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
Aspiring drama (and perhaps also English) major Klemens Raab, BA '23, has been hanging around UD his whole life, since he only lives about a mile away from the university's Irving campus, and his parents (Klemens, BA '00 MA '06, and Gina (LeBaron), BA '99) are both alumni. He's already experienced the Rome campus, too, having participated in the summer High School Rome Program Shakespeare in Italy last year.
The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has added another alumna to its ranks: Mary Devlin Capizzi, BA '88 MBA '89, a one-time Spanish major who is now a partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, a national, full-service law firm founded in Philadelphia in 1849.
"I ended up at UD by accident," said Professor of Management Bruce Evans, who has taught at UD for 50 years now. Half a century ago, he and his brother were heading home to the East Coast from a camping trip and stopped by UD on a whim; Bob Lynch, dean of the newly formed Graduate School of Management (now the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business), hired Professor Bruce, as he is known by students, on the spot.