Take your interest in the stories, beliefs and schools of thought that influence modern society to the next level at Fontbonne. Whether you intend to pursue graduate studies, serve the public good, conduct ethical research or work in any number of professions, you will find faculty and students eager to engage with you in discussion, debate and examination.
The History, Philosophy and Religion division is concerned with tradition. From the foundations of Western civilization or ancient philosophy to the making of the American Constitution to the sacred texts of world religions, we study the ways that thought, faith, law and culture have shaped the world. Yet at Fontbonne, we focus on how these traditions affect the way we live today — and will live in the future.
Our faculty are engaged in applying these core principles and beliefs to contemporary issues, and you will have an opportunity to work with them as part of your program. One of Dr. Daryl Wennemann’s central interests is in the “post-human:” how can philosophical tradition help us understand the changes brought on by enormous advances in scientific technology that may redefine what we mean by the term “human?” Dr. Brian Matz, our endowed chair in Catholic thought, explores the contemporary debate about healthcare and other social issues through the lens of theology. Dr. Corinne Wohlford, a professor of American studies, recently offered a course on the crisis in Ferguson, bringing together threads in American and African-American history to shed light on a contemporary social problem. Department Chair Dr. Jack Luzkow has partnered with others at Fontbonne to join his interest in European history and the Holocaust to work with local Bosnian genocide survivors.
In our department halls, you’ll often hear our faculty and students wrestling with issues like these, among ourselves and in interdisciplinary collaboration with peers in other departments. In addition, we work with partners throughout the Saint Louis region — at the Missouri History Museum, the International Institute, various law firms and religious institutions, to mention just a few — to ground our intellectual pursuits in the public sphere.
You will be prepared for success with the ability to investigate, research and debate fundamentally important issues, deeply held beliefs and historic events that impact the world in which we live. Our students in pre-law, global studies, religious studies, history, women’s and gender studies, American studies, African-American studies and philosophy are more than traditionalists. They are questioners, interpreters and creative intellectuals who are informed by tradition but engaged with today.