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Ohio Wesleyan University    
2016-2017 Catalog 
  Sep 24, 2017
2016-2017 Catalog

Renaissance Studies Major

Professors DeMarco, Fratantuono, Neuman de Vegvar, Roden, Spall
Associate Professors Arnold, Calef, Eastman, Livingston, Long
Assistant Professor Nieto Cuebas

Ohio Wesleyan offers the B.A. degree for the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental major in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. AMRS provides students interested in the foundations of Western civilization an opportunity to study the material and spiritual cultures of the past. Students explore literature, the arts, music, philosophy, religion, and history, developing skills in critical inquiry and analysis. The program is especially useful for those considering a career that expects a broad knowledge of Western thought and culture, ranging from public relations to museum work and post-graduate programs.

Major Requirements

Students complete the major in one of three tracks: Ancient, Medieval, or Renaissance. Each AMRS major consists of a total of twelve courses: three Foundation courses, six Core courses, and two Elective courses; and AMRS 490 . Foundation and Core courses are listed below. Majors may satisfy the Elective requirement by choosing from upper-level courses (250 and above) listed in any other AMRS track. Core courses not taken to satisfy the Core requirement may also be taken to satisfy the Electives requirement. Independent Studies and Directed Readings are available in appropriate departments. A maximum of four courses taken from any one department may be counted toward completion of any AMRS major.

All majors must complete AMRS 490 - Independent Study , the interdisciplinary capstone project, which is ordinarily undertaken in the senior year. With the assistance of a faculty supervisor, the student should determine the topic of their capstone project and the assessment format, electing either a capstone research paper (minimum fifteen pages) or a capstone examination (covering the student’s list of primary and secondary texts). Depending on the nature of the topic, the supervisor may advise the student to secure the participation of additional faculty members from at least one other department. Under the committee format, the faculty committee will oversee the project and assess the student’s progress. If no committee is established, all oversight and evaluation will be performed by the faculty supervisor.

By fulfilling major requirements, Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance majors can satisfy University distribution requirements in Groups I , III , and IV .



For the AMRS majors and minors, courses in Latin and Greek (LATI/GREE) shall be counted as belonging to a separate department from other Classics (CLAS) courses. Students should consult the Director of AMRS, Prof. DeMarco, or one of the AMRS faculty advisors for guidance in choosing Elective courses that will complement their coursework in the major.

Participating departments include: classics, comparative literature, English, fine arts, history, modern foreign languages, music, philosophy, and religion.