Medieval and Renaissance studies (MRS) provides a wide-ranging introduction to the medieval and early modern eras, spanning late antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century and reaching from Europe to cultures around the globe. It is adaptable to individual student interests, emphasizing historical traditions but also promoting reflection on the presence of the past in a fast-moving twenty-first-century world.
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS), one of the oldest and most highly developed centers at Ohio State and one of the few that offers its own course of study, administers the MRS major. The CMRS promotes interdisciplinary scholarship that crosses traditional historical and geographical boundaries.
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies major from The Ohio State University opens doors onto the history, literature, arts, philosophies and religions of Europe, the Mediterranean world, the Near East and Asia. And it’s easy to get involved in the center’s intellectual life outside the classroom: the CMRS annually runs a scholarly lecture series, an evening film series, a two-day Popular Culture and the Deep Past conference/festival, and competitions for essay prizes and travel funding.
When you earn a degree in medieval and Renaissance studies (MRS), potential employers and graduate school admissions committees will know that you’ve engaged in research, academic writing and critical thinking across several disciplines.
Graduate of this interdisciplinary liberal arts education are attractive to many employers who seek to hire graduates with liberal arts backgrounds to teach languages, literature and history in private secondary schools; to work in staff and administrative roles in educational institutions at all levels; and to take up entry-level positions in publishing, media, state and local government, the nonprofit sector, and museums and other institutions that offer educational programming and outreach. The skills MRS students develop also provide well-rounded intellectual preparation for law and business school.
Additionally, students may go on to pursue master's and doctoral degrees in affiliated disciplines, such as comparative studies, English, French, Italian, German, Greek, history, history of art, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, Latin, linguistics, music history, philosophy, Slavic languages and literatures, Spanish and Portuguese, theatre, and theology. Others may choose to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science or to receive further training in historical preservation and conservation, en route to exciting careers in museums, libraries and archives.
Students can explore career options through Career Connection and the Arts and Sciences Career Services Office. Providing complimentary services, Career Connection focuses on helping students establish a career direction, while the Arts and Sciences Career Services Office assists students with finding internships—experiences that are essential to testing out the suitability of career fields they are considering.
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- Taught by professors from several different departments, the medieval and Renaissance studies (MRS) curriculum is fundamentally interdisciplinary.
- Students learn about literary, artistic, musical and other historical traditions; develop foreign language abilities; and acquire analytical skills applicable to both ancient and modern artifacts, ranging from manuscripts to MP3s.
- Specific course choices are worked out on an individual basis and will vary according to the student’s particular interests.
- A concentration in a primary field will be complemented by select courses in other disciplines which will provide a solid foundation in the culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well as the tools required to pursue more advanced study of these periods in a given area.
- 48 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Successful completion of university preparatory courses
- High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
- Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
- Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
- Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
- Status as a first-generation university student
- High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
International36430 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National33502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 33502 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State11508 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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