Departments

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The College’s 20 departments span the arts, social sciences, and humanities—and are led by expert faculty dedicated to excellence in the classroom and to scholarly research in their respective fields.

The department websites listed below can provide you the most detailed information available about the College’s majors, graduate programs, and faculty. To learn more about the College directly from our students and faculty, watch our student major profile and faculty research profile videos.

Please also browse the listing of research centers, institutes, and special programs affiliated with the College of Arts and Letters.


Liberal Arts at Notre Dame

The Liberal Arts at Notre Dame


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2011 Faculty Awards

Faculty awards 2011


Arts and Letters News

  • CEC Director to Deliver Inaugural Law & Justice Lecture at University of Florence

    O. Carter Snead

    Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture director and professor of law Carter Snead will deliver the inaugural University of Florence “Law and Justice Lecture” on May 30 in Florence, Italy. His lecture, “Three Regulatory Models for Stem Cell Research,” will analyze and contrast the U.S. government’s federal funding policies under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as a means of exploring the complexities of American governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. Read More >

  • Philosophy Major Wins Naughton Fellowship to Conduct Research in Ireland

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    Michelle Kim, a philosophy major, has won a 2016 Naughton Fellowship, which allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities. With the award, Kim will complete undergraduate research at Trinity College Dublin. Read More >

  • How Studying Philosophy Guides Alumna’s Work as a Hollywood Film Director

    Anne Hamilton

    Anne Hamilton ’04 didn’t always know she wanted to be a filmmaker. She majored in philosophy in the College of Arts and Letters, but plans change, and now Hamilton is one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming directors. She recently signed with William Morris Endeavor after the successful world premiere of American Fable, a feature film she wrote, directed, and co-produced. The film made its debut at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March and received a string of excellent reviews. Read More >

  • Nature and Nurture Are Both Important, Anthropologist Argues in New Journal Article

    Agustín Fuentes

    Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, Notre Dame biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes argues in a forthcoming paper in the journal Current Anthropology. Read More >