Medieval Studies

Welcome to Medieval Studies

Explore the human condition

The Medieval Studies minor offers the opportunity to address a variety of questions about the Middle Ages as well as about our own time: Why did thousands of Christian soldiers march off to uncertain wars against the "infidels" in the Crusades? How does an understanding of these holy wars enable us to think about conflicts fought over competing religious ideologies today? How does an understanding of medieval antifeminism assist our analysis of modern sexual inequality and discrimination?

Whether you study the past for the sake of its own triumphs and failures, or as a distant mirror reflecting our own, the academic pursuit of medieval culture opens up innumerable opportunities to explore the human condition in its many varied forms.

About Medieval Studies
Program Requirements
Current Course Offerings
Faculty
 

About Medieval Studies

Our mission

The Medieval Studies minor seeks to foster an understanding of the cultural monuments of the European Middle Ages both as accomplishments worthy of study in their own right and as the source of countless institutions of, and questions about, modernity in the West. The faculty pursue a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research that emphasizes the interrelatedness of the many fields of human knowledge.

Why study medieval history and culture?

The thousand-year period known as the Middle Ages produced countless monuments of culture worthy of study in their own right: the incomparably massive body of literature about King Arthur and his knights; the Icelandic Althing, the first European parliamentary system of government; the Gothic cathedrals of France, marvels of engineering and faith that reached toward God and Heaven itself. An equally impressive number of modern institutions have their roots in the Middle Ages. Dating etiquette, popular love songs, the American jury system, the standards by which we measure the justness of war, and the cap and gown worn at Commencement all originated in medieval ideas and practices.

Answering questions about the Middle Ages and our own time

Medieval studies offers the opportunity to address a variety of questions about the Middle Ages as well as about our own time: Why did thousands of Christian soldiers march off to uncertain wars against the "infidels" in the Crusades? How does an understanding of these holy wars enable us to think about conflicts fought over competing religious ideologies today?

What were women's lives like during the Middle Ages? How does an understanding of medieval antifeminism assist our analysis of modern sexual inequality and discrimination?

What conditions paved the way for the rise of voluntary poverty as a means of imitating Christ in the urban centers of thirteenth-century Europe? How does the language used to describe the impoverished of New Orleans nowadays contribute to the creation of a major social dilemma as well as to its possible resolution?

Whether you study the past for the sake of its own triumphs and failures, or as a distant mirror reflecting our own, the academic pursuit of medieval culture opens up innumerable opportunities to explore the human condition in its many varied forms.

Program Requirements

The Medieval Studies minor is an 18 credit hour program (6 courses) that offers students an exploration of the Middle Ages through culture, history, philosophy, and religion. Participating students will complete three core courses in the areas of history, literature, and medieval thought, and complete their program with three courses of Medieval Studies eligible electives.

An itemized academic program listing and course requirements for Medieval Studies can be found in the University Bulletin. 

Course Offerings

Students can use the Course Section Search on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system to find courses that are eligible for the Medieval Studies program. Before declaring a Medieval Studies minor, please contact the program director. 

Faculty

The Director of Medieval Studies is Alice Clark, Professor of Music History

Participating faculty also include: