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Undergraduate Studies at Marco


Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRST) at UT examines the rich period from 200-1700 CE from the perspectives of many disciplines: history, literature, languages, art history, religious studies, music, archaeology, political science, and philosophy. Our excellent faculty make it possible to offer many concentrations within the program.


Our offerings include:

  • Undergraduate major and minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRST)
  • Course offerings from approximately 40 faculty members across eight affiliated departments
  • Opportunities to participate in and volunteer for Marco events
  • Access to the Marco Riggsby Library and Reading Room
  • MARCUS (Medieval and Renaissance Club for Undergraduate Students)
  • A lounge available to MRST students



Some people who majored in MRST-related fields:

  • J.R.R. Tolkein (author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
  • Philippa Gregory (author of historical novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen)
  • Anthony Ervin (Olympic gold medalist and swimmer)
  • Sterling Morrison (guitarist, co-founder of the Velvet Underground)
  • Ashton Carter (physicist, 25th United States Secretary of Defense)
  • Caitlin Doughty (mortician, activist, vlogger)
  • Tony Kushner (playwright and screenwriter, author of Angels in America)
  • Melissa Clark (NY Times food writer)
  • Terry Jones (actor and historian, founding member of Monty Python)


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