If the period commonly referred to as the Renaissance marks the beginning of the Early
Modern period in European history, it nonetheless exists in profound continuity with
the Middle Ages. The two periods share common theses, issues, auctores and institutions
and participate in a common enterprise: for they both attempt to forge a union out
of the impressive remnants of ancient, but pagan, civilization and the living traditions
of thought and piety associated with biblical (Jewish and Christian) religion.
Even when the Renaissance writers do distance themselves from late medieval practices
and thinking, often enough what they are doing is reviving the spirit and language
of an earlier Middle Ages in preference to more recent developments. Hence the appropriateness
of combining the study of the Renaissance with that of the Middle Ages in a single
Concentrators are free, of course, to emphasize one period more than the other if
Through a consortium agreement with Southern Methodist University and the University
of Texas at Dallas, it is possible for students pursuing the concentration to take
courses in medieval subjects not usually offered here but available at the other institutions,
with the approval of the Director of the Center.
The concentration requires the completion of six three-credit upper-division courses,
in four different fields, from the list below or otherwise approved by the Director
and distributed according to the following principles:
History (two courses)
English, Modern Languages or Classics.
Philosophy or Theology.
A fifth course other than History and other than the fields chosen in #2 and #3.
A sixth course in any field.
Approved Medieval-Renaissance Courses:
ART 5356 Italian Renaissance Art 1300–1600 ART 5365 Medieval Art ART 5367 Northern Renaissance 1400–1550 DRA 3335 Theater Literature I ECO 4343 Western Economic History I ENG 3323 Medieval Literature. ENG 4359. Shakespeare ENG 4370 Dante ENG 5312 The English Renaissance ENG 5320 Arthurian Romance CLL 3334 Augustine CLL 3335 Medieval Latin Readings MFR 3322 Medieval and Renaissance Literature MFR 5V50 Old French MGE 3321 German Literary Tradition I MFR 5V50 Old Occitan MSP 3320 Spanish Literary Tradition I MSP 3327 Golden Age Drama/Poetry MSP 3328 Golden Age Novel MSP 3338 Medieval Literature in Spain MSP 3340 History of Medieval Spain MSP 3341 History of Habsburg Spain HIS 3307 Medieval Europe I HIS 3308 Medieval Europe II HIS 3309 Topics in Medieval History HIS 3310 The Renaissance HIS 3311 The Reformation
On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."
To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.
This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."