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

  • Video: Mary Celeste Kearney on Filmmaking and Girls' Media Culture

    Mary Celeste Kearney

    “The world of filmmaking and television production is dominated by men’s voices. We are not seeing enough representations that are actually from a girl or a woman’s perspective,” said Mary Celeste Kearney, associate professor of film, television, and theatre and a senior fellow in the gender studies program at the University of Notre Dame. Read More >

  • Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

    Natalie Perez

    “Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez. Read More >

  • Alumna Runs Guatemalan Orphanage

    Anne Attea

    “The love of charity is the form of faith.” Though Thomas Aquinas penned these words, Anne Attea ’86 has certainly lived them. For the past year, Attea has been the Director of el Hogar de Niños del Amor de Patricia, a home caring for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala. Attea and her team provide these children with love and stability, as well as food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, music, fun, and education. Read More >

  • Tea Party Support Linked to Educational Segregation, New Study Shows

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    In January 2009, Barack Obama assumed the U.S. presidency in the midst of the most severe recession since the great depression of the 1930s. While many Americans hoped the new administration would take an active role in providing relief for those harmed by the economic collapse, a “Tea Party” movement emerged to oppose Obama’s agenda. Read More >