Medieval Studies in College (July 27, 2010)

Posted: July 27, 2010 by Mike Hubbartt in Academia
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by Mike Hubbartt, © Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved.

I love reading about the middle ages. I would not want to have lived in those times, but the period interests me more than most in history. When I started at Augsburg College in 2007, my adviser suggested I take the Tuesday evening Medieval Crusades class taught by Dr. Phil Adamo, so I enrolled in it without a glimmer what it would be like to take a junior level history course. It was, to say the least, a class where we did a lot of reading (100-200 pages of highly detailed information each week) and writing (6 papers), but the topic and the professor were so interesting that it made the work simple and fun.My book report for the class was on Richard the Lionheart, and while I spent a lot of time on it, I enjoyed every second studying about someone that is still well-known to many people today.

I met a number of interesting people in the class, including several that majored in Medieval Studies. Arwen went on to get her degree in Library Science a couple of years ago, and Josh just finished this spring. Josh is a Blacksmith, and he took the time to make a complete set of armor which he demonstrated to the other students several times each year. The craftsmanship he put into that armor was impressive – making chain mail is a labor-intensive job, and he didn’t cut any corners. The final product is excellent.

There aren’t many schools that offer Medieval Studies as a major, so Augsburg gets students from all over the country that want to learn about this fascinating topic. While I was at the school, Terry Jones (from Monty Python) came to the school and gave a talk to the students. Click here to see details of the Augsburg Medieval Studies program. Augsburg also offers a Medieval Summer Camp that should be worth the time to attend to see if this fascinating subject appeals to you – for details contact Phil Adamo at adamo@augsburg.edu.

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