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Majors and Minors will be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the European Middle Ages, including its major cultural and intellectual trends, its demography, and its social formations and institutions, from its beginning with the collapse of the Roman empire in the West to the end of the fourteenth century on the Continent and the end of the fifteenth in the British isles, including knowledge of the latest scholarly developments, and of continuing areas of uncertainty and controversy; and, some knowledge of relations between medieval society in Europe and contemporaneous non-European cultures; the variety and character of the sources for the modern study of the Middle Ages; the history of the study of the Middle Ages by modern interdisciplinary scholarship; and, the influence of medieval culture on modernity.

Majors will also be able to demonstrate some knowledge of the great variety of European medieval society and of the relations between eastern and western Europe. Majors will also be able to demonstrate advanced competence in one or more of the languages (in addition to English) central to medieval culture, that is, Latin and the medieval vernaculars; and, major-level competence in at least two of the constituent disciplines of Medieval Studies with some understanding of the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary study.

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