Contents Minor

In this minor students will be introduced to the fascinating world of the (European) Middle Ages. This period is sometimes still regarded as backward and as an era in which nothing happened. This minor will demonstrate that the Middle Ages are a vibrant historical period in which many of the foundations of the modern world were developed. Yet in many ways this is also a very different world. It is precisely this tension between the familiar and the unknown, what makes this period so fascinating. The minor programme is explicitly interdisciplinary which means that the medieval world will be approached from different angles. Historians, art historians and literary historians cooperate in this minor, all bringing their own methods and source material. In this way students will be introduced to new sources and new methods for scrutinizing them. 

Goals

  • This minor will improve your understanding of the world of the Middle Ages and its legacy.
  • The interdisciplinary approach will broaden your views by looking at different kinds of sources and applying various methods for analysing them.
  • You will learn how to deal with sources from a manuscript culture
  • You will learn how to formulate a relevant research question
  • You will  be able to find the relevant literature  and source material in order to investigate a particular problem
  • You will be able to present your results in a clear and convincing way

Courses

The first course will introduce you to the particular character of medieval written sources: the fact that they are handwritten. You will practice reading them and get the chance to work with them in their original form. The second course focusses on the earlier Middle Ages and on the topics of religion and intellectual culture of that period. The third course focusses more on the later period and on the lay worlds of town and court. In the final course we will dig deeper into a special topic: the relations between humans and animals in the Middle Ages. In this course we will pay more attention to aspects of doing research:  research questions, research methods and ways to present your results. 

Preparation for a master

This minor is an excellent preparation for the Research Master programme Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, but is also intended to accommodate students who want to know more about the Middle Ages.

Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses and whether there is a placement committee.

entry requirements

There may be specific entry requirements for some of the course modules in the minor. Please refer to the description of the course modules in the University's Course Catalogue.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

Utrecht University students can register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period (Monday 3 June through Monday 17 June at 12 noon). We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

REGISTRATION STUDY RESULTS

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.

Students from other Universities can register for the minor and each course module using the digital registration form during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Besides that we also need a Proof of Registration from your own educational instituion. Please send the form and the Proof of Registration -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period (Monday 3 June through Monday 17 June at 12 noon). We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

Study results

Once you have completed the course modules with as passing result, you can apply for a list of grades (transcript) of the minor programme at the Student Desk Humanities.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.

Minor coordinator