The course examines the social, political, and cultural developments in Europe during the Middle Ages, with particular attention to interaction between Christian and Islamic civilizations. Possible topics for a course include the transmission and transformation of the Latin intellectual traditioin from the late Roman Empire to the Renaissance, the classical intellectual tradition in the Islamic world, the development and spread of monasticism, feudal monarchy and the papacy, the crusades, and commercial and cultural interaction between Europe and the Near East. The course is designed for students who have already had a survey course on the period. Prerequisite: Humn 112/Hist 113 or permission of instructor. The course may be cross-listed with Rlgn 331.