Current course offerings

Course offerings range from the last centuries of the Roman world to Renaissance Italy, from Byzantium to Iceland, and from the reading of Latin literature to the analysis of Dante, Chaucer and Shakespeare among many others, as well as the music, architecture and art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

MARS1F90

MARS 1F90

Medieval and Renaissance Civilizations
Thursdays 7 to 9pm (D1)
WH324
Dr. Andre Basson

Key themes, problems and topics in Medieval and Renaissance civilizations will be studied.

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MARS2P08

MARS 2P08 (also offered as HIST 2P08)

Colonial Latin America
Wednesdays 5 to 7pm (D2)
EA102
Dr. Maria Suescun Pozas

Students will be introduced to the history of Latin America from pre-Hispanic times through 1810 focusing on the clashes, alliances and negotiations among indigenous peoples, conquistadores, slaves and missionaries.

MARS 2P70

The Middle East: 600-1800
Tuesdays 5 to 7pm (D3)
WH202
Dr. Behnaz Mirzai

Major themes in Middle Eastern history will be reviewed, from the advent of Islam to 1800 AD including art, culture, religions and politics.

MARS2P75

MARS 2P75 (also offered as HIST 2P75)

Western Science from Aristotle to Newton
Wednesdays 5 to 7pm (D3)
WH202
Dr. Elizabeth Neswald

This course looks at Western science from Greek natural philosophy through Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance science to the Scientific Revolution.

MARS2P89

MARS 2P89 (also offered as VISA 2P89)

Medieval Art, Architecture & Society
Mondays 5 to 8pm (D2)
STH216
Candice Bogdanski

Students will study the inter-relation and connectedness between the arts, architecture and society in Medieval Europe.

MARS2P92

MARS 2P92 (also offered as ITAL 2P92, VISA 2P92)

Early to High Renaissance Art & Architecture
Mondays 5 to 8pm (D3)
TH255
Candice Bogdanski

The review of monuments, buildings and art works of the period from the humanist influence on the arts in Florence and Rome to the issue of patronage and artist’s cultural status.

MARS 2P95 (also offered as ENGL 2P95)

Reading the Middle Ages: Heroic and Chivalric
Thursdays 5 to 8pm (D3)
WH203
Dr. Benjamin Barootes

We will look at the heroic and chivalric worlds of Europe and how they shaped Medieval society.

MARS 3P30 (also offered as HIST 3P30)

The Viking Age
Wednesdays 9 to 12 noon (D2)
TH147
Dr. Andrew McDonald

We will look at Vikings from their Scandinavian homelands as they raid, trade and settle throughout Europe and the North Atlantic, converting to Christianity.

MARS3P93

MARS 3P93 (also offered as ITAL 3P93)

Dante’s Inferno
Mondays 5 to 8pm (D3)
TH269C
Dr. Ernesto Virgulti

Focusing on Dante’s Inferno, students will delve into the world it created and reflected with references to relevant visual arts such as Dore, Rodin and the Pre-Raphaelites.

MARS3P96

MARS 3P96 (also offered as HIST 3P96)

Medieval & Early Modern Christianity
Wednesdays 5 to 8pm (D2)
WH202
Dr. Andre Basson

The examination of continuities and discontinuities in the history of the Christian Church from the onset of the Middle Ages to the eve of the Protestant reformations.

MARS3P97

MARS 3P97 (also offered as HIST 3P97)

The World of Renaissance & Beyond
Mondays 5 to 8pm (D3)
WH203
Candice Bogdanski

The study of the primary texts relative to the European Renaissance and the reshaping of the world with emphasis on the historical, cultural and intellectual legacies of the Renaissance.

MARS 3Q92 (also offered as HIST 3Q92, SPAN 3Q92)

Moors, New Christians & Renegades
Tuesdays 11am to 2pm (D3)
MCC403
Dr. Felipe Ruan

Students will explore Christian and Muslim interactions in the early modern Mediterranean from a historical and fictional viewpoint.

MARS 4P01 (ALSO OFFERED AS HIST 4P01)

Sources and Methods of Medieval History
Thursdays 12 to 3pm (D2)
MCC403
Dr. Andrew McDonald

This course looks at different types of medieval source material and the ways in which they can be utilized by historians.

MARS 4P06 (ALSO OFFERED AS ENGL 4P06)

Medieval Literature and Social Control
Thursdays 5-8pm (D3)
GLA212
Dr. Lynn Arner

Students will read about topics including the English Rising of 1381, punishment systems, sexuality, literacies and class, the disciplining of bodies to conform to etiquette, regulation of female speech, and colonization and civility.

MARS 4P70 (ALSO OFFERED AS ENGL 4P70)

Reading a Renaissance Woman
Tuesdays 2 to 5pm (D2)
MCC303
Dr. Leah Knight

The place of books and reading in the life and culture of Anne Clifford.  Readings from personal writings and books in her library including extracts (in English) from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Cervante’s Don Quixote, Castiglione’s Courtier, Motaigne’s Essays, Chaucer, Spenser, Jonson and Donne.