Approved Final Report

November 9, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that earlier this week the Academic Council unanimously approved a new core curriculum for Notre Dame, reflecting a shared vision for Catholic liberal arts education in the 21st century. 

The decennial core curriculum review, which began more than two years ago, was truly a participatory process. We are grateful to the many faculty across the University who contributed to the conversation. We would especially like to thank John McGreevy, professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and Michael Hildreth, professor of physics and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Science, for their leadership as co-chairs of the core curriculum review committee. We would also like to express sincere gratitude to the committee members for their hard work and dedication to this important task. They are:

• Kasey Buckles, Economics
• Peter Holland, Film, Television, and Theatre
• Timothy Matovina, Theology
• Leo McWilliams, Engineering
• Mark Roche, German and Russian Languages and Literatures
• Katherine Spiess, Finance
• John Stamper, Architecture
• Michelle Whaley, Biological Sciences
• Rebecca Wingert, Biological Sciences
• Rev. Hugh Page, Africana Studies and Theology, ex officio
• Rev. Robert Sullivan, History, ex officio

The final report as amended and approved is available here. These are the most significant changes to Notre Dame’s core curriculum since the late 1960s and we know there is a great deal of work yet to do. Provost Burish will soon announce a transition committee that will be charged with moving the implementation process forward. Our goal is for the new core curriculum to be in place for the undergraduates entering Notre Dame in fall 2018.

We welcome your continued engagement as we prepare for these exciting changes.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.                     

Thomas G. Burish