Program Coordinator: Christina Von Nolcken, G-B 331, 702-7977,
Secretary: Maria Parks, G-B 309, 702-7092
Program of Study
The Committee on Medieval Studies offers two options to undergraduates for concentrated studies in the medieval period. Students may elect either to enter a Bachelor of Arts program in medieval studies or to pursue medieval studies in conjunction with another program through the judicious selection of courses.
The purpose of the B.A. program with concentration in medieval studies is to allow students to become acquainted with a broad range of medieval materials from a variety of perspectives (historical, literary, artistic, theological, etc.) as a preparation for writing a B.A. paper on some aspect of medieval civilization. Students pursue the investigation of the Middle Ages through studies in historical, literary, and adjunct areas. A total of eleven courses is required, including at least three courses basically historical in nature, three courses of linguistic character, and two courses in other disciplines (e.g., art, music, philosophy, and theology). Each student should determine these courses in consultation with the adviser assigned by the program.
Students concentrating in medieval studies are expected to demonstrate competence in reading one language in which a significant body of medieval source material exists. Such competence is demonstrated primarily through the language courses and through the use of source materials in the B.A. paper. Latin is strongly urged for those working in Western materials, but other options (particularly for students interested in Byzantine, Jewish, or Muslim culture) are available. Students should consult the adviser regarding the three-course language requirement, which is to be used both for acquiring language skills, if necessary, beyond the College language requirement and for pursuing the reading of medieval texts.
The program also requires all concentrators to participate in a one-quarter reading and research course with a member of the committee who has agreed to advise them in planning and writing the B.A. paper; students should register for a reading course in this committee member's department. Their completed paper will ordinarily be read by at least two members of the committee representing different academic departments.
Students who wish to pursue medieval studies in conjunction with another program of study should choose their courses in consultation with the program coordinator.
Summary of Requirements
3 courses in historical studies
3 language studies
2 adjunct areas
1 reading and research course
Grading. Except for courses taught within the New Collegiate Division, there is no P/N or P/F grading in this concentration.
Honors. Consideration for honors is individually arranged with the program coordinator. For candidacy, a student must have completed a B.A. paper of the highest quality, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and at least 3.5 within the concentration.
MICHAEL I. ALLEN, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Languages & Literatures and the College
DAVID BEVINGTON, Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities; Professor, Departments of English Language & Literature and Comparative Literature, and the College
MICHAEL CAMILLE, Professor, Department of Art History and the College
PAOLO A. CHERCHI, Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and the College
ROBERT DANKOFF, Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College
ARNOLD DAVIDSON, Professor, Department of Philosophy and the College
FRED M. DONNER, Professor, Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and the College
KATHRYN DUYS, Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and the College
CONSTANTIN FASOLT, Professor, Department of History and the College
RACHEL FULTON, Assistant Professor, Department of History and the College
NORMAN GOLB, Professor, Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and the College
RICHARD HELLIE, Professor, Department of History and the College; Chairman, Russian Civilization Program in the College
NORMAN W. INGHAM, Professor, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies
SAMUEL P. JAFFE, Professor, Department of Germanic Studies and the College
WADAD KADI, Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
WALTER E. KAEGI, Professor, Department of History, Division of the Humanities, and the College
MUSTAPHA KAMAL, Instructor, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
ROBERT KENDRICK, Associate Professor, Department of Music and the College
JULIUS KIRSHNER, Professor, Department of History and the College
JOEL KRAEMER, Professor, the Divinity School
RALPH LERNER, Professor, Committee on Social Thought and the College
BERNARD MCGINN, Professor, the Divinity School and Committee on General Studies in the Humanities; Program Coordinator, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion
MARK MILLER, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature and the College
MICHAEL J. MURRIN, Professor, Departments of English Language & Literature and Comparative Literature, the Divinity School, and the College
ROBERT S. NELSON, Professor, Department of Art History and the College
LUCY PICK, Instructor, the Divinity School
ANNE WALTERS ROBERTSON, Professor, Department of Music and the College
JAY SCHLEUSENER, Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature and the College
LINDA SEIDEL, Professor, Department of Art History and the College
JOSEF STERN, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Committee on General Studies in the Humanities, and the College
NOEL M. SWERDLOW, Professor, Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and History, Committee on the Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science, and the College
Christina von Nolcken, Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature and the College; Chair, Committee on Medieval Studies
ELISSA WEAVER, Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and the College
DONALD WHITCOMB, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
JOHN E. WOODS, Professor, Departments of History and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and the College
For a description of the numbering guidelines for the following courses, consult the section on reading the catalog on page 15.
Historical and Civilization Studies
ARTH 15000. Art of the West: The Ancient and Medieval World. M. Camille. Autumn.
ARTH 17200. Gargoyles at the University of Chicago. M. Camille. Winter.
ARTH 21800/31800. Monstrosity in Medieval Art. M. Camille. Winter.
ARTH 22100/32100. The Medieval Monastery: Architecture, Art, and Activity. L. Seidel. Spring.
HIST 12100. War in the Middle Ages. R. Fulton. Spring.
HIST 13900. Russian Civilization I: The Pre-Petrine Period (=SOSC 24000). R. Hellie, N. Ingham. Autumn.
HIST 20100/30100. Late Antiquity. W. Kaegi. Winter.
HIST 21800/31800. Byzantine Empire, 1025-1453 (=CLCV 29700). W. Kaegi. Autumn.
HIST 21900/31900. History of Strategy. W. Kaegi. Winter.
MDJS 28000-28100-28200. Medieval Jewish History I, II, III (=HUMA 23000-23100-23200, JWST 23000-23100-23200). PQ: Consent of instructor. N. Golb. Autumn, Winter, Spring.
NECV 22000. Introduction to Islamic Civilization (=SOSC 22000). W. Kadi. Autumn.
NECV 22100. Introduction to Islamic Civilization II (=SOSC 22100). R. Dankoff. Winter.
RLST 20700. Medieval Women's Religious Writing (=GNDR 23700, HIST 19800). L. Pick. Autumn.
RLST 20800. Medieval Europe and Its Encounter with Islam (=HIST 19900). L. Pick. Spring.
ARAB 26600/36600. Survey of Classical Arabic Literature. M. Kamal. Spring.
ENGL 15100/35100. Old English Seminar at the Newberry Library: The Exeter Book. PQ: ENGL 14900/34900 or equivalent. The class meets at the Newberry Library. T. Hall. Winter.
ENGL 15500. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (=FNDL 25700). C. von Nolcken. Spring.
ENGL 15600. Medieval English Literature. M. Miller. Winter.
ENGL 15800. Medieval Epic. M. Murrin. Winter.
FREN 21900. Medieval Song. K. Duys. Winter.
FREN 24400. French Classics of the Middle Ages. P. Dembowski. Winter.
GRMN 32400. Introduction to Middle High German and Early New High German Texts and Cultures (=LGLN 35000). S. Jaffe. Autumn.
ITAL 21900. Dante in Translation (=FNDL 22100). P. Cherchi. Winter.
ITAL 23500/33500. Boccaccio e la novellistica. E. Weaver. Autumn.
ITAL 24400/34400. Il poema epico-cavalleresco: Boiardo e Ariosto. E. Weaver. Winter.
LATN 26000/36000. Latin Palaeography. M. Allen. Spring.