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Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRS) provides a wide-ranging introduction to the pre- and early-modern era, spanning late antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century and reaching from Europe to cultures around the globe. It is adaptable to individual student interests, emphasizing historical traditions but also promoting reflection on the presence of the past in a fast-moving twenty-first-century world.
Taught by professors from several different departments, the MRS curriculum is fundamentally interdisciplinary; students learn about literary, artistic, musical and other historical traditions; develop foreign language abilities; and acquire analytical skills applicable to both ancient and modern artifacts, ranging from manuscripts to mp3s. The MRS major offers an excellent preparation for Humanities graduate programs, but also provides a useful and well-rounded education for any student who values history, culture and the arts in their broadest sense.
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS), one of the oldest and most highly developed Centers at Ohio State and one of the few that offers its own course of study, administers the MRS major. With over one hundred fifty affiliated professors in over twenty departments, the Center promotes interdisciplinary scholarship that crosses traditional historical and geographical boundaries.
Students engage with the thoughts, languages, political events and cultural environments of medieval and early modern history both in the western and non-western world. With the assistance of an advisor, students will tailor their curriculum to individual interests and academic goals.
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Examination of the history of art in Europe and the United States, from 1400 to the present.