African-American Studies Minor
Required Courses for the African-American Studies Minor
A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.
- HST 107
Introduction to African-American Studies3 credits
An interdisciplinary introduction to the social, cultural, political, economic, artistic, and intellectual developments in African-American life and thought throughout American history, including theories on race and racial formation.
- HST 310
African-American History3 credits
Provides an introduction to African-American history.
Establishes a broad foundation for understanding the
influence on America of the African-American
community from pre-slavery to contemporary times.
Topics include Pre-slavery, Colonialism, The Civil War,
Jim Crow Laws, Reconstruction, The Harlem
Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and
- ENG 255
African-American Literature3 credits
And introduction to the literature of African Americans
from the slave narrative to the present and an opportunity
to analyze and interrogate issues of race, identity, and
gender in the works of African-American writers. Offered
Plus three of the five following courses:
- PSY 250
Cross-Cultural Psychology3 credits
An examination of the ways in which social and cultural
forces shape human experience. The course focuses on
how cultural and ethnic identifications relate to the
development of behavior. The course will critically
explore how broad conclusions made in Western
psychology apply to people in other cultures. Explores the
influence of culture on different dimensions of behavior,
such as gender roles, conformity, aggression,
individualism, altruism, and values. Prerequisite: PSY
- MUS 106
American Popular Music3 Credits
Social, economic, and musical foundations of ragtime, jazz, swing, and popular music, with a special emphasis on the best work of America’s most distinguished popular music composers and lyricists. Some emphasis on the verbal, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic characteristics that distinguishes the American popular song and its creators.
- WGS 101
Introduction to Women’s Studies3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies. Readings in feminist theory and research, autobiography, and the history of women’s rights activism will provide a framework for an investigation of major themes in women’s lives. Using contemporary cultures of the United States as our primary field of study, we will also explore dominant ideas about gender, one of the primary terms through which human beings articulate identity, define social roles, and assign status. We will consider as well how notions of gender intersect with other components of experiences such as those related to nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, class, age, religion, and sexuality. Fulfills specialized valuing general education requirement.
- COM 240
Intercultural Communication3 credits
Focuses on communication that occurs between
individuals who come from different cultural
backgrounds. Students will be presented with a model for
intercultural communication, which will serve as a
theoretical foundation for the course. Particular emphasis
will be placed on the understanding of cultural differences
in an attempt to reduce communication barriers.
- SOC 265
Diversity Studies3 credits
An introduction to central debates in the sociological
literature on diverse groups. Discussion of issues such as
power and inequality, prejudice and discrimination, social
justice, and social policy. Prerequisite: SOC 100.
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