To satisfy the MEMS Minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credits) with a “C” or better. All six courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. One 200-level course will be allowed as an exception by appeal the to Board. You must take two English courses, two History courses, and two courses in any other department.  Latin courses may be given credit at the discretion of the MEMS Board.
The following courses may be used to complete the minor. Courses marked with asterisks (*) are rotating topics courses. Only topics that focus on Medieval, Early Modern, or Ancient Studies may be used (courses taught in the past that may return on a rotating basis are listed after the asterisk). Email the director (Dr. Johnson – or your MEMS advisor with questions.
AFST 312: West African History

ANCS 350: Topics in Ancient Studies* – The Fall of Rome

ART 216: Studies in Visual Culture (Prehistory through the 1750s)
ART 329: Topics in Art History and Visual Culture* – Desiring Bodies in Renaissance Art; Women in Medieval Art; Saints, Sinners, and Cities: Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture; Foreign Worlds in Medieval Art
ART 429: Seminar in Art History and Visual Culture*

ENGL 206: Introduction to World Literature and History
ENGL 231: Introduction to World Literature I
ENGL 250: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 304: British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance
ENGL 314: Topics in Drama* – Non-Shakespearean Drama
ENGL 334: Medieval Literature
ENGL 336: Medieval and Early Modern Drama excluding Shakespeare
ENGL 339: Early Modern Literature
ENGL 345: Topics in Literature and History* – Dissent in Medieval Literature; Writings of Early Modern Women
ENGL 346: Literary Themes* – Biblical Themes in Renaissance Literature
ENGL 348: Literature and Culture* – Viking Sagas
ENGL 350: Major British and American Writers* – Chaucer; Milton
ENGL 351: Studies in Shakespeare
ENGL 364: Perspectives on Women in Literature* – Women in Medieval Literature and Culture
ENGL 405: Seminar in Literary History* – Middle English Literature Beyond the Survey; Ancient Myth and Early Modern Literature
ENGL 410: Seminar in Genre Studies* – The Medieval Dream Vision; Renaissance Versions of Pastoral
ENGL 413: Advanced Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature* – Representing Islam, Mythic Green Worlds
ENGL 451: Seminar in Major Writers* – Shakespearean Dramaturgy; Dante and Milton; Chaucer; Chaucer’s Legendary Women

FREN 440: Studies in French Speaking Culture and Society* – Occitania: Sociolinguistic and Literary Perspectives on the Other Half of France

HIST 206: Entrepreneurs in the Early Modern World
HIST 255: History of Christianity from its Origins through the Reformation
HIST 341: The American Colonies
HIST 354: West African History
HIST 355: Early Modern Women’s Voices
HIST 358: Art and Society in the Renaissance
HIST 362: The Medieval Mediterranean
HIST 363: The Crusades
HIST 364: The Rise of Islam
HIST 374/GWST 374: European Women’s History 1200-1750
HIST 383: Japan in the Shogun Age
HIST 389: Islamic Culture and Society: 570-1560
HIST 406: The Atlantic World: The Shared History of Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans
HIST 445: History of Science to 1700
HIST 457: Byzantine Civilization
HIST 463: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Middle Ages
HIST 465: The Renaissance
HIST 466: The Reformation
HIST 469/GWST 469: Masculinity and Femininity in the Middle Ages
HIST 470: Tudor and Stuart England: 1485-1714

MUSC 307.07: Collegium Musicum (1 credit; repeatable for credit)
MUSC 358.09: Music in Performance (a writing-intensive discussion course for those registered in Collegium, for a total of 3 credits)
LATN 201: Intermediate Latin (Prerequisites are LATN 101 and LATN 102)
LATN 331: Roman Poetry (Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid)
LATN 402: Special Author Seminar*
PHIL 321: History of Philosophy: Ancient
PHIL 322: History of Philosophy: Modern


1) Declare the minor by filling out the form on the Registar’s website:

2) For further information about the MEMS Minor, please contact the Director, Prof. Lindsay Johnson, MUSIC,

3) Choose a MEMS Advisor whose field is closest to your major.


Raphael Falco PAHB 415

Kathryn McKinley PAHB 408

Michele Osherow PAHB 302

Susan McDonough Fine Arts 517

Amy Froide Fine Arts 513

Visual Arts:
Kathy O’Dell Fine Arts 333

Asian Studies:
Constantine Vaporis Fine Arts 516

Africana Studies:
Gloria Chuku Fine Arts 537

Ancient Studies:
David Rosenbloom:

Lindsay Johnson: PAHB 258

Note regarding foreign languages:  MEMS Minors complete their undergraduate degrees by taking a range of different languages to meet the language requirement.  Students who wish to pursue MEMS subjects in graduate school may want to consider taking Latin at UMBC, although this is not required.  For further information about Latin, visit the Department of Ancient Studies website [] or contact the Chair, David Rosenbloom.