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Humanities Department

Lift your purpose to a higher level

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 Humanities Department 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.

By providing solid grounding in literary studies, professional writing, communication studies, strategic communication, English and English for secondary education, courses in each major develop the skills and perspective that enable you to adapt to change and devise creative solutions to new problems. We also offer internship opportunities and a variety of extracurricular activities to ensure you receive all the benefits of a well rounded liberal arts education.

Your critical awareness of the world and adeptness in oral and written communications provides a lasting basis for professional success and a fulfilling life. At Fontbonne, we are dedicated to that belief and to helping you achieve your goals with this foundation.

Areas of Study

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.

Dynamic classes, a growing number of majors, and the long-term success of our alumni demonstrate the relevance of our programs to a diverse and changing society. Fontbonne students who have majored in English or communication studies have pursued careers in law, advertising, public relations, teaching, business, politics, and journalism.

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Center for Bosnian Studies

The Center for Bosnian Studies at Fontbonne University is dedicated to establishing an enduring record of Bosnian genocide survivors, especially those living in metropolitan St. Louis.


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Griffin Roar

The Griffin Roar is an online magazine that publishes student perspectives on issues that matter to Fontbonne University students – from our campus to the national stage, from the arts to the sciences, from the little things to the big questions.

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Career Opportunities

At Fontbonne, we are committed to helping you soar higher in your chosen profession, whether that means preparing you for graduate studies or to enter your field directly after graduation. Click to learn more about English Career Opportunities.

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Humanities Department

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6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105


Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm

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