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The University of Notre Dame has received a gift from alumnus Charles Sheedy and his wife, Ellen, that will endow a new liberal arts business program. The university says the Sheedy Family Program in Economy, Enterprise and Society will offer specialized coursework and resources for undergraduate students interested in the practice of business through the liberal arts.

Notre Dame says the program will be open to college of arts and letters students with a minor in business economics or a Mendoza College of Business minor.

“The Sheedy name is legendary at Notre Dame and, particularly, in the College of Arts and Letters, making this generous gift from Charles and Ellen especially fitting,” Notre Dame President John Jenkins said. “We are grateful beyond measure to the Sheedy family for endowing this distinctive new program.”

The program will include classes including business in context, ethics in work, as well as an upper-level, specialized business and liberal arts course. Additionally, Notre Dame says the program also will offer research and writing boot camps and retreats, community dinners and dialogue events, and lectures from Notre Dame faculty, visiting faculty and industry professionals.

“Ellen and I are delighted to be involved in the formation of the Sheedy Program for Economy, Enterprise and Society in the College of Arts and Letters,” said Sheedy. “We are deeply grateful to Dean Mustillo, her predecessors and the countless others who helped bring our vision to life at Notre Dame. The University’s launch of this program corresponds with my long-held desire for an initiative that would help arts and letters students become even more prepared to take on the challenges of an ever-changing social and industrial complex.”

The program is expected to admit up to 40 students each year. You can connect to more information about the program by clicking here.