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
In the current COVID-19 crisis, the love of Danny Fitzpatrick, BA '13, for Italy, appreciation for his time there, and a creative collaboration with sculptor Tim Schmalz have led to a specific way of rendering aid to the country beloved by so many UD alumni and one-time Romers.
Edisson Ramos, BA '20, is one of many students receiving assistance from UD's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which has currently raised nearly $90,000; the first of the funds were distributed last week to help students make their April rent, and Director of Financial Aid Taryn Anderson, BA '07, is in the process of distributing a second wave to students with housing or food insecurity or in need of Wi-Fi or other resources for online learning.
In our current condition, with most of the U.S. sheltering in place and/or learning and working from our homes, it's hard to imagine that just 20 days ago, teachers and those aspiring to be teachers gathered together for the fourth annual Excellence in Education conference at the University of Dallas, organized, run and sponsored by UD's Education Department, but so they did, and so we will all do -- gather together, that is -- some day again.