The Division of the Humanities comprises twenty-one departments and committees, with approximately 1,000 students from around the world enrolled in our PhD, MFA, and MA programs. Research in the humanities gives us the tools we need to articulate deep truths about ourselves. What does it mean to be a human being? What has it meant historically and what will it come to mean? The students and faculty in our departments dedicate themselves to the thoughtful consideration of humanity’s place in the world. Read more here.
The Hyde Park Institute is an independent research center that promotes the understanding of moral thought, feeling, and action in a fully human life, as these inform interaction among persons and institutions in a free and open society. The Institute seeks to enhance the role of moral philosophy in liberal arts undergraduate education, in graduate education in the humanities and sciences, and in professional education in medicine, law, and business. Read more here.
Established in late 2009, the Institute’s Terms of Reference state that its purpose is “to promote the study of Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, with a particular focus on faith and ethics and their application and integration into the broader life of society”.
The founding of the Jacques Maritain Center in 1957 consolidated the great French Catholic philosopher's association with the University of Notre Dame. The Center hopes to provide an ideal place for scholars working on the North American response to Aeterni Patris as well as to the later papal encyclicals encouraging the study of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Read more here.
The Jubilee Centre is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre foucusing on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing. The Centre promotes a moral concept of character in order to explore the importance of virtue for pubic and professional life. The Centre is a leading informant on policy and practice in ths area and through its extensive range of projects contributes to a renewal of character virtures in both individuals and societies. Read more here.
Founded in 1997 by Catholic Scholars at the University of Chicago, The Lumen Christi Institute brings together thoughtful Catholics and others interested in the Catholic tradition and makes available to them the wisdom of the Catholic spiritual, intellectual, and cultural traditions. Now in its eighteenth year of operation, the Lumen Christi Institute continues to work toward leavening American higher education with future leaders better educated and formed in Catholic faith and thought. Read more here.
The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society creates new communities of inquiry. Through faculty research projects, a global fellows initiative, and exhibitions, the Neubauer Collegium explores novel approaches to complex human questions at the University of Chicago and beyond. Read more here.
The Thomistic Institute promotes research into the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the subsequent Thomistic tradition. The research of the Institute is both historic and systematic, deeply rooted in the classical Catholic tradition while engaging contemporary discourse and thought. It recognizes also the importance of the philosophical heritage of the Common Doctor of the Church as a well-spring that can enrich the study of theology. Read more here.