While there are only two explicitly medieval courses at my school, American Military University, plenty of courses cover medieval material. Here are ten of them.
I should let you know before reading any further that AMU does not offer a medieval history concentration for undergrads. Most schools just do not have this option, as the 1,000-year period remains one of the most neglected. However, here is how you can take the most medieval-related courses in your history degree at AMU.
First, use European History as your concentration. Among your requirements will be the following courses.
- HIST111 — World Civilization before 1650
- HIST302 — Ancient Rome — Although not explicitly medieval, the period bleeds into the next 1,000 years. Part of the course covers the Byzantines. In addition, the influence of Rome is all over medieval Europe.
- HIST303 — The Middle Ages — This is one of two of AMU’s explicitly medieval courses.
You will also have the option to take the following courses as part of your concentration.
- HIST350 — History of the Middle East — The heavy focus on Islam ensures that this course provides students with plenty of medieval material.
- HIST351 — History of Iraq – The heavy focus on Islam ensures that this course provides students with plenty of medieval material.
As for electives, take the following.
- HIST121 – Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
- HIST320 – History of Russia — The history of Russia is vast and the medieval period features this region repeatedly.
- MILH411 – Diplomacy and War I — Although focusing on all diplomatic and military activity up to the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the class devotes plenty of time to the medieval period where diplomatic events such as the Council of Clermont (1095) led to the Crusades.
- MILH364 – Medieval Military History — This is the second of two of AMU’s medieval courses. It covers a vast array of material involving the Byzantines, the Crusades, the Turks, the Vikings, the Mongols, and a slew of other eras in medieval warfare.
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