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Online Medieval History Courses and Classes Overview

Studies in medieval history explore European civilization between ancient times and the end of the Late Middle Ages. Medieval history courses are typically offered in undergraduate or graduate history programs.

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Online Courses in Medieval History

The descriptions below are for some of the medieval history classes typically offered online.

  • History of Civilization from the Neolithic Era to 1500 Course: This broad view of social, religious, cultural, economic and political developments from prehistoric times to the Renaissance is likely to be taken by students just beginning a degree program. In addition to studying how the civilizations of Europe, Africa and Asia evolved, lessons will typically include an introductory view of important events, people and movements of the medieval era around the world.
  • Overview of Medieval Studies Course: This class is targeted toward students studying for a high school diploma or bachelor's degree. The syllabus includes a comprehensive survey of historical events and figures spanning the 5th century through the 15th century. Students discuss the fall of Rome, Byzantine and Islamic influences, the vital economic life of the high medieval period, feudalism, the Crusades and the Hundred Years' War.
  • The Crusades Course: This course, usually taken halfway through a medieval studies program, outlines European attempts to wield Christian control over Jerusalem during the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. Major events, like the fall of Antioch and Jerusalem to Crusaders, as well as major historical figures like Urban II and Frederick II are studied. Students also learn about the Children's Crusade. Course materials may include maps and timelines.
  • The Late Middle Ages Course: While this class focuses on the social, economic and political events of the Late Middle Ages in Europe from 1300 to the Reformation in 1517, extra emphasis may be placed on the Hundred Years' War, the upheaval in the Catholic Church and historic movements in France, Italy, the Ottoman Empire and England. Students may take this class midway through their academic program.
  • History of Western Civilization from Middle Ages to French Revolution Course: This course typically provides an overview of the social, cultural, political and economical developments in Western civilization from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.
  • Renaissance Europe Course: This class examines the effect of certain disasters on various aspects of society, such as art and religion, in the 14th to 16th centuries. Studies will focus on areas of Italy, where the Renaissance flourished, and will explore the development of politics, humanism and women's roles.
  • High Middle Ages Course: This more advanced course examines Europe during the High Middle Ages, approximately 1000 to 1300. Those enrolled in this course will learn about courtly love, limited government, reason vs revelation, science and the day-to-day life of common people.

Program Information

Medieval history courses are usually offered as part of an undergraduate or graduate history degree program, although they can also be found in GED and continuing education programs. Online stand-alone courses for independent learners are also available.

Online medieval history courses might require a variety of study resources, including textbooks, maps and a basic computer with Internet access and word processing. Exams may be given online, and regular participation in online discussion threads could be required.

Online classes in medieval history can be found in undergraduate or graduate history programs, or in a stand-alone format. Topics covered may include the Crusades, the different periods of the Middle Ages and the impact on Western Civilization.

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