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Medieval and Renaissance Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Lincoln, NE, United States
The undergraduate major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides interdisciplinary exposure to several liberal arts areas and encourages students’ in-depth study of more narrowly defined topics in Medieval and Renaissance culture as they complete their degree. 
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At the end of the program, majors work closely under the guidance of one of our faculty members to conclude their studies, usually focusing on a topic of their choice in a long paper for a capstone or interdisciplinary seminar course in one of our core fields. Students have the option of completing a thesis for distinction or within the honors program to fulfill this final requirement, provided they work with program faculty members to develop an appropriate project through a 300- or 400-level directed readings course.

A major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will move you to study the evolution of such social institutions as trial by jury, the idea of rights, the hospital, the parliament, the organization of work by clock time, the dissemination of information by the printing press and appeals on behalf of the rights of women. You will also examine the growth of Protestantism and the renewal of Catholicism through the Counter-Reformation.

Career Opportunities

  • Majoring in medieval and renaissance studies provides excellent preparation for graduate work in this area, especially if you are interested in literary, historical or artistic studies with an eventual career in college or university teaching. 
  • The broad education, which stresses careful research, critical analysis, effective writing and other communication skills, will prepare you for a career in many fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • History of the Middle Ages
  • History of Early Modern Europe: Renaissance to the French Revolution
  • Revolutions and Misbehaving Monarchs in Pre-Modern England
  • Women in Quran
  • The Renaissance
  • The Crusades

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Transcripts: You will self-report your academic record. Use an unofficial transcript to fill in your information
  • After you've taken the ACT or SAT, request the testing institution to send us your official scores. Our codes are: ACT: 2482 and SAT: 6877
  • Application Fee: There is a $45 application fee payable with a credit card or a check. Make the check out to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and put the applicant's name on the memo line
  • Scholarship Statement: To be considered for leadership and diversity scholarships, you must write a 500-word essay all about you. Focus on leadership, career goals and community service

Tuition Fee

  • International

    830 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 830 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    830 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 830 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    259 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 259 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lincoln

  • 926 - 1380 USD/month
    Living Costs

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