Members of several departments within the Dietrich School have joined together to create a vital interdisciplinary program focusing on the medieval and Renaissance periods. The program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies attempts to recreate the interlocking of many disciplines that characterized medieval and Renaissance culture. The modern division into academic disciplines does not adequately reflect the complexity of European culture at this time. For example, some theologians wrote literary works, some poets were well versed in philosophy, some scientists were theologians, artists were inspired by religious ideas as were political theorists.
We offer a set of interlocking courses in literature, philosophy, and religion, music, the fine arts, the history of science and the history of society. Students who participate fully in the Program have the opportunity to earn a certificate. This achievement, which attests to their stamina and commitment beyond the usual requirements of the bachelor's degree, is one means of suggesting strength of mind and purpose to any employer or graduate school.