Welcome to Medieval & Renaissance Studies!

Students can get either a major or a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MEDREN). Duke is one of a handful of universities in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Many of our students are double majors, bringing two complementary interests together into a productive relationship. (Keep in mind that cross-listed courses may count toward degrees in both departments.) Apart from our majors and minors, every year over six hundred Duke students take MEDREN courses as electives toward Trinity College degrees. MEDREN is a popular humanities choice!

Departmental website: https://cmrs.trinity.duke.edu/


The Medieval and Renaissance Studies program offers personal guidance to students as they navigate the major and minor. The Associate Director (who is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies) will follow each student through to graduation, helping majors to formulate academic goals, to make plans for achieving them, and to solve any problems encountered or anticipated. Majors and minors should meet with the Associate Director Dr. Michael Cornett prior to preregistration each semester as needed, located at 340B Trent Hall (third floor of Trent Hall, just as you exit the elevator). Find more advising information here.

Requirements and General Information

Learn more about major and minor requirements, and general information for new majors.