With a progressive vision for research and an unending search for meaning, truth, and original discovery, research, scholarship, and creative endeavor continues to grow and develop as a force for good across the University.

Learn more about how each of Notre Dame’s seven Colleges and Schools, as well as key divisions, contribute to this research vision below.

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    Within the University’s School of Architecture research priorities align with traditional building design, urbanism, environmental design, materials, and information technology, as well as the history, theory, and practice of architecture. The School’s leading-edge research includes using laser scanners to document World Heritage Sites, such as the Taj Mahal and the Roman Forum, the implications of the design of the built environment on mental and physical health, “Katrina Cottages,” and more. Through their research outputs and scholarly endeavor, Notre Dame’s Architecture faculty are combining time-tested techniques with cutting-edge technologies to build a future at once more humane, functional, sustainable, and beautiful. 

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    Arts and Letters

    Spanning 20 departments, the College of Arts and Letters plays an integral role in the University’s mission to serve as the world’s preeminent Catholic research university. Arts and Letters faculty are at the forefront of fields as wide-ranging as development economics, philosophy of religion, quantitative psychology, and sacred music, and the College houses the largest contingent of medievalists in North America. Leading the nation in National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the total number of faculty awarded major national fellowships in the arts, humanities, and social sciences places Notre Dame among the top five private research universities in the United States.


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    At the Mendoza College of Business, faculty are committed to research and scholarship that focuses on business as a force for good. From four departments, including Accountancy, Finance, Management, and Marketing, Mendoza researchers explore real-world issues that shape modern life, from understanding the attributions and impact of ethical leadership, to gender and diversity in the workplace, to new models for addressing climate change and sustainability through impact investing. In addition, the College hosts research conferences, gathering the world’s foremost researchers and practitioners, to discuss trends in ethics, financial markets, accounting standards, and other topics that affect business today and in the future.


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    Within the College of Engineering researchers from five departments are building upon the College’s traditional research strengths while also encouraging the development of new areas of growth. The College of Engineering is driven by innovation yet guided by Notre Dame’s Catholic mission to tackle some of today’s most important and challenging technical issues, including energy conversion and storage, biofuels, civil infrastructure and natural hazards assessment, next-generation wireless communication and networking, robotics, personal identification and security, biomedical imaging, biomaterials, and water and wastewater treatment.


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    Global Affairs

    The Keough School of Global Affairs engages in interdisciplinary research and policy-relevant studies informed by a quest for sustainable solutions to global challenges, a commitment to the common good, and an attentiveness to local needs, aspirations, and values. The Keough School places particular emphasis on the design and implementation of effective and ethically sound responses to poverty, war, disease, political oppression, environmental degradation, and other threats to human dignity and human flourishing. By integrating approaches, methods, and areas of study — and by elevating the study of religion and ethics — the Keough School responds to the interconnected nature of global challenges.


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    Hesburgh Libraries

    The Hesburgh Libraries is a diverse ecosystem featuring the flagship Hesburgh Library (which houses the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, the Medieval Institute Library, the University Archives, and Rare Books & Special Collections) and four specialty libraries located on the Notre Dame campus (Architecture Library, Business Library, Music Library, and the Visual Resources Center). Home to nearly 175 library faculty and staff, the Libraries serve as collaborative partners across the institution at key integration points throughout the research lifecycle. Library expertise, services, resources, and spaces strive to exceed user demands in the rapidly changing landscape and transform how we work together to advance teaching and research, create new knowledge, and contribute to a world in need.


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    IDEA Center

    The IDEA Center is the fundamental resource for all commercialization and entrepreneurial activities at the University of Notre Dame. It provides the necessary space, services and expertise for idea development, commercialization, business formation, prototyping, entrepreneurial education and student entrepreneurial efforts. It is designed to bring the best Notre Dame faculty, staff and student ideas and innovations to market.

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  • Law

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    Researchers in the nation’s oldest Catholic law school are committed to cultivating the life of the mind combined with a passion for truth. Scholars at Notre Dame’s Law School are exploring a range of research topics that spans land, energy, and environmental law through to intellectual property and technology law, as well as criminal law to public law, and more. With a concentration on these particular legal fields and problems, as well as a commitment to professional excellence inspired by enduring values, researchers and scholars in Notre Dame’s Law School are developing a “different kind of lawyer.”


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    Notre Dame Global

    Notre Dame Global is driven by its commitment to expanding and deepening the University’s global footprint.  Strategic global partnerships have facilitated faculty collaborating globally with probing thinkers in government, religion, and academia, as they work together towards shared goals of knowledge and truth. Notre Dame Global operates 12 global locations—in Beijing, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Kylemore, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rome, Santiago, and São Paulo—which act as academic and intellectual hubs where scholars, students, and leaders from universities, government, business, and community gather to discuss, discover, and debate issues of topical and enduring relevance.


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    Researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Science are advancing knowledge, solving real-world problems through collaboration and innovation, and developing the next generation of scientific leaders. In five departments and numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes, Notre Dame researchers are identifying promising ways to fight illnesses, including rare and neglected diseases, participating in international discoveries, such as the Higgs boson, learning more about stellar nuclear processes and exoplanets, addressing the challenges of big data, and advancing research in a host of other areas. These investigations further the University’s mission by expanding understanding and elevating the well-being of individuals and society. 


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