Established in the fall of 1987, the Hesburgh Program in Public Service offers an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letters designed for undergraduate students interested in public policy or public service. The Hesburgh Program welcomes students from all colleges and major fields of study.
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.
"Through the Hesburgh minor, I have gained a comprehensive understanding of the policymaking process. Taking a diverse set of elective classes has expanded my breadth of knowledge across several policy sectors, and I have been able to gain practical experience applying this expertise through a variety of internships in Washington DC. No other program at Notre Dame has prepared me as much to successfully pursue a career in public policy."
-Stephen Vukovits, Class of 2021