Sample Schedule

Students walking into O'Shaughnessy Hall in the fall.

Though all of the classes in PLS are required and are typically taken in a prescribed sequence, there are nearly as many paths through PLS as there are students. This is because many students have interests beyond PLS that require careful and creative planning. But with a little forethought and flexibility, PLS can be paired with just about any major in any college at Notre Dame. Many PLS students also study abroad, and all find time to take advantage of the range of extracurricular opportunities available at Notre Dame.

While all of the Tutorials are required, on rare occasions students can receive exemptions or make substitutions. These may be allowed if the student is completing a full second major in one of the disciplines treated by a Tutorial sequence or if a student takes an equivalent course abroad. The decision to permit exemptions or substitutions is made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Below are two of the most common basic schedules that students pursue in PLS. The first begins in the first year for those who come to Notre Dame with an interest in PLS. The second begins in the sophomore year, which has been traditionally when students begin the Program, and tends to be followed by those who discover PLS after they get to Notre Dame. The first schedule shows a student studying abroad, but it is also still possible to study abroad if you begin the Program in the sophomore year.

If you have questions or concerns about your PLS schedule, the best thing to do is to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Eric Bugyis (ebugyis@nd.edu), who will meet with you to design a personalized course plan.

Sample Schedule 1: First Year PLS Intent

PLS fulfills all of the University and College Core requirements except for Quantitative Reasoning, Science and Technology, Writing and Rhetoric, and Foreign Language. So, the first year should be focused on completing these requirements as well as exploring other areas of interest.

First Year

Fall

  • PLS 13186 Literature University Seminar
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

Spring

  • PLS 20302 The Bible and Its Interpretation
  • Science and Technology
  • Quantitative Reasoning/Science and Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall

  • PLS 23102 Great Books Seminar II
  • PLS 20201 Literature I: The Lyric Poem
  • PLS 20301 Philosophical Inquiry
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

Spring

  • PLS 33101 Great Books Seminar III
  • PLS 20412 Fundamental Concepts of Natural Science
  • PLS 30302 Political and Social Theory
  • PLS 30202 Literature II: Shakespeare and Milton
  • Foreign Language

Juinor Year

Fall

  • PLS 33102 Great Books Seminar IV
  • PLS 30301 Ethics
  • PLS 30411 Scientific Inquiry: Theories and Practices
  • PLS 30501 Music and Culture
  • Elective

Spring Abroad

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Senior Year

Fall

  • PLS 43101 Great Books Seminar V
  • PLS 40301 Christian Theological Traditions
  • PLS 40601 Intellectual and Cultural History
  • PLS 48701 Thesis Tutorial
  • Elective

Spring

  • PLS 43102 Great Books Seminar VI
  • PLS 40302 Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • PLS 40412 Science, Society, and the Human Person
  • PLS 48702 Thesis Tutorial
  • Elective

 

Sample Schedule 2: Sophomore PLS Major

PLS fulfills all of the University and College Core requirements except for Quantitative Reasoning, Science and Technology, Writing and Rhetoric, and Foreign Language. So, the first year should be focused on completing these requirements as well as exploring other areas of interest.

First Year

Fall

  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring

  • Science and Technology
  • Quantitative Reasoning/Science and Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective
  • Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall

  • PLS 23101 Great Books Seminar I
  • PLS 20201 Literature I: The Lyric Poem
  • PLS 20301 Philosophical Inquiry
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

Spring

  • PLS 23102 Great Books Seminar II
  • PLS 20302 The Bible and Its Interpretation
  • PLS 20412 Fundamental Concepts of Natural Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

Juinor Year

Fall

  • PLS 33101 Great Books Seminar III
  • PLS 30301 Ethics
  • PLS 30411 Scientific Inquiry: Theories and Practices
  • PLS 30501 Music and Culture
  • Elective

Spring Abroad

  • PLS 33102 Great Books Seminar IV
  • PLS 30202 Literature II: Shakespeare and Milton
  • PLS 30302 Political and Social Theory
  • Elective
  • Elective

Senior Year

Fall

  • PLS 43101 Great Books Seminar V
  • PLS 40301 Christian Theological Traditions
  • PLS 40601 Intellectual and Cultural History
  • PLS 48701 Thesis Tutorial
  • Elective

Spring

  • PLS 43102 Great Books Seminar VI
  • PLS 40302 Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • PLS 40412 Science, Society, and the Human Person
  • PLS 48702 Thesis Tutorial
  • Elective