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Course Requirements

University Major

Students with well-defined goals and interests which cut across several disciplines are encouraged to consider a university major. This major allows students to individualize a program of study that provides an exploration of diverse fields of study, the challenge of independent work, and possible off-campus experiences. The major may lead to a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Baccalaureate Degree and Residency Requirements
All requirements for an undergraduate degree are listed under
academic policies and regulations in the undergraduate introductory section in this catalog. These requirements include a graduation requirement of at least one course in religion or theology.
General Education Requirements
The 42 credit hours of general education requirements (GER) are presented in the undergraduate academic information section in this catalog. A course that meets a general education requirement may also meet a course requirement for the major or a course requirement in another discipline.

Requirements for the University Major
A university major must have a clearly defined unifying principle. This principle must be either a special career goal (e.g., consumer affairs) not provided in an existing major or a special interest that crosses disciplinary lines (e.g., American studies).The student pursuing a university major must complete no fewer than 60 credit hours and no more than 80 credit hours in the chosen disciplines. A minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours in the university major must be taken at Fontbonne. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed at the upper division level and must represent more than one discipline.At the time of the submission of a proposal for a university major, the student must have a Fontbonne minimum
cumulative grade point (GPA) average of 2.5 and must maintain this GPA through degree completion.

Procedures for Applying for a University Major
A student interested in pursuing a university major must:
•Present a proposal of study to the chairperson of interdisciplinary studies who, after review and
discussion with the student, will submit the proposal to the chair of the undergraduate academic committee. The proposal must include the name of the major, goals and     objectives, specific courses (those completed and those to be completed) for the major, a timeline for completion, and a recommendation for a primary and a secondary advisor. One advisor must represent one of the disciplines included in the university major. The chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies, if not identified as the primary advisor, will serve as one of these advisors.
•Submit the proposal of study prior to the completion of 64 credit hours (this total may represent Fontbonnecoursework, transfer coursework, or a combination of both).
•Receive approval from the undergraduate academic committee for the university major and for the primary and secondary advisors for the major.
•File the approved program of study with the primary and secondary advisors and with the registrar’s office.

The student will be awarded a degree upon the successful completion of the university major and all degree and graduation requirements.

MINORS
Minor in Advertising
The minor in advertising requires a minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework, including the following:
ADV 201 Introduction to Advertising (3 credits)
ADV 301 Advertising Strategies (3 credits)
ADV 320 Advertising Copywriting (3 credits)     
ART 115 Graphic Design (3 credits)
BUS 233 Marketing Principles (3 credits)
BUS 369 Market Research (3 credits)
or
PSY 330 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
COM 260 Introduction to Mass Media (3 credits)

Minor in American Culture Studies
The American culture studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to build on their professional interests through a broad approach to the study of American culture at home and abroad. The program combines courses in art, communication, English, government, history, and sociology in addition to core courses in American culture studies.
The minor requires completion of 18 hours of coursework, including ACS 100, 200, and 300 as well as nine elective hours from the list of electives in other departments.
Core courses:
ACS 100 Introduction to American Culture Studies (3 credits)
ACS 200 America Abroad (3 credits)
ACS 300 Topics in American Culture Studies (3 credits)

The elective courses, drawn from offerings in other departments, are listed below. Students must choose one course from each of the following clusters.
Cluster 1:
ART 207 High Art, Propaganda, and Kitsch (3 credits)
ART 313 The American Photograph (3 credits)
MUS 106 American Popular Music (3 credits)
SOC 225 Contemporary Social Theory (3 credits)
SOC 235 Social Stratification (3 credits)
SOC 245 Social Theory (3 credits)
SOC 265 Diversity and Social Justice (3 credits)
WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)
WGS 220 Masculinities (3 credits)

Cluster 2:
COM 210 Rhetorical Criticism (3 credits)
COM 380 Persuasion (3 credits)
ENG 260 American Literary Tradition: to Whitman (3 credits)
ENG 261 American Literary Tradition: since Whitman (3 credits)
ENG 337 American Literary Renaissance (3 credits)
ENG 355 African-American Literature (3 credits)
ENG 365 Development of the American Novel (3 credits)

Cluster 3:
HST 105 Introduction to American History I: Discovery through Civil War (3 credits)
HST 106 Introduction to American History II: Civil War to the Present (3 credits)
HST 310 African-American History (3 credits)
HST 340 American Social History (3 credits)
SSC 201 American Economy (3 credits)
GOV 230 American National Government (3 credits)

In addition, the chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies may approve Special Topics or Dedicated Semester courses to count toward this minor program on a one-time basis. See the chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies for further information.

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies
The minor program in women’s and gender studies allows
students to understand the unique contributions of all women, the subjective gender- and culture-specific nature of values, the historical and contemporary social mechanisms that promote or limit women in society, social constructions of gender, and methods of promoting equitable treatment of all members of society.

The minor in women’s and gender studies requires the completion of 21 credit hours of coursework, including the following:
WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)
WGS 220 Masculinities (3 credits)
WGS 470 Gender Theory (3 credits)

Students must choose one course (3 credit hours) from one of the following:
COM 230 Gender Communication (3 credits)
PSY 275 Psychology of Women (3 credits)
SOC 320 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3 credits)

Students also choose three courses (9 credit hours) of elective credits from the following courses:
COM 230 Gender Communication (3 credits)
ENG 220 Introduction to Women’s Literature (3 credits)
HES 105 Personal, Professional, and Cultural Dress (3 credits)
HES 337 Family Relations (3 credits)
HES 440/HST 440 History of Women in the United States (3 credits)
PER 314 Multicultural Experiences in Performance (3 credits)
PER 455 Sexual Politics in Drama (3 credits)
PSY 275 Psychology of Women (3 credits)
REL 240 Women and Religion (3 credits)
SOC 320 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3 credits)

In addition, the chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies may approve Special Topics or Dedicated Semester courses to count toward this minor program on a one-time basis. See the chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies for further information.