College of Arts and Sciences

Benefits of a Medieval Studies Minor

Benefits include but are not limited to:An image from the Baburnamah manuscript.

  • Regardless of your future career, scholarly or otherwise, broad exposure to the approach of multiple disciplines to the same material will sharpen and expand critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The interdisciplinarity of the required core course, MARS 20100, Medieval Encounters and other medieval course offerings will expose you to a wide sampling of source materials, research methods, scholarly approaches, and teaching styles.
  • The team-teaching of MARS 20100 imitates the teamwork and sharing of responsibilities you will encounter when you enter the professional workforce.
  • The minor also affords regular opportunities for you to extend their learning beyond the classroom by taking advantage of the rich and exceedingly active regional scholarly community, in particular the many public activities of the Medieval Studies Institute at IU–Bloomington, the annual MARS Symposium (fall) and Comitatus Conference for Medieval Studies (Spring semester) at Purdue, the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame, and the world-renowned annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo.
  • Purdue Fort Wayne's medieval studies program will regularly sponsor paper sessions at WMU and other regional, national, and international conferences to raise the profile of Purdue Fort Wayne as an institution devoted to innovative undergraduate teaching and faculty research.
  • The International Congress at WMU regularly organizes sessions for undergraduate research presentations, and Purdue Fort Wayne’s medieval studies faculty can help you take advantage of this opportunity or others.