The Department of Music offers intensive professional training in music to students in performance, music history, and theory. Students in the department's programs receive extensive personal attention and close supervision from a faculty that is itself extremely active in the professional musical world. Faculty performers maintain a busy schedule of recitals both on and off campus, and the department's musicologists, theorists, and composers are well known for their publications and compositions.
The Department of Theology represents the heart of the education in faith and reason that the University of Notre Dame strives to give to its students. Guided by the ideal of “faith seeking understanding,” its faculty conduct critical reflection in six areas: moral theology, history of Christianity, liturgy, biblical studies, systematic theology, and world religion and world Church, in service to all students, the larger Church, the academy, and the broader public.
The Department of Anthropology is committed to a multidimensional inquiry into what it is to be human—past and present, nearby and distant. We term this integrative anthropology, and this ethos permeates our research, faculty interactions, graduate education, and undergraduate curriculum. We emphasize a seamless scholarly community that stretches from the most celebrated senior faculty to the youngest undergraduates. Every member of this community can contribute to the growth of knowledge and understanding. Our pursuit of understanding takes an almost limitless variety of forms.
The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre The primary goals of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre are to inspire intellectual inquiry and nurture creativity. We offer both a scholarly and a creative context for the general liberal arts student at Notre Dame as well as those students seeking intensive preparation for advanced study in these fields. The hands-on nature of our curriculum, coupled with a very high degree of student-faculty interaction, provides students with a singular educational opportunity at a university known for its teaching excellence.
The Nanovic Institute of European Studies is committed to enriching the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.
The Medieval Institute promotes research and teaching on the multiple cultures, languages, and religions of the medieval period. Offering both undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, the Institute facilitates the activities of the largest contingent of medievalists at any North American university. Over sixty faculty medievalists, from a dozen different departments, create a vibrant, interdisciplinary, intellectual community that sponsors frequent speakers, conferences, and other events. The outstanding medieval studies library collection attracts researchers from around the world.
Kellogg Institute for International Studies The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies brings the best of interdisciplinary inquiry to bear on research themes relevant to contemporary societies around the world, especially democracy and human development. Drawing faculty fellows from across the University, students, and visiting scholars, the Institute promotes research, provides exceptional educational opportunities for students, and builds linkages to support the University’s strategic goals on internationalization. The Kellogg Institute creates a space where those interested in international affairs can engage—with one another and with issues crucial to human society. Known for its regional focus on Latin America, the Institute has in recent years widened its scope to include Africa, Asia, and beyond. Grounding the Kellogg Institute’s scholarship and teaching is an appreciation for the benefits of democratization, economic and human development, and Catholic social thought.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center contains six performance spaces. Among them is the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall. This chapel-like venue, mainly used for concerts and recitals in organ, a cappella vocal and other baroque ensemble music, is home to a spectacular Paul Fritts organ. Students also have access to an Italian positive organ that is on loan from an anonymous donor. The organ was built ca. 1680 by an unknown maker in the region of Naples, Italy. The DeBartolo Center also contains the ten-story high Leighton Concert Hall, a 900-seat venue that is widely recognized as one of the finest concert halls in the world.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart serves as the mother church of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States. It is in the Basilica that Holy Cross religious profess final vows, that seminarians are ordained priests and where deceased religious are commended to God. Likewise, it is a place of worship and prayer for students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as for regular worshipers, pilgrims and countless visitors.
Rooted in the Catholic tradition and inspired by the charism and spirituality of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the Office of Campus Ministry is committed to cultivating the faith of all Notre Dame students. Through undergraduate, graduate, liturgical, and music ministries, Campus Ministry fosters personal spiritual growth, encourages participation in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church, supports other forms of worship and personal prayer, provides opportunities for pilgrimages, retreats and service, and seeks to enhance and develop lifelong faith formation.