Medieval World

History & Literature’s Medieval World field gives students the opportunity to study the cultural, religious, and political development of Latin, Slavic, and Byzantine Europe, and their relationships with the Islamicate world, including Islamic Africa and the Near and Middle East. Students in this field thus have the opportunity to explore, from a wide variety of disciplinary and geographical perspectives, the fascinating complex of civilizations and religions (most notably Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) that shared the space stretching from Barcelona to Baghdad, from Marseilles to Muscovy, and from Trier to Timbuktu.

In addition to the requirements for all concentrators (5 tutorials and 1 foreign literature course), students in the field of the Medieval World complete the following requirements:

  • 2 courses on the history of the Medieval world;
  • 2 courses on texts, images, and/or sound;
  • 2 courses on science, philosophy, and/or religion;
  • 1 HL90 on a premodern topic or CB51: Making the Middle Ages;
  • 1 elective, including courses exploring the role or reception of the Medieval in the Modern World.

Browse our list of Courses that Count for the Medieval World, and use the Medieval World Field Worksheet to begin plotting your course of study in the Medieval World. 

The following sample field worksheets illustrate how students in the Medieval World field have used the distribution requirements to create individualized plans of study on topics such as: