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About the Program

Medieval & Renaissance studies (Med-Ren) encourages the interdisciplinary study of societies and their interactions in the global premodern period between 300 CE and 1700 CE. Med-Ren studies have moved beyond their traditional Eurocentric/Western paradigm. In addition to Europe, you will explore non-European societies such as medieval China, Japan and Africa. You will capture the values and practices of people in these centuries as it is critical to understand the shaping of our modern times. Med-Ren offers a serious investigation of history, languages, religions and cultures to provide intellectual depth and inspire lifelong learning.

What Makes Us Different

  • High-Level Courses

    The majority of the course credits are from 300- and 400-level classes.

  • Linguistic Requirements

    Significant training in a modern European language, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin or Greek.

  • Global Careers

    The academic rigor and linguistic requirements prepare students for the future.


  • # 1
    Best College for Global Studies in Virginia
    Niche 2024
  • # 2
    Best College for History in Virginia
    Niche 2024
  • # 6
    Best College Library
    The Princeton Review 2024

Applied Learning



Med-Ren majors have taken their interdisciplinary degrees into successful graduate programs and professional careers, including secondary school and university research and teaching, fundraising, publishing, social work and counseling as well as law and dental school.

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Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program


Wren Building Room 309

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.