ARTH 3115. Medieval Art and Architecture (3-0-3) This course examines developments in the art and architecture of the European High Middle Ages, especially the Romanesque and Gothic periods (ca. 1000-1500 CE). Special attention is given to the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of medieval art and, in particular, to the diverse of roles of art in the Church in structuring religious experience in medieval society. (Course fee required.)
ARTH 3117. Italian Renaissance Art (3-0-3) This course examines the art of Italy in from the late-13th through the 16th centuries. It focuses primarily on the art of Florence, Siena, Rome and Venice with a detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts. (Course fee required.)
ARTH 3118. Northern Renaissance Art (3-0-3) This course examines the painting, printmaking, sculpture, and book arts of Northern Europe from the late 14th through the 16th centuries. The course focuses on major artists, monuments, styles, and themes. (Course fee required.)
ARTH 3126. Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy and Spain (3-0-3) This course examines the painting, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture of Europe from the late 16th through the 17th centuries, a period known as the Age of the Baroque. The course focuses on major artists, monuments, styles, and themes. This course may be repeated once for credit with permission of the instructor. (Course fee required.)
ENGL 3135. Medieval Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 2157 with a minimum grade of C. The purpose of this course is to gain valuable understanding of literary works written in and around the British Isles during the Middle Ages (circa 500-1500). Readings may include Modern English translations of works originally written in Old English, Middle English, Welsh, Irish, Latin, and other languages. This course may follow a traditional survey of the time period or focus on a more specific literary theme, genre, and/or movement. Along with the prerequisite of ENGL 2157, it is recommended that students take ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 before or concurrently with this course.
ENGL 3136. Renaissance Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 2157 with a minimum grade of C. The purpose of this course is to gain a valuable understanding of British literature during the period 1500-1700, including its artistic, cultural, and historical context, and its lasting impact on literary expression to the present day. This course may follow a traditional survey of the time period or focus on a more specific literary theme, genre, and/or movement. Along with the prerequisite of ENGL 2157, it is recommended that students take ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 before or concurrently with this course.
ENGL 4505. Selected Topics in Shakespeare (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a grade of "C" or better. A study of the works of Shakespeare, focused on a theme or approach developed by the instructor. Topics may include areas such as Shakespeare’s historical and cultural impact, Shakespeare in contemporary performance, or Shakespeare and emerging technologies. May be repeated for credit two times with different topics.
ENGL 4555. Selected Authors - Capstone Course (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102, ENGL 2155, ENGL 2156, and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better. ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 may be taken concurrently. Students must take the capstone course either in the semester they plan to graduate or the semester before they graduate. An intensive study of one or two major authors. Students will read a substantial body of the author's work in the context of social, political, historical, and religious issues of the age. The course will also include an opportunity for students to read and discuss secondary critical works, especially as they increase understanding of theoretical approaches to literature (formalist, psychological, materialist, feminist, cultural/historical, etc.).
ENGL 5166. History of the English Language (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a grade of "C" or better. A study of the linguistic origins of English from Anglo-Saxon to Middle English to modern world Englishes, including an understanding of how varieties of English convey cultural and political meaning.
ENGL 5187. Old English (3-0-3) Undergraduate Prerequisites: Junior standing and two ENGL courses, 2000 level or above. An introduction to the language of the Anglo-Saxons, who ruled England from ca. 449-1066 C.E. This language, which is commonly called Old English, is the ancestor of our modern English. Although there will be some attention to the finer points of grammar early in the course, our major focus will be the translation and interpretation of Old English poetry and prose.
ENGL 5545. Advanced Topics in Literature, Writing, and Theory (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102, ENGL 2155, ENGL 2156, and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better. ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 may be taken concurrently. Intensive study of a major author, theme, genre or movement in literature, writing, or theory. May be taken twice for credit if the topic is different.
HIST 3155. Intro to European History I, Ancient and Medieval (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Any 1000 or 2000 level HIST course. A diverse cultural approach to the emergence of the medieval world and its development from Ancient Greece through the early Middle Ages. Topics will include the development political institutions, religion, and culture.
HIST 3156. Intro to European History II, Medieval and Early Modern (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Any 1000 or 2000 level HIST course. A diverse cultural approach to the High and Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. Topics will include the development political institutions, religion, and culture.
HIST 3165. The Making of the Islamic World, ca. 600-1100 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 1111 or 1112 or 2111 or 2112. This course will serve as an introduction to the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam through to the beginning of the Crusading movement.
HIST 3555. History Topics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Any 1000 or 2000 level HIST course. Topics vary according to instructor. May be repeated three times for credit with different topics.
HIST 5715. The Crusades (3-0-3) Undergraduate Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a minimum grade of C or consent of department chair. The Crusades continue to cast a long shadow over the history of the world, both East and West. This course will contextualize the Crusades within the medieval world by examining the following questions: Why did medieval people go on Crusade? What were the motives and experiences of the Crusaders? How did the Crusades change Islam and the Islamic world? What role did religion play in the ongoing conflict? These questions will be examined from the perspective of both the European Crusaders and the Muslims living in the East at the time of the Crusades.
HIST 5716. The Caliphate: The Islamic State, Medieval to Modern (3-0-3) Undergraduate Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a minimum grade of C or consent of department chair. This course focuses on the role the religion of Islam has had on shaping the political and legal systems of the Middle East from late antiquity through to the present day. It considers the religious and secular aspects of the Caliphate from its inception, and how the role of the Caliphs and their entourage have changed across centuries.
HIST 5575. Selected Topics in European History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in the history of modern Europe. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies.
MUSC 3228. Music History to Mozart (3-0-3) Prerequisite: MUSC 2202. Chronological study of the development of Western music; an in-depth study of musical thought and practice.
PHIL 3115. Ancient-Medieval Philosophy (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or any philosophy class. A survey of the origin and developments in philosophical thought from ancient times to the beginning of the Modern era (Renaissance). The doctrines of the philosophers will be examined in relation to their cultural settings and for their relevance today.
POLS 3148. Religion and Politics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101 with a grade of C or better. For much of the history of human civilization, political problems have been theological problems. The separation of the purely political from the purely theological is a recent development that has only involved a relatively small span of human lives. This course will examine the broad and deep contextual factors affecting political-religious thought and practice as well as the dynamic linking of religion and politics in the United States.
SPAN 4115. Survey of Literary Texts from Spain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. A panoramic survey of literary texts in Castilian Spanish from the Middle Ages into the twenty-first century. Students will acquire a basic grasp of the techniques and terminology, as well as the critical and theoretical concepts necessary to comprehend and reflect on essays, poetry, prose, and drama.
SPAN 4117. Spanish Golden Age Theater (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. Golden Age theatre includes "comedias" from the sixteenth and seventeenth-centuries in Early Modern Spain. Students will spend time with important works by playwrights such as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, or María de Zayas, while viewing the texts as scripts in order to focus on the performance of the works.
THEA 3175. Theatre History/Literature 1: Greeks to Renaissance (3-0-3) Prerequisite: THEA 1175. Interdisciplinary examination of dramatic literature and theatre history from ancient Greece to the early Renaissance, studied in the context of important cultural trends of these periods.
THEA 3176. Theatre History/Literature 2: Renaissance to Romanticism (3-0-3) Prerequisite: THEA 1175. Interdisciplinary examination of dramatic literature and theatre history from the Renaissance to Romanticism, studied in the context of important cultural trends of these periods.