Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Mark Barber, Ph.D., Supervisor
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor (20-23 credits):
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor is a flexible multidisciplinary program that offers students interested in these periods the opportunity to pursue a course of study leading to a Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor. Courses used to meet the minor requirements may be counted, with some important limitations, toward general education requirements and the major. Qualified students from all academic disciplines are welcome to explore the minor program. Successful completion of the minor will enhance the development of student awareness of disciplinary perspectives and the skills to integrate them in meaningful interdisciplinary ways. The seven core perspectives and departments are art, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, and theatre.
Robyn Wangberg, Ph.D., Supervisor
The multidisciplinary minor in scientific computing is a natural complement to the curriculum for majors in the natural and physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. Focused study in the area of scientific computation enriches learning in any of these disciplines, adding an applied emphasis and stressing the cross-fertilization of research methods across disciplines.
The advancement of science in many fields is becoming less discipline-specific, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the common tools used for challenging computational problems. For instance, the modeling, visualization and simulation of large-scale nonlinear systems are common to many fields of science and applied mathematics. A multidisciplinary minor in scientific computation provides students with a valuable, intellectually challenging experience and marketable skills applicable in many fields. The minor will help to stimulate collaboration and exchange among faculty in the sciences. The three departments responsible for staffing the minor are computer science, mathematics and physics. This minor may be extended to include chemistry and/or biology in the future.