Majors and Minors

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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.

Majors

*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.

Minors


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Arts and Letters News

  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Speak at Notre Dame

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    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on September 6—the morning of the home football game against the University of Michigan. Dempsey will deliver the Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture in National Security. He will speak on “America’s National Security Challenges: The View from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” Read More >

  • ND Expert: Don’t Panic Over ISIS

    Michael Desch

    As the Islamic State extremist group, commonly referred to as ISIS, shocks the world with its brutality and takes control of more territory in the region, Michael Desch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, says the U.S. should take ISIS seriously and stop its progress, but not panic. “ISIS is a serious local threat in Syria and Iraq, but does not yet pose a direct threat to the United States,” says Desch, an expert on international security and American foreign and defense policies. “While the presence of Western nationals in their ranks is worrisome, they have the greatest potential to do mischief in the weak states in the region, two of which we have created in Syria and Iraq with ill-advised policies.” Read More >

  • Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Awarded Grant to Study Christian Persecution

    Daniel Philpott

    The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world. Read More >

  • Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities Endowed with $15 Million Gift

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    The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a recent University initiative that seeks to reduce poverty in the United States.

    “We are immensely grateful to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation for a gift that supports the missions of both the foundation and Notre Dame: to be a force for good in the world,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “By endowing the work of LEO researchers, the foundation is supporting and challenging them to find enduring solutions to poverty in America.” Read More >