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Academics at the Women's College

In 1899, Notre Dame was the first Catholic college for women to bestow baccalaureate degrees—and we've been leading the way in women's education ever since.

When you enroll here, you become the latest in a long line of Notre Dame women whose academic excellence and drive to transform the world stretches back 120 years. Our graduates use the education they get here as as a lens to magnify their ideas into action—whether that be a research paper, theater performance or inner-city tutoring.

Your studies at Notre Dame can focus on many topics, but arching over all is the position that our University is a center for the study of the liberal arts. That means we encourage our students to investigate a broad number of subjects, including art, history, languages, literature and philosophy.

While you will eventually choose a specific discipline as your major, this initial exposure to a range of topics is essential. It puts your chosen area of study into a broader context and provides skills that afford access to a number of careers.

Areas of Study