2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Humanities

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Programs in the Department of Humanities attend to historic and present social circumstances and structures, and envision and communicate responses rooted in human dignity. Students in a humanities program can expect student-focused teaching from subject-area experts who are passionate about their field and about teaching.  The department partners with local cultural institutions to bring learning opportunities out of the classroom.  The Department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees and a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary minors.


Jack Luzkow, professor of history
Corinne Wohlford Mason, associate professor of US history; Chairperson of the Department of Humanities; Director of Mission Core First-Year Seminar Program
Brian Matz, professor of religion; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought
Heather Norton, professor of communication
Lisa Oliverio, associate professor of English
Peter Ribic, instructor of English
Deborah Phelps, professor of sociology
Kasi Williamson, associate professor of communication;

Advanced Placement/Credit by Examination

Advanced Placement

An entering student who scores four or five on the Advanced Placement (AP) Test will receive equivalent placement and college credit equivalent to one or two courses, ordinarily ENG 101  and/or ENG 120 . The amount of credit and the specific courses for which credit will be given depend upon the quality of work demonstrated on the AP test and on the nature of the high school course.

CLEP Examination in English

Students who take the general exam and receive a passing score (following the American Council of Education recommendation) will earn three credit hours for ENG 101 . Some credit may be awarded on the CLEP literature exams.

Foreign Language Student at the University College, Washington University in St. Louis

Students who pursue foreign language studies combine the study of the cultures and traditions of other nations with a developing facility for communicating ideas through the functional use of a foreign language.

Fontbonne students may study foreign languages through a special arrangement with the University College of Washington University in St. Louis. Credits earned for foreign language through the University College count as home credit for Fontbonne students.

For information contact the Registrar’s Office.

American English Program

Courses in English Language Learning are offered as needed. These courses offer specialized instruction to students learning English as a second language. For purposes of placement, the student will be required to take the ACCUPLACER ESL Test.

These courses can follow a separate fee schedule.

For information, please contact the director of English as a second language at 314.719.8058.

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program is designed for non-native speakers of English. The purpose of the program is to help students improve their English language proficiency to a level of competence necessary to function and succeed at Fontbonne and other American universities.

Courses are offered at four levels, low intermediate to advanced, and consist of 20 hours of classroom instruction in English per week. Classes are small, usually 6 to 12 students. Depending on the number of students enrolled in the program, two proficiency levels may be combined.

Placement is determined by the ACCUPLACER ESL Test administered during the first class to determine which level is appropriate for the student. A TOEFL Test score will also be considered.


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