Karen Sonnelitter, Ph.D., Director
The Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is a part of Convivium, Siena’s Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The name “Convivium” refers to a feast: a “banquet of the mind.” In a pragmatic and practical world, it reminds us that learning at its best is not only functional, but is filled with joy, wonder, and discovery. Convivium offers students the opportunity to do individual research and to take courses with faculty who are nationally active in Medieval and Renaissance studies across a variety of disciplines.
Convivium also fosters a regional community of teacher-scholars, sponsors conference presentations, and enriches Siena’s library. The Convivium Collection consists of Medieval and Renaissance manuscript leaves, early printed editions, facsimiles, and rare books for teaching and research.
The Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a full immersion in the civilization of Europe and its surrounding areas, roughly from 500 to 1800. Students in this field will integrate perspectives from different disciplines in order to understand the full range of Medieval and Early Modern culture.
CoursesMedieval and Renaissance Studies