Senior Thesis Projects in Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Medieval & Renaissance Studies:

Rex Perpetuus Norwegiae: Lingship and Conversion in Eleventh-Century Norway” by Danielle Fasig

Romanization and Reform: Liturgy as a Mechanism of Change in Leon-Castile in the Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries” by Crawford J. Bennett, Jr.

For the Love of the Gods: The Rhetoric and Reality of Religious Authority in Late Antiquity” by Christopher Koel Blexrud

Bohemond and The Byzantines: The Political Career of Bohemond of Taranto, 1096-1108” by Kate Weber

Imagining Heaven and Earth: Cosmology and the Irish Tradition in Saltair Na Rann” by Michelle DiPietro

Jordanes' Getica: Groundwork for a New Translation” by Danielle Reid

Reconsidering Humanism: The Life and Works of Poggio Bracciolini” by Stefanie Simoniello

Imagery of Adam and Eve from Early Christian Art through the Reformation: The Purpose and Justification of Religious Art throughout the Middle Ages” by Gail Walton

Joan of Arc and Medieval Traditions of Combative Women: Martyrs, Secular Heroines, and Crusaders” by Colleen Beck

The Development of Irish Monasticism in the Fifth and Sixth Century” by Diana Gordic

Eye Imagery in the Poetry of John Donne” by Cindy Ann Hill

The Redemption of the Magdalene: An Erotic Approach to God” by Vicki Marie Petrick

The Tournament in History, in Literature, and as a Social Ritual” by William Tyler Bevington, Jr.

Conquest and Rule of Valencia by El Cid and Jaime I” by Margareta S. Knauff

Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan: Three Medieval Views of Women” by Rebecca Shepardson

Parzival and the Grail” by Michael G. Christy

St. Foy of Conques: A Study of the Cult of a Saint in Medieval France” by Michelle Ippolito

Love and War in Medieval Spain: Muslim and Christian Modes of Perception in the Courtley Tradition” by Ramon Mujica

The Celts: A Cultural Study” by William Abe Rosenberg

The Medieval English View of Death” by Elizabeth Joyce Rubin

The Thomistic Idea of Law: A Study of the Interaction of Philosophy and History in the Thirteenth Century” by Ruth Dreessen

Two Medieval Women: The Transformation of Courtesy from an Aristocratic Ideal in the Courts of Eleanor of Aquitaine to a Social Ethic in the Poetry of Christine de Pisan” by Alyson R. Haley

Erasmus' Relationship with Late Medieval Culture” by Diane Scaro

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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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