Anna Rodriguez

Class of 2007

I was reading one of those ‘How to Choose a College’ books and came across an article about Notre Dame. It mentioned PLS as one of the main attractions of the University. It appealed to me because the major seemed to offer just about everything I wanted to learn about. PLS was one of the main reasons I decided to come to Notre Dame.

But I’ve had an interesting experience of PLS. I actually dropped it after the fall of my sophomore year because I thought it would be too difficult to couple it with a more ‘useful’ major (psychology). I ended up going back, and I haven’t regretted it at all. I don’t know what I would have done if I’d only stuck to psychology. As much as I like psychology, PLS just provides you with such a breadth of information and knowledge. It really teaches you to analyze and think critically about everything. It revolutionizes your brain.  


Seminars I and III have had the greatest impact on me. I had excellent professors for both, and both courses were very challenging for me both academically and emotionally. My favorite books have been Don Quixote de la Mancha and War and Peace. I went to London where they offered Seminar IV and other classes that would substitute the ones I would be taking if I had stayed on campus. If you plan in advance, you can go abroad. If it doesn’t work out, there are many summer programs of which you can take advantage.

Just know that PLS is a major that will challenge you, but it will also make you grow as a person. The classes are small so you get to know everyone in your class, which is really important for the seminar-style classes. It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it. And don’t worry, you will get a job after graduating!