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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. You must take two English courses, two History courses, and two courses in any other department.  Latin courses may be (and have been) given credit at the discretion of the MEMS Board.
The following courses may be used to complete the minor:
AFST 312: West African History

ANCS 350: The Fall of Rome

ART 216: Studies in Visual Culture (Prehistory through the 1750’s)
ART 329 (fall 2015): Desiring Bodies in Renaissance Art
ART 329 (spring 2016): Women in Medieval Art
ART 329 (fall 2016): Saints, Sinners, and Cities: Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture
ART 329 (spring 2017): Foreign Worlds in Medieval Art

ENGL 206: Introduction to World Literature and History
ENGL 231: Introduction to World Literature I
ENGL 241: Arthurian Literature
ENGL 250: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 304 British Literature survey: Medieval to Renaissance; Pilgrimage Narratives
ENGL 314: Non-Shakespearean Drama
ENGL 334: Medieval Literature
ENGL 336: Medieval and Early Modern Drama excluding Shakespeare
ENGL 339: Early Modern Literature
ENGL 345: Dissent in Medieval Literature; Writings of Early Modern Women
ENGL 346: Biblical Themes in Renaissance Literature
ENGL 348: Viking Sagas
ENGL 350: Chaucer
ENGL 350: Milton
ENGL 351: Shakespeare
ENGL 364: Women in Medieval Literature and Culture
ENGL 405: Seminar: Middle English Literature Beyond the Survey
ENGL 405: Seminar on Ancient Myth and Early Modern Literature
ENGL 410: The Medieval Dream Vision
ENGL 413: Medieval and Early Modern Literature; Representing Islam
ENGL 451: Shakespearean Dramaturgy
ENGL 451: Seminar on Dante and Milton; Seminar on Chaucer; Chaucer’s Legendary Women

FREN 440: 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 354: West African History
HIST 355 Early Modern Women’s Voices 

HIST 358: Art and Society in the Renaissance

HIST 362: Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean World
HIST 363: The Crusades
HIST 364: The Rise of Islam
HIST 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: Masculinity and Femininity in the Middle Ages
LATN 101  Elementary Latin
LATN 102  Elementary Latin
LATN 201  Intermediate Latin
LATN 331 Roman Poetry (Catullus, Horace,
LATN 402 Special Author Seminar (Tacitus, etc.)
PHIL 322  History of Early Modern Philosophy


1) Turn in a Declaration of Major/Minor form to the departmental administrator.

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


Raphael Falco, PAHB 415

Kathryn McKinley, PAHB 408

Susan McDonough 517 Fine Arts

Amy Froide 513 Fine Arts

Visual Arts:
Preminda Jacob 111 Fine Arts

Asian Studies:
Constantine Vaporis 516 Fine Arts

Africana Studies:
Gloria Chuku 537 Fine Arts

Ancient Studies:
David Rosenbloom:


Note regarding language:  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.

For further information about the MEMS Minor, please contact Prof. Raphael Falco, Program Director