What Is Integral Human Development?


Integral Human Development, the centerpiece of the Keough School’s mission, is a positive vision of human flourishing articulated in modern Catholic social teaching and shared by several other religious and humanistic traditions. It centers on the idea that the dignity of the human person is expressed in work and economic activity — but also in cultural richness, artistic creativity, religious belonging, and spiritual practice. Most profoundly, human dignity is expressed in our relationships with, and obligations to, family, community, and all of humanity, around the globe.


In keeping with Notre Dame’s mission to place scholarship in service to the common good, the Keough School will focus its research and teaching on the design and implementation of effective and ethically sound responses to poverty, war, disease, oppression, and other threats to human wellbeing around the world.