The study of the medieval past brings many rewards on its own terms:
- the intellectual challenge of investigating cultural difference
- the ability to trace the origins of familiar modern ideas, whether on the level of the individual (love, marriage) or the institutional (political beliefs, religious stereotypes)
- the ability to imagine new answers to questions that our contemporary society may answer in radically different ways
For the list of courses with significant medieval content see https://guide.wisc.edu/undergraduate/letters-science/history/medieval-studies-certificate/#requirementstext Please note that the list in the Guide is not complete as it does not include special topics classes.