Medieval World

The following 2021-2022 courses count for concentration credit in the Medieval World field.

In most cases, this means that at least 50% of the material in the course relates directly to the student’s field. If you find a course that you think is well-suited to your own particular course of study, but that does not appear on the list, please petition the Committee on Instruction for credit, keeping in mind the 50% guideline.

Please note that this list is subject to change through the beginning of the semester. Make sure you check back before registering for classes.

Look to the key below to determine which courses can count towards specific field requirements. Click on the requirement term to see a short list of courses that fulfill that field requirement. If you have any questions, please direct them to Assistant Director of Studies Briana Smith.

Key to Requirements:



Celtic Languages and Literatures 101. Irish Heroic Saga. Nagy. (TIS)

Celtic Languages and Literatures 111. Shapeshifting and Identity in Celtic Traditions. McKenna. (TIS) (SPR)

Celtic Languages and Literatures 187. Literature of the Dispossessed: Gaelic Ireland, c. 1600-1900. Sumner. (TIS)

Celtic Languages and Literatures 188. Songs of the Highlander. Sumner. (TIS)

Chinese History 113. Society and Culture in Late Imperial China. Szonyi. (HIS)

Chinese Literature 114. Introduction to Premodern Chinese Literature. Tian. (TIS)

Classical Studies 122. Identity and the Self in the Medieval Greek Tradition. Angelov and Riehle. (TIS)

Comparative Literature 114. Mysticism and Literature. Negron. (TIS)

Comparative Literature 121. From the 1001 Nights to the Arabian Nights: Adaptation, Transformation, Translation. Nadaff. (TIS) (SPR)

English 102E. Introduction to Old English: Landscape, Seascape, and Early Ecologies. Donoghue . (TIS)(SPR) (IC)

English 103W. Advanced Old English: Wisdom Poetry. TBA. (TIS)

English 119TY. English Literature: The First 1000 Years. Niles. (TIS) (IC)

English 122IW. Imagining the World in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Niles. (TIS) (IC)

French 70A. Inventions of Space: French Literature from Origins to the Enlightenment. Conley. (TIS) (IC)

French 112. Lyric Poetry in Medieval and Renaissance France. Greene. (TIS)

Gen Ed 1088. The Crusades and the Making of East and West. Angelov. (HIS)

Gen Ed 1090. What Is a Book? Stern. (TIS) (SPR) (IC)

Gen Ed 1160. Harvard Gets Medieval. Smail. (IC)


Government 1060. Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy. Nelson. (SPR)

Hebrew 137. Child Sacrifice, Pros and Cons: The binding of Isaac in Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Modern Lit. Stern. (TIS) (SPR)

Hebrew 255. The Passover Haggadah. Stern. (SPR)

Hindi-Urdu 104. The Classical Urdu Ghazal and Its Symbolism. Kovacs. (TIS)

History 12F. Slavery in the Global Middle Ages. Smail. (HIS)

History 12S. Biography and Autobiography in Renaissance Italy. Hankins. (SPR)

History 12V. Identity and the Self in the Medieval Greek Tradition. Angelov. (TIS)

History 1301. Western Intellectual History: the Prehistory of Modern Thought. Hankins. (HIS) (SPR)

History 1208: Introduction to Islamic History. Kafadar. (HIS) (SPR)

History of Art & Architecture 12Y. Genghis Khan and (HIS) Successors: Art in the Wake of the Mongol Conquests. Roxburgh. (TIS)

History of Art & Architecture 42P. Architecture through the Ages: Notre-Dame-de-Paris. Hamburger. (TIS)

History of Art & Architecture 45M. Medieval Media. Hamburger. (TIS) (IC)

History of Art & Architecture 126V. Arts, Artifacts, Architecture: Ottoman Visual & Material Cultures between East and West. Necipoglu-Kafadar. (TIS)

History of Art & Architecture 141K. Rome, Constantinople, Ravenna in the Light of Imperial Rule. Kalavrezou. (TIS)

History of Art & Architecture 143M. The Art of the Court of Constantinople. Kalavrezou. (TIS)

History of Art & Architecture 156V. Hieronymus Bosch. Koerner. (TIS)

Islamic Civilizations 145A. Introduction to Islamic Philosophy and Theology. El-Rouayheb. (HIS) (SPR) (IC)

Italian 138. The Cosmos of the Divine Comedy. Pistoja. (TIS) (IC)

Japanese Literature 124. The Tale of Genji in Word and Image. McCormick. (TIS)

Jewish Studies 148. How Jews Read. Stern. (TIS) (SPR)

Jewish Studies 186. Comparative Love: The Song of Songs in Western Tradition. Stern. (TIS) (SPR)

Korean Literature 110. Premodern Korean Literature. Park. (TIS) (IC)

Medieval Latin 10. Introduction to Medieval Latin Literature. Trettel. (TIS)

Medieval Latin 105. A Germanic Hero and (HIS) Afterlife: Walter's Poem. Ziolkowski. (TIS)

MedievalStudies 111. Sex, Love, and Marriage in the Middle Ages. Gilsdorf. (HIS)

Medieval Studies 117. English Legal History, 600-1600. Donahue. (HIS)

Medieval Studies 119. Constitutional and Legal History of Medieval Continental Europe. Donahue. (HIS)

Near Eastern Civilizations 101. Historical Background to the Contemporary Middle East. Barjamovic. (HIS) (TIS) (SPR) (IC)

Persian 152. Literary and Visual Narrative in the Persian Epic Tradition. Landau. (TIS) (SPR)

Philosophy 117. Medieval Philosophy. McDonough. (SPR)

Religion 1434BIOA/B. History of Christianity thorugh Biography and Autobiography, ca. 150-1500. Madigan. (HIS) (IC)

Religion 1803. Exploring the Quran. Goudarzi. (TIS) (SPR)

Religion 1816. Ismaili History and Thought. Asani. (HIS) (SPR)

Slavic 138. Apocalypse Then! Forging the Culture of Medieval Rus' . Flier. (HIS)