About

Notre Dame is a distinctive place, a university steeped in tradition, faith, service, and the life of the mind. Historically, its mission has been to prepare students to engage the world as it is and to transform it. The history department thrives on and fosters this distinctive mission. 

With more than 300 undergraduate majors, we are one the largest and most vital departments in the University. We have given generations of students the analytical and conceptual tools to enter medical school, law school, and graduate business school. Our alumni have entered leading graduate programs in history. Our undergraduates have become business consultants, film-makers, Peace Corps workers, traders and brokers, and teachers. We offer a rigorous program of study that allows our students to develop their talents through the study and interpretation of the past. We study humanity's diverse traditions and how they have changed over time to prepare for the challenges of the world today and tomorrow.

Our graduate program is perhaps the most distinguished in a college renowned for its focus on the humanities. With a small incoming class of 10 to 12, we offer an intensive and supportive student experience. We train students in Medieval, Latin American, United States, and European history. We have created clusters of strength in early modern history, Atlantic, global, and religious and intellectual. Our graduate alumni have accepted tenure track positions at places such as Ohio State, the University of Chicago, and Baylor.

With more than 40 faculty members, the history department is one of the preeminent humanities departments in the United States. We are large enough to cover nearly every region of the world and period of time, and we are intimate enough to sustain close contact between faculty and students at all levels. In addition, our faculty have expertise in diverse sub-fields, such as legal and environmental history. In a recent ranking of programs, we finished among the top 20 in the nation. And as the university prospers, we are poised to become even better.

Please contact us if you require additional information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Patrick Griffin
Chair
Department of History