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. HIST 235 (Medieval World) or another course that counts for the major
  2. A foreign language, preferably Latin or Greek unless agreed otherwise with your advisor (link to placement information)
  3. A course of your own choosing

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.

Students interested in Medieval and Byzantine Studies should sign up for Medieval Pathways (MDST 201), our gateway course for the major and minor, which is offered every spring.

1 st Semester Courses

Since the gateway course for MBS is not offered until the spring semester, MBS students are encouraged to concentrate in the fall of their freshman year on another course that would count towards the major, such as HIST 235 (Medieval World). A complete list of courses in the MBS major is available at

Know which courses you want? Get registered.