Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters

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College of Arts and Letters
College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame coat of arms.svg
Parent institution
University of Notre Dame
DeanSarah Mustillo
United States

The College of Arts and Letters is the oldest and largest college within the University of Notre Dame. The Dean of the College of Arts and Letters is Sarah Mustillo, Ph.D.


The College of Arts and Letters is the oldest in the University, and it was founded in 1842 with the University itself.


The Humanities

O'Shaughnessy Hall, the home of the College of Arts and Letters

The Arts

The Social Sciences

Medieval Institute[edit]

The College of Arts and Letters is affiliated with the Notre Dame Medieval Institute, that is regarded among the best center for Medieval Studies.[1] It is ranked number #6 by U.S. News & World Report.[2] The institute was formally founded in 1946, but it was created on a pre-existing program of medieval studies that dated back to the 1930s. [3][4]

Its rare book collection contains holds microfilms and photographic copies of nearly all of the Latin and vernacular materials and many of those in Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic housed in the great Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan.[5] This collection was conceived in 1960, when the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Giovanni Montini (future Pope Paul VI) visited campus for an honorary degree. Starting in 1962, the library acquired microfilm of over 35,000 manuscripts.[6]

Additionally, the Institute's collection also features the Astrik L. Gabriel Universities Collection, which collects book, journals, and other sources on the histories of Universities worldwide.[7]


  • 1919–1923 Joseph Leonard Carrico, C.S.C.
  • 1923–1935 Charles C. Miltner, C.S.C
  • 1935–1936 T. Bowyer Campbell
  • 1936–1940 Charles C. Miltner, C.S.C.
  • 1940–1943 Francis J. Boland, C.S.C.
  • 1943–1951 Rev. Francis P. Cavanaugh, C.S.C.
  • 1951–1969 Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C.
  • 1969–1975 Frederick J. Crosson
  • 1975–1981 Isabel Charles, O.P.
  • 1981–1983 Robert E. Burns
  • 1983–1991 Michael J. Loux
  • 1991–1997 Harold Attridge
  • 1997–2008 Mark W. Roche
  • 2008–2018 John McGreevy
  • 2018-present Sarah Mustillo


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Coordinates: 41°42′01.1″N 86°14′08.7″W / 41.700306°N 86.235750°W / 41.700306; -86.235750