2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Culture and Common Good

Mission Core: 3 credits

The goal of Mission Core: Culture & the Common Good is to prioritize attention to issues of historical remembrance, social justice, and diversity, to build alliances with individuals and organizations that are bringing about positive changes in the global community, and to integrate the liberal arts with professional education. Completion of this requirement partially fulfills the state Valuing requirement. Upon completion of this requirement, students will be able to:

  1. Identify links between Fontbonne’s mission, as supported by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and the principle of the common good, a principle of Catholic Social Teaching.
  2. Articulate the challenges of reconciling divergent ideas about the common good within a pluralistic society.
  3. Determine one’s personal ideas about the common good by examining the idea in multiple contexts.
  4. Prioritize one’s personal and professional goals in light of one’s potential contributions to the common good.
  5. Demonstrate effective use of campus resources to foster personal and professional development.

Diversity & Justice: 3 credits

As an institution, we value diversity and justice. Courses that meet this requirement develop students’ abilities to articulate a personally authentic ethical framework that honors these values, and to act upon these values in particular contexts.


At the conclusion of courses that meet the diversity and justice requirement, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss how concepts related to diversity and justice continue to be defined, disputed, employed, and/or expanded within a given sphere of study or practice
  2. Identify ways that the tools of this area of study or practice have been or could be employed to foster diversity and justice in personal, professional, cultural, or societal contexts.

Foundations: 17 credits

These courses form the foundation of a solid liberal arts education.

Pillars of Knowledge: 18 credits

Pillars courses build on Fontbonne’s Foundations courses. Students select one course from six of the seven categories listed (minimum 3 credit hours each), to include at least one laboratory science course.