Contents Minor

In the Middle Ages minor you will explore the fascinating world of the European Middle Ages. You will study this long period of knights and damsels, of monks, popes and heretics, of merchants, scholars and jesters from different angles by scholars from different disciplines. By investigating medieval culture from (art) historical and literary perspectives, you will develop a varied and rich understanding of the period.

Goals

After this course you will:

  • have developed a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the period of the Middle Ages.
  • have knowledge of  the most important developments that took place in this period, of the most prominent scholarly traditions in this field, as well as of modern images of the period.
  • have knowledge of a variety of sources  to study the Middle Ages, and of the possibilities and problems in studying them.
  • be able to formulate a clear research problem for investigating a specific historical problem
  • be able to find and analyse modern literature as well as medieval sources to answer a research question
  • be able to present the result of your research in a clear and convincing way.

Courses

The minor consists of four courses that are complementary. The first course will focus on the peculiarities of medieval sources and on the proper ways to approach them, for it is through the sources that we gather material for our knowledge of the period. In this course students will also train to write a contribution for Wikipedia and thus to present their results to a broader audience. In the second course we focus on the earlier medieval period with an emphasis on kings, monasteries and learned Latin culture, while in the third course we will move to the later medieval world of cities, courts and literature in the vernacular. The final course will deal with the whole period but from a specific angle: the relationship between man and animal. This concluding course we will also deal the question of how to tackle specific research problems.

Preparation for a master

This programme prepares 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.

Blok 2

GE3V14049
World of the Middle Ages
Niveau 3
7,5 EC

Blok 3

GE3V14050
Court and City in the Middle Ages
Niveau 3
7,5 EC

Blok 4

GE3V17051
Animals in the Middle Ages
Niveau 3
7,5 EC

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 Selected Entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the minor and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week 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 (doc) during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Please send the form -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.

Courses with Selected Entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the course and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week 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
Telefoonnummer: 030 253 6465