Seek Wisdom: Your Guide to Academics at Notre Dame

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ACADEMICS AT THE UNIVERSIT Y OF NOTRE DAME


E D U C A T I N G

T H E

The University of Notre Dame was founded by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., a French missionary priest with incredible vision. For more than 175 years, we have been educating and empowering students based on his aspiration that, “This college will be one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.” Today, the story continues as Notre Dame, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, forms students in mind, body, and spirit.


Established in 1842

Campus: South Bend, Indiana

#1 in the nation for 4-year graduation rates

Global Presence Across 6 Continents

Top producer of Fulbright scholars for 7th consecutive year

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EMBARK ON YOUR QUEST Academic Inquiry and Self-discovery Lead to Wisdom In literature and mythology, the hero’s journey leads the hero on a transformative adventure. As a Notre Dame student, you are the hero of your story and your quest for wisdom is a journey of self-discovery. This principle guides our approach to academics, which begins with inquiry. This is why we encourage you to ask: ª What are my values? ª Where do my talents lie? ª How can my passions contribute to the greater good? A Notre Dame education is designed around enduring questions and students are given the resources of a major research university to explore the answers. Within this environment, you will learn not only how to think, but also how to live fully.

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Explore: admissions.nd.edu/academics

FOR WISDOM


Core Curriculum Central to undergraduate education at Notre Dame is the core curriculum, a set of course requirements that apply to all students, regardless of major. It is the foundation for the University’s liberal arts education and exposes students to diverse modes of thought for approaching, analyzing, and understanding aspects of our lives and our world.

Moreau First Year Experience Every first-year student at Notre Dame participates in a one-credit, two semester course sequence called the Moreau First Year Experience. Students are introduced to University life, cultural competence, health and well-being, academic success, and spirituality, among other topics.

First Year Advising As a first-year student, you will be assigned a dedicated advisor who provides support to ensure your optimal learning, engagement, planning, and progress throughout your first year at Notre Dame.

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SOMEDA Ever y Stride Was Once a

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OUR APPROACH TO ACADEMICS FULFILLS OUR MISSION TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD As a Notre Dame student, you’ll become part of a tradition of innovation that has produced Nobel Laureates, regularly graduates Fulbright Scholars, and makes continuous strides in major research areas. We develop new medical prostheses, initiate lead poison prevention, discover new stars, partner with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and research and manage turbine engines for sustainable energy production. But our mission to act as a force for good in the world means that our success isn’t measured by accolades. It is measured by how well we serve humanity. Notre Dame continues to make strides in research, having increased research spending by 400 percent in the last 10 years alone. We are relentless pursuers of social justice through initiatives like these: ª ª ª ª ª

Center for Social Concerns – socialconcerns.nd.edu Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights – klau.nd.edu Pulte Institute for Global Development – pulte.nd.edu Initiative on Race and Resilience – raceandresilience.nd.edu ND Energy – energy.nd.edu

Our devotion to progress is expressed every day, in ways large and small, on campus and off, by faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Within our diverse community and despite many points of view, we all share this common purpose.

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I love how we are taught to use our drawing and drafting skills to problem-solve and design for good. Emily Fuchs ʼ25, Architecture

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE BUILD A

BETTER WORLD

The School of Architecture educates students in the classical architectural tradition and teaches them to address critical issues facing the built environment through research, career preparation, and service. Our five-year professional degree program focuses on hand-drawing and drafting and includes an entire year of study in Rome, Italy. From sketch to skyline, you will learn through experience how to design and build a better world.

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MAJORS ª Architecture (5-year program)

C O N C E N T R AT I O N S ª Architectural Practice and Enterprise ª Furniture Design ª Preservation and Restoration Visit architecture.nd.edu to learn more.


INNOVATION

FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The College of Science prepares tomorrow’s scientific leaders to think big while inspiring them to make a difference. Science students learn to share their knowledge and discoveries in ways that encourage collaboration, advance learning, and contribute to the common good.

MAJORS ª Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics ª Biochemistry ª Biological Sciences ª Chemistry ª Environmental Sciences ª Mathematics ª Neuroscience and Behavior

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Physics Physics in Medicine Preprofessional Studies Science—Business Science—Computing Science—Education Statistics

Visit science.nd.edu for a full list of majors and minors.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE My educational framework goes beyond the bounds of natural science, allowing me to study history, visual arts, and language development so that I can provide better integrated care to the people I will serve after graduation. Jonathan Couri ʼ22, Biological Sciences

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W H AT D O E S

MAJORS

Notre Dame engineers are educated in ways that allow them to contribute solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Rigorous coursework, in-depth research, and service opportunities train leaders equipped to answer the question, “What does humanity need?”

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HUMANITY NEED?

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING The community at Notre Dame is like no other and it really shows when we work together to do everything from coding a server to building droids. Katelyn Wyatt ʼ22, Computer Science

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Aerospace Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Environmental Earth Sciences Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering For a full list of majors and minors, visit engineering.nd.edu.


What I love most about Notre Dame is the constant emphasis on attending college, not just to gain knowledge or have a higher earning potential, but to serve your community. Megan Allen ʼ22, Business Analytics

MENDOZA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS GROW THE GOOD

IN BUSINESS

Undergraduates in the Mendoza College of Business benefit from a top-ranked business college recognized for academic excellence. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in critical business skills while graduating leaders who can solve problems in today’s global economy.

MAJORS ª ª ª ª ª

Accountancy Business Analytics Finance Management Consulting Marketing

Visit mendoza.nd.edu/undergraduate for a full list of majors and minors.

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I love my liberal arts education and am grateful for this incredible opportunity to “study everything!” Connor Patrick ʼ23, History S T U D Y E V E RY T H I N G

DO ANYTHING

The humanities, languages, arts, and social sciences come together in the College of Arts and Letters. Students benefit from cross-disciplinary study, the realworld application of ideas learned in the classroom or lab, and how to read, write, and think critically about global issues.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

MAJORS ª ª ª ª ª ª ª ª ª ª ª

Africana Studies American Studies Anthropology Arabic Art History Chinese Classics Computer Science Design Economics Education, Schooling, and Society* ª English ª Film, Television, and Theatre ª French

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Gender Studies German Greek and Roman Civilization History International Economics Irish Language and Literature Italian Japanese Latino Studies* Mathematics Medieval Studies Music Neuroscience and Behavior Philosophy Philosophy and Theology

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Political Science Pre-Health* Program of Liberal Studies Psychology Romance Languages and Literatures Russian Sociology Spanish Studio Art Theology

Visit al.nd.edu for a full list of majors and minors.

*O nly offered as a supplementary major: Supplementary majors are pursued in conjunction with a primary major.


A D VA N C E T H E C A U S E O F

HUMAN DIGNITY

S U P P L E M E N TA R Y MAJORS

Students who choose a supplementary major or minor through the Keough School of Global Affairs grow to understand the interconnected nature of world challenges.

ª Global Affairs ª Asian Studies ª Peace Studies

Students learn to advance the cause of human dignity by developing their toolkit of strategic, analytic, and relational skills. They participate in global experiences and gain firsthand knowledge of the ideas, peoples and disciplines in government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector.

MINORS ª ª ª ª ª ª

Asian Studies European Studies International Development Studies Irish Studies Peace Studies Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Visit keough.nd.edu/undergrad to learn more.

KEOUGH SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS The Keough School of Global Affairs has offered me a new understanding of peace and justice, one that proposes solutions that consider the “whole person” using integral human development. Irasema Hernandez Trujillo ʼ24, Political Science and Supplementary Major in Global Affairs

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LEADING EXPERTS MENTORS

WHO ARE ALSO

On your quest for wisdom, you will be aided by professors who are some of the world’s leading experts in their fields. Beyond their research accomplishments and accolades, Notre Dame faculty are first and foremost your teachers, mentors, and partners in intellectual discovery. Our professors are not just passionate about their areas of study—they are passionate about teaching. They will push you to consider new perspectives, help you identify meaningful research and internship opportunities, and offer guidance as you prepare to become an educated agent of change.

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What sets our faculty apart is their ability to craft world-class research programs, while remaining fully committed to undergraduate education. Our faculty consider holistic formation—attending to the development of the mind, body, and spirit of our students—as a fundamental responsibility. Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D. Charles and Jill Fischer Provost

N O T R E D A M E FA C U LT Y BY T H E N UM B E R S

27 PROFESSORS

have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation’s leading learning academy.

99%

of full-time faculty have terminal degrees or doctorates.

#1

IN NEH FELLOWSHIPS

Notre Dame faculty members have won more fellowships (65) from the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1999 than any other institution in the country..

8:1

Student to faculty ratio.

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INQUIRE . INNOVATE . CREATE . Gospel singers build bridges. Lacrosse players develop apps. Playwrights research thermodynamics.

Along your path thus far, you have likely learned that inspiration doesn’t conform to disciplines. Creative intellectuals follow their curiosity wherever it leads. But ideas need encouragement and resources to give them free rein. As a Notre Dame student, your ideas are supported by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), among other campus units. This center is a hub for intellectual exploration and creative expression. CUSE funds research, offers advising, and helps students apply for prestigious awards, like the Fulbright and Rhodes Scholar programs.

FROM CONCEPT TO CONSTRUCTION

We build a unique community around students with an exceptional diversity of skills, passions, perspectives, and backgrounds—because that’s what the world needs: all of us using our time and talents for the greater good. These and many other campus resources support discovery, innovation, and creativity so you can make your big ideas a reality.

TURBOMACHINERY LABORATORY (NDTL)

Professors and students at this world-class turbomachinery research and testing facility study and test components for gas turbine engines. These are used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry.

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DIGITAL VISUALIZATION THEATRE

Located in the Jordan Hall of Science, the Digital Visualization Theatre allows students to explore 3D models of complex molecules, view the internal structure of the human body revealed by CT or MRI medical imaging, and hurtle through outer space from campus to the edge of the observable universe.

CENTER FOR RESEARCH COMPUTING

This state-of-the-art High Performance Computing (HPC) facility offers resources like the Geospatial Analysis Laboratory, the Green Cloud, an energyefficient computational grid, and VisArray, a visualization framework for rendering scientific data.


INNOVATION, DE-RISKING, AND ENTERPRISE ACCELERATION (IDEA) CENTER

The IDEA Center is where student entrepreneurs, inventors, subject matter experts, and researchers come together to take innovative ideas from inception to the marketplace.

CENTER FOR ENHANCED WIND ENERGY DESIGN (EWIND)

EWiND researchers develop revolutionary designs that incorporate virtual aerodynamic shaping for enhanced wind energy systems. The outdoor laboratory offers opportunities for investigations into the sciences of fluid dynamics, acoustics, fluid-structure interaction, and much more.

The IDEA Center at Innovation Park-Notre Dame has launched 142 companies with a collective value of approximately $100 million.

DEBARTOLO CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS This hive of creativity supports the scholarship, teaching, and practice of the performing and cinematic arts. It houses six performance venues, film editing bays, a recording studio, costume shop, rehearsal studio, and set design rooms with drafting tables.

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MISSION DRIVEN MISSION DRIVEN

Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns offers the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP), a four-credit, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns offers the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP), a four-credit, eight-week community-based program. Students are invited to experience and interpret global issues through the critical eight-week community-based program. Students are invited to experience and interpret global issues through the critical lenses of Catholic social tradition and social analysis. Participants serve at one of 34 sites in 21 countries. lenses of Catholic social tradition and social analysis. Participants serve at one of 34 sites in 21 countries. socialconcerns.nd.edu Visit socialconcerns.nd.edu for more information.


TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, YOU FIRST NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT Notre Dame educates global citizens prepared to take on the world’s biggest challenges. “Go further” is our motto because learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom. Instead, we expand the classroom to include study abroad, U.S. and international internships, student clubs, and service. Our global University community supports you both on campus and off. And, through our experiential learning programs, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to shape your worldview. Your experiences won’t just help you understand the world—they will inspire you to change the world.

INTELLECTUAL INQUIRY KNOWS NO BOUNDS

75%

of students study abroad

50 IN 26 COUNTRIES

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

during the academic year

from Ireland to Brazil and in between studyabroad.nd.edu

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Global Gateways and Centers from Beijing to São Paulo

international.nd.edu/global-network

TOP 10 16

in the U.S. for study abroad participation

U.S. and international summer programs

1400+

international students at Notre Dame

issa.nd.edu

120

projects funded by Notre Dame international grants

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YOUR FIRST YEAR AT NOTRE DAME

Every adventure begins with a single first step. Your first year at Notre Dame will be filled with many first steps and, as our alumni can tell you, you will remember them—always. The challenging courses you take on a whim, the clubs you join, the late study sessions in the library—they are all milestones on an adventure that will shape who you become and bond you with a community of fellow travelers.

CLASS VISIT GROTTO

ACTIVITIES NIGHT

TO THE

FIRST FOOTBALL GAME D E C LARE A MAJ OR

ATTEND STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

PRE-THANKSGIVING MEAL AT THE DINING HALL

SPRING BREAK

READING DAYS

IRISH FEST

ACADEMIC JOURNEYS WEEK

FINAL EXAMS


ACADEMIC ADVISING

COURSE SELECTION

ENROLLMENT

RESIDENCE HALL ASSIGNMENT

EXPLORE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

READING DAYS

DECK YOUR HALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

FINAL EXAMS

VISIT THE CAREER CENTER

CHRISTMAS BREAK SUMMER

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