• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities

Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies



This minor brings together course offerings from the departments of Art, English, Global Studies and Languages, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The program studies the diverse peoples and cultures of western civilization during ancient, medieval and early modern eras, an overview of each time period and how scholars from different disciplines approach these eras.

Electives are chosen from at least three disciplines, and off-campus study counts as a discipline. Students gain an understanding of ideas and developments that shaped western civilization and culture.

Program Spotlight


Ann Pleiss Morris

Ann Pleiss Morris

Associate Professor of English, Chair of English Department

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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Professor of Religion, Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics and Values, Chair of Religion Department

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Diane Mockridge

Professor of History

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Dominique Poncelet
Eddie R. Lowry Jr.

Eddie Lowry Jr.

Professor of Greek, Professor of Latin, Marie Zarwell Uihlein Chair in Classical Studies

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Kenneth Hill

Professor of Theatre, Chair of Theatre Department

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Paul Jeffries

Paul Jeffries

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Philosophy Department, Coordinator of First-Year Studies Program

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Sarah Mahler Kraaz

Sarah Mahler Kraaz

Professor of Music, College Organist

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Travis Nygard

Travis Nygard

Associate Professor of Art, Director of the Caestecker Gallery

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

  • Teaching English, history, art, theatre and classics at all levels
  • Careers in library services and museum and arts management
  • Excellent preparation for several single-subject and interdisciplinary graduate programs

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Introductory students host ARMS-related events on campus, such as the trebuchet pumpkin launching.
  • ARMS students have presented at national conferences such as the Blackfriars Shakespeare Conference at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia.
  • As part of the In-Focus Course “Old Italy, New Italy,” students have the opportunity to travel to Italy and experience first-hand the art, architecture and culture discussed in ARMS courses
  • The ACM Newberry Library program in Chicago allows students to tap in to the millions of books in the collection of this leading center of research.