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

  • In Memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology Emerita at Notre Dame

    Joan Aldous

    Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday, October 29, in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old. Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there were few women on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied, and wrote about family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families, and intergenerational relationships. Read More >

  • Sarah Ann Wells Explores the Dialogue Between South American Literature and Media

    Sarah Ann Wells

    Sarah Ann Wells, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has long been fascinated by film and media studies and by the modernist period. Her upcoming book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernism in South America, combines these two interests. Read More >

  • Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University, to Speak at Notre Dame Forum

    Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University

    Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. The 2014-15 Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Read More >

  • Two Psychologists Among Notre Dame’s Eight Faculty to Receive NSF Early Career Awards

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    In recognition of their excellence in research, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected eight University of Notre Dame faculty members from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science to participate in the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The CAREER program, which was established by the NSF in 1995, recognizes and supports outstanding junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating research while also providing educational opportunities for students. It is the NSF’s most prestigious award given to junior faculty. Read More >