The Hesburgh Program in Public Service seeks to prepare Notre Dame students for an active life devoted to the pursuit of effective and just responses to issues in American society. Students in the program become knowledgeable about the processes and institutions formulating policies in the United States, the tools by which policies are analyzed, implemented and evaluated, and the underlying values of American society.

President Emeritus Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., set an example of principled, dedicated public service. To honor Fr. Hesburgh’s commitment to service, the Program educates students about public policy with a special emphasis on values, justice and leadership – a commitment which Hesburgh personified. The Hesburgh Program intends to increase the awareness of the University to the importance of public service and the exercise of leadership roles in society.