses

The major in Medieval and Byzantine Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages. It draws on the faculty across the several schools of the university to offer a comprehensive approach to this very complex civilization that has shaped our modern world in profound ways. Students learn about the history, art, literature, theology, and philosophy of the Middle Ages. The FYE courses in English, Philosophy, and Theology will prepare students well for the diverse areas of study required of the MBS major.

MBS students are encouraged to begin with a course that would count towards the major, such as HIST 235 (Medieval World) or ENG 351 (Chaucer and his Age I).

The university requires you to complete the study of a foreign language through the intermediate level. As a MBS major, it is recommended that you study either Greek or Latin, as both languages complement the major well. If you have prior experience with either language, you should take the Greek or Latin language placement exam to determine at what level you should enroll. Later on, you may choose to study additional relevant languages such as Arabic, Syriac, or Coptic as electives in your major.

For your fifth course, you can choose what you like. You can take a liberal arts elective or a free elective course in a subject of your interest. Or, you may wish to begin study in a secondary subject area, perhaps for a minor or certificate. Keep an open mind! Remember that since an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to Medieval and Byzantine Studies, you will be more successful the broader your knowledge base is.

To learn more about the Medieval and Byzantine studies major, consult the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies’ website.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.