Medieval Studies

"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging,..." (Gandalf)

Medieval Ruins

Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for students interested in the many different Middle Ages. We live in a world where modern re-imaginings of the Middle Ages permeate our everyday lives, from television to video games to terrorist groups claiming to be re-establishing a medieval world. Medieval Studies examines the real Middle Ages, as well as why and how they continue to affect our lives today.

Students who follow this minor can take courses in English, History, Foreign Languages, Art History, Music and Religious Studies, giving them many different ways to explore the Middle Ages.

Students will interact with and analyze medieval texts, artifacts and art, as they search for the truths of the medieval world. As Umberto Eco said once, we are "We are dreaming the Middle Ages" because "Our return to the Middle Ages is a quest for our roots..." We invite you to join in this adventure!

A student may earn an undergraduate minor in Medieval Studies by successful completion of an interdisciplinary program of 18 semester hours.

For course information, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin or for 2017-18 or earlier the Program of Study.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Valante ( in the Department of History.


HellenbrandDr. Alexandra Hellenbrand

Languages, Literatures & Culture and Cultural, Gender & Global Studies
Office: Living Learning Center, Academic Building, room 129
Phone: (828) 262-7225


GulleyDr. Alison Gulley 

Office: Sanford, room 333
Phone: (828) 262-3099

Dr. Mary Valante 


Office: Anne Belk Hall, room 249H
Phone: (828) 262-4983