Medieval Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The program in Medieval Studies offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in Medieval Studies. The minor has three principal purposes:

  1. To give undergraduate students who have an interest in Medieval Studies the benefit of advising about what courses are available in the various departments and how certain courses might fit together into a meaningful sequence or cluster.

  2. To enable students to be informed about lectures, colloquia, social events, and conferences of interest to them.

  3. To allow those undergraduates who complete substantial work in Medieval Studies to have that fact acknowledged. Should those students wish to pursue further academic work after graduation, their chances of success in the competition for admission to graduate school will be enhanced not just because of the official notice on their transcript but because they will have gained greater professional competence through informed participation in the Medieval Studies program at Berkeley.

Declaring the Minor

Students may declare the Medieval Studies Minor once they have declared a major and completed one upper-division course towards the minor.  At that time, students should meet with the Medieval Studies Minor Adviser to fill out a Minor Registration Card.  Undergraduate Minor Advising office hours can be found here.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)
  9. Please visit the Medieval Studies Undergraduate Minor webpage for more information on the minor and qualifying courses.

Requirements

Five upper division courses on medieval topics. Only three of the five courses may be from the same department.

Recommended Courses

Students who are contemplating advanced work in Medieval Studies should, if possible, take HISTORY 4B  early in their undergraduate career. Other lower division courses are also recommended (e.g., ITALIAN 30), but only upper division courses can be counted toward the minor.

Courses

Medieval Studies

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Sabrina C. Agarwal, Associate Professor. Bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, gender research, biological and evolutionary anthropology, osteology and osteoporosis, health and disease, paleopathology .
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Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor. Islam (social and intellectual history).
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Diliana Angelova, Associate Professor. Gender, early Christian art, Byzantine art, late antique art, the Virgin Mary, early Christian empresses, imperial iconography, power and material culture, the empress Helena, the relic of the True Cross, urban development of Constantinople, textiles, ivories, mythology in Byzantine art, myth and genre in Archaic and Classical Greek art, romantic love in ancient and medieval art.
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Deena Aranoff, Director. Richard S Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Specialty: Jewish Studies.
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Susanna Elm, Professor. History of the Later Roman Empire, pagan - Christian interactions, ancient medicine, slavery and the evolution of Christianity, leadership and empire, reception of antiquity.
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Kate Heslop, Assistant Professor. Medieval Studies, Old Norse literature, Viking and medieval Scandinavia.
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David Hult, Professor. Literary theory, medieval French literature, allegory, hermeneutics, text editing, French Studies.
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Rosemary Joyce, Professor. Latin America, anthropology, gender, archaeology, sexuality, museums, cultural heritage, ethics, Central America, feminism.
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Steven Justice, Professor. English, late medieval literature, medieval Latin, Chaucer, hagiography, Latin religious thought, literary criticism.
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Geoffrey Koziol, Professor. Medieval history, History of Medieval Christianity, Medieval Political Institutions.
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Henrike Lange, Assistant Professor. Medieval art.

Niklaus Largier, Professor. Religion, literature, German, history of medieval and early modern German literature, theology, mysticism, secularism, senses, sensuality, history of emotions, passions, asceticism, flagellation, sexuality.
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Margaret Larkin, Professor. Near Eastern studies.
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Daniel Lee, Assistant Professor. Political theory, history of political thought, jurisprudence.

Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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Laurent Mayali, Professor. Professor Berkeley Law, Specialty: Law, European legal history, comparative law, medieval jurisprudence, customary law.
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Jennifer Miller, Associate Professor. English, philology, paleography, hagiography, medieval literature, literature in old and middle English, historiography, medieval rhetorical culture, insular political relations, multilingualism, translation and textual transmission, dialectology.
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Maureen Miller, Professor. Medieval history.
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Ignacio Navarrete, Professor. Spanish literature: poetry, poetic theory, narrative and culture, history of the book, Cervantes, Don Quixote, Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature Modern Spain .
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Maura Bridget Nolan, Associate Professor. Chaucer, drama, Middle English literature, Gower, Lydgate, medieval, 16th century, literary form, style.
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Christopher Ocker, Professor. Specialty: Religious studies.
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Irmengard Rauch, Professor. Semiotics, Germanic linguistics, linguistic archeology, paralanguage, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, linguistic fieldwork, socio-cultural and cognitive approaches to language variation and language change, contrastive analysis and linguistic methodology, Gothic, Modern High German and its dialects, Old/Middle High/Early New High German.
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Thomas F. Shannon, Professor. Linguistics, control, German, Dutch, syntax, phonology, naturalness, syllable structure, complementation, ergative phenomena, passivization, perfect auxiliary selection, word order, processing factors syntactic phenomena, cognitive, functional grammar, corpus.
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Elaine C. Tennant, Professor. German, Habsburg court society in the early modern period, the development of the German language at the end of the middle ages, the Middle High German narrative tradition, literary and cultural traditions of the holy roman empire, European reactions.
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Jonas Wellendorf, Assistant Professor. Old Norse language and literature, Scandinavian mythology, Scandinavian cultural history (Viking Age and Middle ages).
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Emily Zazulia, Assistant Professor. Medieval and Renaissance Music, the intersection of musical style, complex notation, and intellectual history .
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Lecturers

Kathryn Klar, Lecturer.

Annalee Rejhon, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Albert Russell Ascoli, Professor Emeritus. Italy, national identity, literature and history, Dante, authorship and authority, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Petrarch, Boccaccio, epic and romance, Renaissance, early modern, Middle Ages.
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Carol J. Clover, Professor Emeritus. Medieval studies (Northern Europe), film (especially American) .
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Mary Kay Duggan, Professor Emeritus.

Charles Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus. Medieval Spanish literature, medieval rhetoric, codicology, paleography, computerization of scholarly methodology.
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John Lindow, Professor Emeritus. Department of Scandinavian, Specialty: Folklore, Scandinavian, old Norse-Icelandic literature, Scandinavian folklore, Finno-Ugric folklore, Pre-Christian religion of the North, Scandinavian mythology .
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Daniel F. Melia, Associate Professor. Department of Rhetoric, Celtic Studies Program Specialty: Rhetoric, oral literature, Celtic studies, Celtic languages (Welsh, Irish), Folklore, medieval history and literature .

James T. Monroe, Professor Emeritus.

David H. Wright, Professor Emeritus. Art from Augustus to Charlemagne, palaeography and codicology, late Roman numismatics, Art History, Manuscript Illumination, Codicology, Numismatics.
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Contact Information

Medieval Studies Program

7305 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4218

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Program Director

Jonas Wellendorf, PhD (Department of Scandinavian Studies)

6409 Dwinelle Hall

wellendorf@berkeley.edu

Student Services Officer - Undergraduate Minor

Katie Schramm

319 Wheeler Hall

Phone: 510-642-3138

kschramm@berkeley.edu

Student Services Officer - Concurrent PhD Program

Ken Mahru

319 Wheeler Hall

Phone: 510-643-2494

kenmahru@berkeley.edu

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