Departments & Research Partners

Intellectual Strength and Support

Notre Dame is well known as an intellectual center for the study of the ancient world, religion and literature, medieval life and culture, Irish literature and culture, the Renaissance, and modernism.


Institutes & Centers

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)


The CSLC is an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to the advancement of language learning and cultural understanding at the University of Notre Dame. The CSLC offers a broad array of programs, technologies and assessment systems to advance language acquisition and cultural learning on campus.


Gender Studies


Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that analyzes the significance of gender-and the cognate subjects of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class-in all areas of human life around the globe.


Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts (ISLA)

isla_logoISLA provides funding and services to graduate students in the College of Arts and Letters to enhance their development as scholars, researchers, and future faculty.


Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies


"The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies aims to advance investigation in comparative international studies. Each year, the Institute brings to campus about 15 residential Visiting Fellows from the United States and abroad. The Institute also comprises more than 60 Kellogg Fellows, all of whom are Notre Dame faculty members, coming from 16 departments, and it awards individual support to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates for international research or internships. Through program activities, the Kellogg Institute fosters interdisciplinary research on contemporary political, economic, social, and religious issues.


Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies


The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary project devoted to teaching and research in Irish culture in all its internal and external relations. Established in 1993 under the intellectual leadership of Professor Seamus Deane, the Keough-Naughton Institute’s faculty now includes leaders in Literature, History, Film, Television and Theater and it is regularly supplemented by visiting professors, some of whom come to Notre Dame as Naughton Fellows in a reciprocal arrangement with Irish universities. Its aim is to extend the range of the Institute to include or enrich other areas — musicology, sociology, law, politics and government among them — and to create at Notre Dame not only a centre of excellence in Irish Studies but a paradigm program of university education for the contemporary era.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies


The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace. The Institute's research agenda focuses on the religious and ethnic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; the ethics of the use of force; and the peacemaking role of international norms, policies and institutions, including a focus on economic sanctions and enforcement of human rights. In addition to individual research by faculty in a wide range of disciplines, the Institute organizes collaborative research projects on these themes.


The Institute for Latino Studies


The Institute for Latino Studies, in keeping with the distinctive mission, values, and traditions of the University of Notre Dame, promotes understanding and appreciation of the social, cultural, and religious life of U.S. Latinos through advancing research, expanding knowledge, and strengthening community.


Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies promotes the awareness, understanding and knowledge of Asia both within and beyond the University community and provides a forum for integrated and interdisciplinary research and teaching on Asia. The Liu Institute's primary regions of focus are East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.


Medieval Institute

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The Medieval Institute, founded in 1946, coordinates the teaching and research of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American University. Faculty and students explore together the cultures and experiences of the Arab, Jewish, Latin, and Orthodox medieval worlds. The Institute sponsors lectures, conferences, and publications.


Nanovic Institute for European Studies


The Nanovic Institute is dedicated to broadening the learning experience at Notre Dame by supporting teaching and research in contemporary European affairs. Through grants and programs, symposia, and special events, the Institute provides an interdisciplinary home for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, identities, institutions, and beliefs that shape Europe today.


Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies


The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) supports research that is directed toward, or extends inquiry to include, ultimate questions and questions of value, especially as they engage the Catholic intellectual tradition.



The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies


Supports rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection, as well as teaching and research about Dante across the Arts & Letters curriculum, in particular in the Medieval and Italian Studies areas, through the sponsorship of conferences, fellowships, lecture series, seminars, and visiting professorships. The Devers Program also funds an annual program of research and travel grants for faculty and students