Renaissance Studies

What is a Renaissance Studies Major?

The period described as the Renaissance encompasses one of the most creative moments in the history of our culture, a time in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries when developments in art, literature, religious and social thought underwent unprecedented change. The art of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci, the political thought of Machiavelli and Thomas More, the reconception of religion by Luther and Erasmus are some of the phenomena studied by majors in Renaissance Studies. Renaissance Studies majors do not limit themselves to a single discipline or country, but attempt to understand the culture as a whole and the relation between artistic, literary, philosophic, religious, and sociopolitical developments. 

At UCSB, the Renaissance Studies program is interdisciplinary, with faculty members representing departments across the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Faculty members serve as advisors and help students plan individual programs of study designed to meet their special interests. A reading knowledge of a modern European language or Latin is recommended, especially for those planning to pursue a graduate degree. Students are also encouraged to complete coursework in classics (Greek and Latin literature in translation and Greek mythology), English literature of the Renaissance, and music literature. 

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