When he got to Notre Dame, Corey Robinson ’17 didn’t know what to major in — because he wanted to major in everything. He met with advisers in more than 20 departments, considering everything from Arts and Letters pre-health to Irish language and literature to aquatic biology. And he still wasn’t sure. That’s when his advising dean suggested the Program of Liberal Studies. Read More
The Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) is a three-year prescribed sequence of seminars and tutorials anchored in the Western and Catholic traditions.
Each semester, students take a Great Books seminar in which they meet twice-weekly to discuss texts that have proven to be of enduring value and that have exercised substantial influence on Western culture and intellectual life. The seminars follow a chronological sequence, beginning sophomore year with ancient Greece and ending senior year with the mid-twentieth century.
Alongside the seminars, students follow a required sequence of 13 tutorials, more topically-oriented lecture-discussion courses in literature, philosophy, science, theology, intellectual and cultural history, political theory, and fine arts.
The entire curriculum is taught by professors committed to the goals of undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Small classes, an emphasis on discussion, and numerous social and intellectual events enable students and faculty form a strong intellectual, spiritual, and social community. The inquiry of the classroom is continued in many informal ways in the halls, lounges, chapels, and faculty offices.
Upon graduation, the student is prepared for a wide range of careers (including fields such as law, medicine, education, business, and academic scholarship), and the variety of paths pursued by Program alumni/ae testifies to the value of a PLS education.
- What PLS Majors do after Graduation
- Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies
- View PLS Requirements and Courses
- Frequently Asked Questions about PLS
- Read Profiles of PLS Students and Alumni
- Alumni Survey Results
- We Called it the Program of Liberal Studies