100 Defining the Renaissance
(3 s.h.) Defining the Renaissance provides a survey of the history, art, literature, and science of the period. Daily activities will range from lectures and discussions to field trips and presentations, and students will learn about major authors and events of fourteenth- through seventeenth-century Europe. Special attention will be given to the development of Renaissance drama and the complex cultural functions of the stage, many of which we will study through performances at the Blackfriars Playhouse.
400 Senior Seminar
(3 s.h.) REN 400 is the capstone course for seniors majoring in Renaissance Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course will require students to develop an independent project in consultation with at least three members of the Renaissance Studies faculty, complete a research paper of 6000-9000 words, and defend the thesis in an oral presentation to a committee of three faculty members from different disciplines.