School of Architecture
The School of Architecture was established in 1899, although degrees in architecture were first awarded by the university in 1898.Today the school, housed in Bond Hall, offers a five-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. All undergraduate students study the third year of the program in Rome. The university is globally recognized for its Notre Dame School of Architecture, a faculty that teaches (pre-modernist) traditional and classical architecture and urban planning (e.g. following the principles of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture).It also awards the renowned annual Driehaus Architecture Prize.
The mission of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture is to educate leaders who will design and build for future generations, cities and towns that are based on a foundation of conservation and investment rather than consumption and waste.
The School emphasizes classical and vernacular architecture within traditional urbanism; principles that encourage community, harmony with nature and economy of resources and energy. The School is part of a continuum from the past to the future, learning and inventing from it - carrying it forward with timeless ideals and cutting-edge technology. Around the world, regional and local traditional architecture and urbanism respect local climates, resources and culture with cities and buildings that are beautiful, enduring and do the least harm to the earth. These values apply from the smallest towns to the greatest cities, establish civic identities with human scale and facilitate an efficient and satisfying way of life.
College of Arts and Letters
The College of Arts and Letters was established as the university's first college in 1842 with the first degrees given in 1849. The university's first academic curriculum was modeled after the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum from Saint Louis University.Today the college, housed in O'Shaughnessy Hall,includes 20 departments in the areas of fine arts, humanities, and social sciences, and awards Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in 33 majors, making it the largest of the university's colleges. There are around 2,500 undergraduates and 750 graduates enrolled in the college.
The College is an extraordinary place. It is Notre Dame’s oldest and largest college, at the core of the University’s distinctive mission.The College’s 20 departments span three divisions—the arts, the social sciences, and the humanities—all of which contribute to the vibrant life of the College.
Mendoza College of Business
The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is a premier Catholic business school that fosters academic excellence, professional effectiveness and personal accountability in a context that strives to be faithful to the ideals of community, human development and individual integrity.
A leader in values-based education with the message of Ask More of Business™, the College offers innovative coursework that integrates real-life case studies, a faculty renowned for teaching and research, international study opportunities, and interactions with some of the foremost business thought leaders.
Mendoza's undergraduate program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek for five consecutive years. The College also offers seven graduate degrees: Notre Dame MBA, Executive MBA, MS in Accountancy, MS in Management, MS in Finance, MS in Business Analytics and the Master of Nonprofit Administration.
College of Engineering
Engineering has been offered at the University since 1873, when Notre Dame became the first Catholic university in the country to have a school of engineering. In fact, Notre Dame boasts a long history of engineering developments in a variety of fields … from the construction of the first hand-driven wind tunnel in America (aerospace) and the successful transmission of one of the first wireless messages (communications) in the country to the discovery of a new class of actinyl peroxide compounds (energy) and demonstration of magnetic logic (computing).
When the College of Engineering was officially founded in 1920, most of the students were pursuing civil engineering, due to the nation’s need for surveyors and designers of roads, bridges, and railroads. Today, graduate and undergraduate students continue to explore a wide variety of fields through the five departments housed within the college as they search for ways to address some of society’s most pressing needs.
Keough School of Global Affairs
The Keough School of Global Affairs — opening its doors to students and the world in August 2017 — will prepare students for effective and ethically grounded professional leadership in government, the private sector, and global civil society.The Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, seeks to advance Integral Human Development, a holistic model of human flourishing rooted in the dignity and full potential of the person. The students educated at the Keough School will learn to understand and attend to the cultural, social, ethical, economic, political, and technical dimensions of global development.
Integral Human Development is a positive vision of human flourishing articulated in modern Catholic social teaching and shared by several other religious and humanistic traditions. It centers on the idea that the dignity of the human person is expressed in work and economic activity, but also in cultural and artistic creativity, religious belonging and spiritual practice. Most profoundly, human dignity is expressed in our relationships with, and obligations to, family, community, and all of humanity, around the globe.
In keeping with Notre Dame's mission to place scholarship in service to the common good, the Keough School will focus its research and teaching on the design and implementation of effective and ethically sound responses to poverty, war, disease, oppression, and other threats to human wellbeing around the world. The Keough School also will respond to the clear need for the study of religion and ethics to be featured prominently in the education of global professionals.
By building partnerships among the academy, government, business, and civil society, the Keough School will integrate disciplines and best practices in order to identify solutions responsive to the interconnected nature of global challenges.
Upon graduation, students still use the foundational cross-disciplinary skills, global connections, and global understanding they develop at the Keough School to become leaders in government and non-governmental organizations, academic and policy-making institutions, and other entities worldwide that shape the development of humanity and the planet.
College of Science
The College of Science was established at the university in 1865 by president Father Patrick Dillon. Dillon's scientific courses were six years of work, including higher-level mathematics courses.Today the college, housed in the newly built Jordan Hall of Science, includes over 1,200 undergraduates in six departments of study – biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, pre-professional studies, and applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS) – each awarding Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.According to university statistics, its science pre-professional program has one of the highest acceptance rates to medical school of any university in the United States.Guided by our common human curiosity and Catholic character, the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame undertakes its mission to prepare the scientific leaders of tomorrow, inspiring them to seek greater understanding of the natural world, to translate that knowledge into human improvement, and to share discoveries in ways that make a difference in society.
The Law School
Founded in 1869, the Notre Dame Law School is the oldest Roman Catholic law school in the nation. Embracing equally the wealth of its heritage and a calling to address the needs of the contemporary world, Notre Dame Law School brings together centuries of Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, the historic methods and principles of the common law, and a thorough engagement with the reality of today’s legislative, regulatory, and global legal environment. At Notre Dame Law School, students and faculty of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and commitments are encouraged to cultivate both the life of the mind and the wisdom of the heart, to pursue their studies with a passion for the truth, and to dedicate their professional and personal lives to serve the good of all the human family.