Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Small class sizes and lots of personal interaction with faculty who are experts in the field are hallmarks of New College’s Medieval & Renaissance Studies AOC, which features a wide variety of courses. We focus on the critical period in Western history between the end of antiquity and the birth of modernity. The exciting transformations of the Middle Ages and Renaissance sparked the creation of many of the institutions and habits upon which our world and worldview rest. Study of the period provides students with the valuable perspective on the contemporary world that can best be acquired at a distance.

In some cases, students pursue their interests in the medieval and Renaissance periods in concentrations such as Literature or History. The interdisciplinary approach of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies AOC, however, recognizes that the modern division into academic disciplines does not always adequately reflect European culture during the period, when theology might be argued in verse, or in painting, and when history, literature and religion were inextricably entwined.

Many of our alumni have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as University of Oxford, UNC at Chapel Hill and NYU. They are studying everything from Viking legal codes to manuscript digitization and more.


Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

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The Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies held every two years on campus offers students the opportunity to hear the most recent work in a variety of fields, encounter a broad range of critical methods and gain valuable insight into the study of the past.

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