Special Interests

Research and study under the umbrellas of the environment, the life sciences and religion are among the most critical academic pursuits in the world today. Several of Notre Dame’s graduate programs offer a disciplinary home for students who wish to study these topics—whether that study is grounded in the sciences, engineering, the arts, humanities, or the social sciences, or questions at the intersection of two or more of these areas. The Special Interest pages listed below are designed to give prospective students an idea of what academic programs have connections to their particular area of interest.

  • Environmental Studies
    Issues related to the environment are among the most important and pressing in the world today. Several of Notre Dame’s graduate programs offer a disciplinary home for students who wish to study environmental topics—whether that study is grounded in the sciences, engineering, ethics, history, philosophy, public policy, theology, or questions at the intersection of two or more of these subjects.
  • Study of Religion
    As the premier university in North America for the academic study of religion, the University of Notre Dame has scores of faculty members across departments whose scholarly work focuses on religion. Their research and teaching encompasses the many facets of religion as well as its connectivity with numerous other fields.
  • Life Sciences
    Some of the most ground-breaking and crucial research being conducted on Notre Dame’s campus occurs in the life sciences. Several of Notre Dame’s graduate programs offer a disciplinary home for students who wish to study some aspect of the life sciences—whether that study is grounded in biology, biochemistry, engineering, psychology, mathematics, or at the intersection of two or more of these subjects.
  • Energy
    The search for solutions to a number of problems throughout the world hinges on the availability of clean, inexpensive energy. A number of fields are impacted by the study of energy, and Notre Dame has proven to be a leader in exploring new forms of energy, from nuclear and solar to wind and fossil fuels. Study also takes place in the areas of energy policy and distribution.