There are three types of requirements at Notre Dame: Core Curriculum, college or school, and major or minor. In some cases, one course can be used to satisfy a requirement in each category. For instance, an advanced Spanish literature course could satisfy the Core Liberal Arts 4 requirement, the College of Arts and Letters language requirement, and a Spanish major requirement. In most cases, one course cannot be used to satisfy two requirements in one category. For instance, one course could not be counted towards both the Political Science major and the Constitutional Studies minor.
Your first-year advisor will work with you throughout the year to help you understand these various requirements and how they fit together into an integrated whole.
All students, regardless of major, have to complete the Core Curriculum, which is organized around 11 ways of knowing. The Core is designed to be integrated with other parts of your curriculum, such as majors and minors, and cannot and should not be completed in the first year.
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After the first year, students are enrolled in one of the degree-granting units: the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Letters, the Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering, or the College of Science. The Keough School of Global Affairs does not grant undergraduate degrees. Students who are pursuing the Keough major in Global Affairs must pursue a primary major through another college or school.
The degree-granting colleges and school have their own requirements. For instance, all students pursuing majors in Engineering must take Introduction to Engineering Systems I and II in the first year. Some of these requirements have to be taken during the first year, while others can or should be taken after the first year.
Majors and Minors
Majors and minors also have requirements. Your first year is the ideal time to explore your academic interests and select a major. You should therefore prioritize discerning your primary major over completing Core requirements, most of which do not have to be completed in the first year.
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