The minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies takes students on an interdisciplinary voyage of discovery and re-examination of knowledge about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students will engage in hands-on work with primary sources and cutting-edge research to take a multifaceted, deeper look at this world.
- Students conduct their own interdisciplinary research, collaborate with faculty, and present at national conferences.
- Our award-winning faculty are leading specialists in their fields.
- Trinity’s notable collection of Medieval and Renaissance material includes manuscripts, tapestries, maps, facsimiles, and early modern books.
- Graduates go on to top graduate and professional schools in education, law, museum studies, and library science.
What You'll Study
Explore the Rich Tapestry of History
Masterful mentors, researchers, and experts
Students will thrive under an interdisciplinary faculty that brings a series of unique skillsets in the arts, language, literature, and history. Faculty have won awards and grants from some of the most prestigious national organizations, and give students the chance to collaborate on cutting-edge research projects.
Research, discover and engage
Students enrolled in the Medieval and Renaissance studies program conduct independent research and can present research at regional and national academic and student leadership conferences.
Our students have:
- Identified unknown manuscripts
- Conducted archaeological digs
- Created invaluable digital editions of ancient texts
Trinity offers financial support for undergraduate research through fellowships and grants through resources such as the Mellon Initiative
Students are encouraged to study abroad, where a world of research and cultural exploration awaits. You can find subjects involving your desired source of study by visiting the libraries that house the primary documents and ancient artifacts of the culture you are interested in.
Trinity offers an established network of partners such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay.
Spaces and Facilities
Trinity’s Special Collections Library includes manuscripts, rare books, noteworthy editions, named collections of particular distinction, and the Trinity University Archives, and adds content to a number of digital collections.
Original manuscripts, or handwritten, centuries-old books, are rare possessions for a university to have. But Trinity possesses many of these early printed books, as well as tapestries and other unique media.
Lecture Series and Annual Events
The program hosts a student colloquium each year in which students in the minor give presentations on their research.
At this signature event, students present their large-scale research through a competitive and selective process in a conference-style forum.
When You Graduate
Students will graduate as creators and analysts, bringing a broader perspective to their understanding of the world around us and its foundations. They go on to top graduate and professional schools, prepared to enrich the world’s preservation and application of history and culture.
Tigers are valued for their powerful, diverse set of skills in research, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving. Graduates thrive in areas such as education, law, and library science.
Graduate Schools or Programs:
- University College Dublin
- Library Studies
- Museum Studies
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