An Investment for Life
Through a liberal arts education, you're encouraged and challenged to grapple with the great questions, enduring issues, and current challenges that confront society.
You’ll learn to read critically and analyze data, to write crisply and speak persuasively—all in preparation for becoming the professional, community, and Church leaders our world needs.
With the freedom to study what you love and explore new topics—through interdisciplinary coursework, cultural immersion, and independent research—you will broaden your view of the world, find a greater sense of purpose, and develop a skillset that will help you flourish no matter where your path leads.
“The investment you make in college is not just for the four years of college or for that first job after college. It’s for a lifetime.”
—John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters
Corey Robinson ’17
Program of Liberal Studies major
“The most valuable thing about a Notre Dame liberal arts education is that it doesn’t just train excellent doctors or consultants or scholars. The liberal arts train excellent young men and women who will go into whatever field they choose and do the right thing and live lives of excellence and integrity.”
Alexis Palá ’15
U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Chile
My research in Arts and Letters not only challenged me to think and engage deeply with an issue I am passionate about, but it also forced me to leave my comfort zone and understand who I am as a person, and what impact I want to make—on myself and in the world.”
Olivia Till ’17
Research fellow, Atlantic Media’s National Journal
“I'm a more critical thinker, I'm more analytical, and that will serve me so well. Coming to Notre Dame has instilled in me a sense of possibility: to do great things with those gifts that I've acquired here — knowledge, skills, friends, community — and bringing that to the world. I'm excited for that journey.”
Sree Kancherla ’17
Economics Ph.D. Student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
“I’ve had tremendous support to engage in my research areas of interest. I want to do something that is meaningful to the world — and these influences, these passions will carry me for the rest of my life.”
Jack McKenna ’15
Analyst Trainee, ThyssenKrupp, Singapore
If you’re looking for something you can apply to any career path—this is it.”