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Early Modern Studies certificate

This five course, 17-19 credit certificate is designed for those who wish to understand the early modern period (roughly 1350-1789) from an interdisciplinary perspective. The certificate encourages students to make connections among literature, art, theatre, philosophy, and history in this period. It also allows critical reflection on the label "early modern," seen in a global context. It will be useful for those who teach related subjects at school, for those planning graduate study in a related discipline (including museum studies), and for those whose work involves written and/or visual communication. With the development of the nation state, increased global interactions through trade and the beginnings of colonialism, print culture, increased literacy, changes in mapping, philosophical and religious changes, and a new level of reflection about autobiography and the self, the early modern period is crucial to the present moment.

Entrance requirements

New students should apply to the Arts Studies program path. Students will be required to meet the admission requirements for Arts Studies as well as meet course prerequisites.

Students currently enrolled in post-secondary programs are required to meet only the course prerequisites.

When to apply

Students are encouraged to consider completion of this certificate early in their UFV program, in order to plan their program appropriately, and to benefit from the meaningful, coherent cluster of knowledge and skills constructed via the certificate. Students may apply to graduate from this program at any time after completion of the requirements, or at the same time as they graduate from a degree program at UFV.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Other than the $25 graduation fee, there are no additional fees for the certificate.

Program requirements

Five courses (17-19 credits) are required.

Required course

Course Title Credits
HIST 208 European History, 1300-1789: The Rise and Decline of the Ancien Regime

Elective courses

Four additional courses are to be chosen from the list below. Courses must be chosen from at least three different disciplines, and at least two courses must be upper-level.

Course Title Credits
AH 311 Studies in Renaissance Art 4
AH 312 Studies in Baroque Art and Architecture 4
ENGL 205 The English Renaissance 3
ENGL 226 Renaissance Literature in Translation 3
ENGL 254 Women’s Writing 1000 to 1660 3
ENGL 309 Topics in Renaissance Literature 4
ENGL 310 Early Modern Drama 4
ENGL 312 Shakespeare 4
ENGL 316 Milton 4
ENGL 318 Major Authors of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century 4
ENGL 319 The Eighteenth-Century Novel 4
ENGL 403C Seminar in a Major Author (Shakespeare) 4
HIST 109 History of Britain, 1066-1688 3
HIST 208 European History, 1300-1789: The Rise and Decline of the Ancien Regime 3
HIST 261 Latin America: The Colonial Experience 3
HIST 308 European Culture and Ideas, 1400-1789 4
HIST 309 Witches, Whores, and Midwives: Women in Early Modern Europe 4
HIST 311 The Reformation 4
HIST 358 African Slavery and the Americas 4
HIST 412 Louis XIV and His Court at Versailles 4
HIST 414 Tudor-Stuart England 4
POSC 312 Order, Liberty, and Equality: Western Political Thought from the 17th Century to 1900 3
PHIL 251 History of Western Philosophy: Descartes to Kant 3
THEA 315 Shakespeare in Performance 4
THEA 399 Intermediate Practicum in Theatre 4
THEA 499 Advanced Practicum in Theatre 4


Students are required to take at least three courses through UFV.

Graduation requirements

Students are required to have a completion GPA of at least 2.33 in the courses counted toward the certificate.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.