Study Program of Liberal Studies. Do Anything.

What can I do with a Program of Liberal Studies major?

Our recent graduates have gotten great jobs in technology, consulting, and government, while many also pursue graduate school in the humanities or sciences. A significant percentage also pursue full-time service work for a year or more, seeking to make a difference in the world by helping others.


Martha Color
“In truth there was no other program for me at this university but [PLS], because no other major could match my insatiable curiosity to learn something about everything—philosophy, theology, science, drama, poetry, music, etc.—and to learn a lot about some of the most important things.”

Martha Jiménez is Executive Vice President and Counsel for The California Endowment


Skills you'll learn

  • Ability to articulate complex thoughts and theories
  • Effective oral communication
  • Strong writing
  • Team Work
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Ability to apply knowledge to real-world settings
  • Ethical judgment and decision making
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems with people from different backgrounds

95% of recent Notre Dame Program of Liberal Studies majors found full-time employment, enrolled in graduate school, entered service programs, joined the military, or launched independent projects within six months of graduation.

46% find full-time jobs

  • Analyst, Huron Consulting Group
  • Associate, Boston Consulting Group
  • Associate consultant, Bain & Company
  • Business analyst, Target
  • Campaign organizer, Impact
  • Community coordinator, Partners in Health
  • Consultant, H.W. Anderson
  • English teacher, YES Prep Public Schools
  • Health care analyst, Huron Consulting Group
  • Interior designer, Konstant Architecture
  • Leadership development associate, Advantage Solutions Group
  • Legislative correspondent, U.S. Senate
  • Library technician, Library of Congress
  • Marketing coordinator, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Marketing consultant, JElena Group
  • Paralegal, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Private banking analyst, JP Morgan
  • Publicity assistant, Penguin Books
  • Research analyst, Ipsos
  • Quality assurance analyst, Epic Systems
  • Special projects coordinator, Latham & Watkins
  • Sustainability intern, Coca Cola
  • Technology consultant, GWC Technology Solutions
  • Web producer, Hachette Book Group

22% go to graduate or professional school

  • Anthropology: University of Illinois
  • Arts administration: Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • Classics: Georgetown University
  • Education: Harvard University
  • English: Boston College, Duke University, University of Virginia
  • German philosophy: Freie Universitat, Berlin
  • Medicine: Emory University, New York University
  • Law: Columbia University, Cornell University, Temple University, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Villanova University
  • Religion: Yale University
  • Statistics/computer science: Purdue University

20% enter service programs

  • Alliance for Catholic Education, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Camp Hill, Ireland
  • City Year, Chicago
  • College Possible, Portland, Oregon
  • ECHO, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Farm of the Child, Honduras
  • The Haitian Project, Haiti
  • Jesuit Alumni Service Corps, Spokane, Washington
  • Operation Teach, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Peace Corps, Tanzania
  • Teach for America, New York City

1% join the miliary

6% launch independent projects

Note: Outcomes data comes from First Destination reports, a survey of recent graduates conducted by the Notre Dame Center for Career Development and Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research. Status is known for more than 90% of each graduating class. 

Independent projects include activities such as writing a novel, making a film or fine arts project, traveling the world, caring for a family member, etc.

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