Middle Ages

In the minor Middle Ages, you are introduced to the Middle Ages, a vibrant period full of development. This interdisciplinary minor examines the tension between the familiar and the unknown, introducing new sources and methods, to help you understand the period.


Number of EC

30 EC

Number of courses

4 compulsory courses


Block 1


Dr. Rob Meens

Course overview

Middle Ages

Minor code


Entry requirements

At least 45 EC for category 1 (Bachelor Introduction), and basic knowledge of Medieval History, art and literature

Associated MA-programmes
Register between 3 June and 21 June 2024

Make sure to register for the minor as well as all its courses


This minor introduces you to the fascinating world of the (European) Middle Ages, a period that sometimes is still regarded as backward and as an era in which nothing happened. This minor demonstrates 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, all bringing their own methods and source material. In this way you will be introduced to new sources and new methods for scrutinizing them. 


After completing the minor:

  • Your understanding of the world of the Middle Ages and its legacy is improved
  • The interdisciplinary approach broadened your views: by looking at different kinds of sources and applying various methods for analysing them
  • You have learned how to deal with sources from a manuscript culture
  • You know how to formulate a relevant research question
  • You are able to find the relevant literature  and source material in order to investigate a particular problem
  • You are to present your results in a clear and convincing way


The minor consists of 4 courses. The first course introduces you to the particular character of medieval written sources: the fact that they are handwritten. You 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.

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.

More information

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