Majors and Minors

Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Letters can choose from more than 60 academic majors and minors offered by the College’s many departments and interdisciplinary programs. No matter which they choose, their liberal arts degree will prepare them for success after graduation.

Click here to read a letter from the dean (PDF) about how to plan your academic career and make the most of your time in the College of Arts and Letters.

To learn more about each academic program and its requirements, browse the lists of majors, supplementary majors, and minors below. Or hear directly from some of our students talking about their majors in our new student major profile video series.


*indicates honors track available

Supplementary Majors

A supplementary major is one that cannot stand alone in qualifying a student for an undergraduate degree but must be taken in conjunction with a primary major.


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The College Viewbook

To read more about our programs, majors, and life in the College, check out the Viewbook and Insider’s Guide for potential undergraduate students.

Arts and Letters News

  • History Ph.D. Students Win Major Fellowships and Grants

    Notre Dame Academic Seal

    The projects took them them to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and England. The research offers new insights into the Renaissance, Protestantism, immigrant religiousness, monks, and begging practices. Eight graduate students from Notre Dame’s Department of History received competitive fellowships or grants in support of their research—awards including a Rome Prize, a Fulbright, and Louisville Institute, Newcombe, and Schallek fellowships. Read More >

  • Alumnus Wins Prize for Documentary on Cancer-Surviving Sled Dog Racer

    Greg Kohs

    Greg Kohs ’88 will wait as long as it takes to earn the trust of his film’s subjects. Kohs, who majored in American studies in the College of Arts and Letters, makes his living directing television commercials and independent documentaries. His newest film, The Great Alone, about four-time Iditarod champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey, won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival this summer. Read More >

  • FTT Course on Nonfiction Graphic Novels Inspires Visual Storytelling by Students

    Olivier Morel in graphic novel form

    After adapting his award-winning documentary On the Bridge into a graphic novel that both portrayed stories of veterans and offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Olivier Morel’s emotions and struggles as he interviewed them, the FTT assistant professor was inspired to create an undergraduate course. In Graphic Wounds, Graphic Novels, in-depth readings and discussions with some of the genre’s leading authors revealed how trauma and recovery are depicted in nonfiction graphic novels. Read More >

  • $1 Million Grant to Help Sociologist Research School Choice in Indiana

    Mark Berends

    Indiana’s school choice program is one of the largest in the United States. Until now, little has been known about how this initiative to increase parents’ educational options for their children is affecting either the schools or the students. A Notre Dame sociologist will now get to examine a range of those effects, thanks to a $1 million grant from The Spencer Foundation. The award will fund a three-year study in a ground-breaking initiative with data allowing for comparisons among traditional public, charter, and private schools. Read More >