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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Dean of Faculty Office
6045 Wentworth Hall, Room 110
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-2736 or (603) 646-2876
Fax: (603) 646-8190
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Studies Modification

Medieval and Renaissance Studies allows students the ability to modify their majors with a broad array of courses concerning societies and cultures that developed and flourished from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity. While centered in Europe, the concentration embraces developments in related cultures, especially that of the Mediterranean. The modification can be used in conjunction with any appropriate major, including: Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French, German Studies, Government, History, Italian, Portuguese, Religion, or Romance Languages.  Guidelines are found in the ORC.  

How to Modify Your Major


Students can modify a major with “Medieval and Renaissance Studies” (MDRN). This consists, as per the instructions for a modified major in the ORC, of six classes from a primary department (not including prerequisites for that major), and four classes relating to Medieval and Renaissance Studies from at least two other departments. Typical primary departments include: Art History, History, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Religion, Comparative Literature, and Classics.

A student modifying their major with MDRN must, in consultation with their primary advisor and an advisor from the MDRN steering committee (who may be the same person), do the following:

  • Determine which ten courses will go towards the major as a whole, both in the primary department and the ancillary modifying departments. (Note: the member of the MDRN steering committee who is serving as the modification advisor must consult with one other member of the steering committee before approving the course of study.)
  • Write a “written statement” describing the curricular plan as a “unified, coherent whole” (as per the ORC instruction on modifying a major). You must file three copies of this written statement: one with the primary department, one with the Registrar’s office, and one with the MDRN representative. For 2012-2013, this is Cecilia Gaposchkin, at HB 6107.
  • In addition to the paperwork for the principal department, fill out the MDRN planning form and file it with the MDRN representative (Cecilia Gaposchkin, HB 6107). This form is available here.
  • Obtain the signature both of the chair or faculty delegate in the primary department and the signature of a member of the MDRN steering committee on the major card (again, perhaps the same person). This is done in triplicate. One copy goes to your principal department, one to the Registrar, and one you keep yourself.
  • Should you alter you major card, you must also re-file your MDRN Planning Form.

Last Updated: 3/6/09