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MRST 211
History of the Middle Ages Crosslisted as HIST 211
Pre-1800 content.
Transition from ancient to Medieval civiliation; the so-called Dark Ages; the late Medieval Renaissance and the dawn of the modern era.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Pre-1800 content.
Beginning of the modern era, with much attention to the secularization of European society from the Renaissance through the Age of Enlightenment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Pre-1800 content.
Examines the interconnections of religion and politics and their influence on people of all social classes.  Topics include: hereditary monarchy, the signing of Magna Carta, developing Parliament, medieval peasant revolts, and seventeenth-century revolutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
MRST 306
Women in Quran Crosslisted as RELG 306, ARAB 306, WMNS 306
Letter grade only.
A diachronic approach to Quran as a literature. Provides an analytic, linguistic as well as the critical study of both the Qur’anic text and its exegeses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
MRST 318
The Renaissance Crosslisted as HIST 318
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Examines the intellectual and artistic achievements of the Italian Renaissance, relating them to the political developments and social changes which occurred throughout the Italian peninsula between ca. 1300-1550 and highlighting those elements which would influence the evolution of European culture. Emphasis on the development of humanism and its role in the transition from medieval to modern values.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 319
The Crusades Crosslisted as HIST 319, RELG 319
Prereqs: Sophomore level standing or higher.
An introduction to the Crusades and the idea of holy war in the middle ages from both the Christian and Islamic perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 321
Renaissance Humanism Crosslisted as HIST 321
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Pre-1800 content.
Survey of cultural and intellectual developments from the mid-fourteenth through the end of the sixteenth century. Rediscovery of the classical heritage in Italy, the changes to education and the arts, the spread of humanism to northern Europe, and the interaction of humanism and the Protestant Reformation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 322
The Long Reformation, 1550-1700 Crosslisted as HIST 322
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Beginning of the modern era, from the Reformation to the dawn of the Enlightenment, focusing on the changing role of the post-reformation churches in European society, the rise of the absolutist state, the development of scientific thought, and their relationship to the development of Baroque art and architecture.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 329
Women in European History Crosslisted as HIST 329, WMNS 329
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Survey of women in European history from the Middle Ages to the present. Themes include power relations, work, love and sexuality, marriage, legal issues for women, and growth of feminist consciousness.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 336
Saints, Witches, and Madwomen Crosslisted as HIST 336, WMNS 336
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Image of the madwoman throughout European and American history. Emphasis on how women on the margins have been labelled in different periods as saintly, as witches, or as insane.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 382
Storytelling Crosslisted as MODL 382, GLST 382, SOCI 382
Close study of stories, in various forms, from around the world. Considers the role of gender, race, and history as lenses through which to approach the production and reception of storytelling. Readings, discussions, and assignments conducted in English.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
MRST 388
Body Language: Love, Politics, and the Self in French Literature Crosslisted as FREN 388, WMNS 388, ENGL 388
No knowledge of French required.
French texts from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries (drama, prose, poetry, autobiography), all of which use the body as a reference point to explore developments in gender, religion, science, and society in French literature and civilization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 398
Special Topics to be determined by the Program
Credit Hours: 1-9
Max credits per semester: 9
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 414/814
Medieval Culture Crosslisted as HIST 414/814
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Historical context of changes in religion, literature, philosophy, and the arts, 400-1450.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 421/821
The German Reformation Crosslisted as HIST 421/821, RELG 421
Prereqs: Junior standing.
Pre-1800 content.
The cultural and intellectual developments of the German Reformation against its social background. The religious and political events of the first half of the sixteenth century. Transition from medieval to modern Christianity. The transmission and revolutionary nature of evangelical doctrines. The gradual institutionalization of the new churches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 426/826
Reformation Thought Crosslisted as HIST 426/826, RELG 426/826, MODL 426/826
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Life and thought of significant figures and schools of thought in the Reformation period
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 430/830
Early European History Through Biography Crosslisted as HIST 430/830
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission
Pre-1800 content.
Individuals from late medieval/early modern Europe, such as Joan of Arc, Henry V, and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Examines how history can be used to serve social, cultural, and political needs, and the difficulties of determining historic truth about a person or event.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MRST 432/832
England: Reformation to Revolution, 1530-1660 Crosslisted as HIST 432/832
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
History of English society, politics, and culture from the time of Henry VIII through that of Elizabth I, Shakespeare, Donne, Charles I, Cromwell, and Milton.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom

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