Wednesday, December 16, 2009

University of Nebraska-Lincoln touts its Medieval and Renaissance Studies program

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has promoted its Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, touting its flexibility to allow students to learn about what part of the period interests them.

In an article on the university's newspaper, Peter Lefferts, chief adviser and former director of the program, said, “One of our strengths is that every student has to come up with a location and time period they want to focus on.”

For instance, he said, a student might want to study the Elizabethan period in England in the time of Shakespeare.

Carole Levin, the director of the department and a history professor, said students can study a whole range of countries and get a global perspective. “It comes from a whole group of departments,” Levin said.

These departments include English, history and art history. Students might use the degree to go into the teaching profession, seminary or art history.

Lefferts said the program is one of the less credit-heavy degrees available in the university. “What we find, usually, is that it is used as a double or triple major,” he said.

Many of the courses required for a student’s first or second major overlap with the ones found in the Medieval and Renaissance program.

While there are not many students majoring in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and it is a small program, Lefferts said, “We have a very active Medieval and Renaissance study that brings speakers on a regular basis to campus in the fall and spring.”
Past speakers have included Hannibal Hamlin, who spoke about “King Lear,” which was the play the drama department performed.

Next semester an art historian and a women’s historian will be speaking, Levin said.
“Any way the lecture can mix with different departments at UNL is wonderful,” she said.

Click here to go to the University of Nebraska-Linclon's Medieval and Renaissance Studies program website