Students in the combined degree program will complete sixteen term courses. Ten of these will be courses in Music, including four would in "early music," i.e. from the later Middle Ages through the baroque. The six remaining courses making up the Renaissance Studies portion of the degree will be broken down as follows: 2 terms of Renaissance Studies Core Course, 4 additional term courses be taken in at least disciplines outside of Music (such as literature, History, History of Art, Religious Studies, etc.
Latin and Italian, as set by Renaissance Studies -- one hour of Renaissance Latin prose; two hours of Italian, one of sixteenth-century Italian prose, one of modern Italian scholarship. A third language (normally French or German) at the discretion of the Music Department.
Music: 3 90-minute essays (including one on "early music") followed by an oral examination of 90 minutes.
Renaissance Studies: 1 90-minute essay on an interdisciplinary Renaissance topic (e.g., art and literature of a particular country, or comparison of the culture of two or three princely courts, or the history of the Reformation or Counter-Reformation), followed by a 30-minute oral examination, on the essay topic.
Timing of the Exams and Related Matters:
Students in the combined degree program will take comprehensive exams in Music at the beginning of the third year (3 90-minute essays, including one on "Early Music," followed by a 90-minute oral examination); enroll in the third-year prospectus/dissertation seminar in Music; take a Renaissance Studies comprehensive exam in the spring of the third year (one 90-minute essay on an interdisciplinary topic – such as the art and literature of a particular country, a comparison of two or three courts, or the history of the Reformation or Counter-Reformation – followed by a 30-minute oral examination, on the essay topic; complete the prospectus not later than September of the fourth year.
Dissertations will be approved in the Department of Music, with at least one reader to come from the Renaissance Studies Executive Committee.