Medieval and Renaissance Courses

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CMRS Affiliated Courses (medieval and Renaissance offerings from other departments)

MEDREN Courses

CMRS Individual Studies

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CMRS Affiliated Courses


PDF icon CMRS Affiliated Courses - Summer 2018

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CMRS Affiliated Courses - Autumn 2017

CMRS Affiliated Courses - Summer 2017


Autumn 2018 MEDREN Courses


MEDREN 2510 - "The Court of Charlemagne"


Description: Barbarian invasions, Dark Age church history, Charlemagne's campaigns to rebuild the Empire and thwart Muslim incursions, and the epics that relive it all

Class: 33645

Time: WeFr 2:20PM - 3:40PM


Instructor: Sarah-Grace Heller (French and Italian)

Required Texts: TBD


MEDREN 2666, "Magic and Witchcraft"

Magic and Witchcraft

In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the history and culture of witchcraft and magic from ca. 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious, and intellectual contexts. As students gain basic knowledge of the history of witchcraft and magic during these periods (both actual practice and contemporary beliefs about that practice), they will develop some ability to understand why these practices and beliefs developed as they did and what societal and cultural needs drove them.

Class: 33611

Time: MWF 10:20AM - 11:15AM

Room: Smith Lab 1009

Instructor: Sarah Iles Johnston (Classics)


MEDREN 4217, “Early Modern London: Urban Spaces and Popular Culture”


Description: Students explore the literature, urban space, and popular culture of London from the start of the Protestant Reformation in the 1520s up to the Great Fire of London in 1666 through varied primary sources and recent scholarship.

Class: 34218

Time: TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM

Room: Hagerty Hall 455B

Instructor: Christopher Highley (English)

Required Texts: TBD


MEDREN 5610, "Manuscript Studies"


Description: An examination of the development of Latin book production from late antiquity to the Renaissance in the cultural context of the Middle Ages.

Class: 33608 (UG), 33609 (G)

Time: TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM

Room: Thompson Library 150A

Instructor: Eric Johnson (Rare Books), Leslie Lockett (English)

Required Texts: TBD


MEDREN 7899, "Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia"

Description: This course consists of 1 credit hour per semester for attending CMRS lectures, faculty colloquia and subsequent discussions or preceding "open forum" events. This will amount to: 4 1-hour+ CMRS lectures by visiting professors and at least 1 internal lecture, plus subsequent (or preceding) discussion sessions (total = approx. 3 hours per event); at least one lunch with visiting faculty member (2 hours); active involvement with MRGSA and its activities; and meetings with the Center director (one hour once per term). With permission of the Director other professional activities (e.g. attendance at appropriate conferences, on or off campus; other relevant lectures hosted by OSU units if CMRS colloquia are not scheduled) may be substituted.

Prereq: Grad standing. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.

Class: 9247*

Time: Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Room: TBA

Instructor: TBD


CMRS Individual Studies


MEDREN 4193, 8193 – Individual Studies

Description: Students may register for individual directed study under this number for work not normally offered in courses.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.


MEDREN 4998, 4998H, 4999, and 4999 - Undergraduate Research and Thesis Hours

If interested in enrolling in individual studies or research/thesis hours, please contact CMRS Associate Director and Student Advisor, Professor Leslie Lockett.


For more information about the Center’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization and Graduate Certificate programs, please visit this page.

*Enrollment open to graduate students, undergraduate students only with permission from the Center and the Graduate School. Attendance based upon lecture series schedule; see the CMRS Events webpage for more information.

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