Undergraduate Education

Students talk with Eileen Hunt Botting, associate professor of political science (center)

While some might view the purpose of a research university differently, Notre Dame holds the flourishing of its undergraduates as a priority that is second to none—so much so that several years ago, the University put forth a formal vision for undergraduate education.

This statement was crafted by faculty, refined through an open-comment period, and then adopted by Notre Dame’s Academic Council; a similar process subsequently produced a list of expected learning outcomes for undergraduates.

Ensuring that our students achieve the lofty goals both they and we set for them requires a firm foundation. For that reason, all undergraduates, from history majors to budding electrical engineers, start their academic careers in the University’s distinctive First Year of Studies and, over the course of their time here, complete a 36-credit Core Curriculum.

Having a chance to take courses that represent the entire landscape of humanistic achievement, and to do so with an eye toward discovering what their own unique calling, their vocation, happens to be, is something that we pride ourselves on providing.

—(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page Jr., Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of The First Year of Studies

Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning

Stimulating scholarly conversation about teaching and supporting the adoption of practices that enhance learning, the Kaneb Center offers workshops for faculty and graduate students and houses the Learning Technology Lab. Visit the Kaneb Center Site

Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)

CUSE creates opportunities for students to pursue research and creative endeavors by connecting them to resources such as faculty mentors, funding, and presentation/publication outlets. Visit the CUSE Site

Notre Dame International

Notre Dame’s commitment to study abroad consistently yields one of the highest undergraduate participation rates among peer institutions. Visit the Notre Dame International Site

Center for Social Concerns (CSC)

With the aim of helping learning become service to justice, the CSC facilitates community-based study, research, and service. Visit the CSC Site