If the period commonly referred to as the Renaissance marks the beginning of the Early
Modern period in European history, it nonetheless exists in profound continuity with
the Middle Ages. The two periods share common theses, issues, auctores and institutions
and participate in a common enterprise: for they both attempt to forge a union out
of the impressive remnants of ancient, but pagan, civilization and the living traditions
of thought and piety associated with biblical (Jewish and Christian) religion.
Even when the Renaissance writers do distance themselves from late medieval practices
and thinking, often enough what they are doing is reviving the spirit and language
of an earlier Middle Ages in preference to more recent developments. Hence the appropriateness
of combining the study of the Renaissance with that of the Middle Ages in a single
Concentrators are free, of course, to emphasize one period more than the other if
Through a consortium agreement with Southern Methodist University and the University
of Texas at Dallas, it is possible for students pursuing the concentration to take
courses in medieval subjects not usually offered here but available at the other institutions,
with the approval of the Director of the Center.
The concentration requires the completion of six three-credit upper-division courses,
in four different fields, from the list below or otherwise approved by the Director
and distributed according to the following principles:
History (two courses)
English, Modern Languages or Classics.
Philosophy or Theology.
A fifth course other than History and other than the fields chosen in #2 and #3.
A sixth course in any field.
Approved Medieval-Renaissance Courses:
ART 5356 Italian Renaissance Art 1300–1600 ART 5365 Medieval Art ART 5367 Northern Renaissance 1400–1550 DRA 3335 Theater Literature I ECO 4343 Western Economic History I ENG 3323 Medieval Literature. ENG 4359. Shakespeare ENG 4370 Dante ENG 5312 The English Renaissance ENG 5320 Arthurian Romance CLL 3334 Augustine CLL 3335 Medieval Latin Readings MFR 3322 Medieval and Renaissance Literature MFR 5V50 Old French MGE 3321 German Literary Tradition I MFR 5V50 Old Occitan MSP 3320 Spanish Literary Tradition I MSP 3327 Golden Age Drama/Poetry MSP 3328 Golden Age Novel MSP 3338 Medieval Literature in Spain MSP 3340 History of Medieval Spain MSP 3341 History of Habsburg Spain HIS 3307 Medieval Europe I HIS 3308 Medieval Europe II HIS 3309 Topics in Medieval History HIS 3310 The Renaissance HIS 3311 The Reformation
His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.
During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.
From the time he was in fourth grade, Bishop Francis Malone, BA '74 MA '77 MDiv '77, knew he was going to be a priest. As he was serving Mass in his home parish, Malone heard God's call, loud and clear.