Welcome! Rice University's Medieval and Early Modern Studies major offers
students the opportunity to study a variety of often interrelated
medieval civilizations: European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern,
and Asian, from the 4th to the 16th centuries. Our global and
interdisciplinary program draws on a broad range of critical
approaches and eleven departments - Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English,
French Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Music, Philosophy, and
Students have the opportunity to experience medieval materials
firsthand by examining the illuminated manuscripts and medieval art
at Rice University and in the libraries and museums in
Houston. Eligible students can sing or play early instruments
in the Collegium Musicum--an early music ensemble organized by
faculty at the Shepherd School of Music.
An ongoing reading group in medieval Latin with Professor Claire
Fanger is available for students interested in joining. Medieval
Studies also regularly holds an undergraduate conference, which
always features a world-renowned speaker.
The skills typically acquired by Medieval Studies students
--knowledge of history, languages, religions, and literatures,
ability to analyze texts and images, and an understanding of other
cultures -- provide a solid preparation for advanced degrees,
whether in the humanities, law, medicine, or other professional
We welcome all students, whether your major is in the humanities, social sciences, or
sciences. Let us come together, as Chaucer's Clerk did, to
"gladly lerne and gladly teche."
If you have any questions about Medieval and Early Modern Studies, feel free to
Peter Loewen, Director of Medieval
and Early Modern Studies
Undergraduate MDEM Club: Mappa Mundi
For more information on the undergraduate club associated with the MDEM major, please contact Kami Watkins.