Founded in 2014, the Keough School of Global Affairs was the University’s first new college or school in nearly a century. It was founded to help bring research, policy development, and engagement to bear in pursuing integral human development around the world.

The Keough School recognizes that the problems we face in the world are seldom narrowly confined to one policy area or even one geographic area. Rather, they are complex issues that often involve elements of economic, environmental, and/or civil policy, to name a few. The Keough School seeks to address these issues by training students for ethical professional leadership in government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. This training occurs with the support of nine centers and institutes that focus on holistic study and project development in specific geographic regions and the world at large.

The Keough School currently offers several supplementary majors and minors for undergraduates. It also features a Master of Global Affairs program, which offers the opportunity for scholars to contribute to helping to solve some of the complex issues facing the world while they earn their degree. The school offers a variety of Ph.D. programs through its institutes as well.

The Keough School welcomes engagement with people of all nationalities and religious, secular, and philosophical traditions.


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Keough School Centers and Institutes

  • Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

    The The Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion is dedicated to the study of religion around the world and serves as a center of public deliberation and education through research, teaching, outreach, and interaction with religious communities and the public worldwide.

  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies

    The Kellogg Institute is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and students from across the University and around the world that promotes research, provides educational opportunities, and builds linkages related to two topics critical to our world—democracy and human development.

  • Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

    The Keough–Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is a teaching-and-research institute dedicated to the study and understanding of Irish culture—in Ireland and around the world—in all of its manifestations.

  • Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights

    Grounded in an integrative approach to civil and human rights, the Klau Institute aspires to provide transformative education, innovative research, and meaningful engagement with students and with the broader community.

  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

    The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Kroc Institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and justice.

  • Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

    The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies provides a forum for integrated and multi-disciplinary research and teaching on Asia. It supports innovative projects that actively combine teaching, research, and social engagement, creating a unique model of rounded education on Asia.

  • McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business

    The McKenna Center seeks to better understand the critical role of global business in reducing poverty and inequality.

  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies

    The mission of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies is to enrich the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.

  • Pulte Institute for Global Development

    The Pulte Institute addresses global poverty and inequality through policy, practice, and partnership. It designs, implements, monitors, and evaluates projects and programs that promote human dignity, empowering the world’s poorest and vulnerable populations to flourish.