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Academic Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes at Fairfield University extend our academic reach beyond the classroom to the world. They pursue the magis, the more, by advancing research, teaching, and service that transcend traditional academic and disciplinary boundaries. Our Centers and Institutes showcase how rigorous scholarly inquiry can advance human understanding and promote a more just, inclusive, and humane world. They engage pressing societal problems by challenging dominant ways of knowing the world with an eye toward innovation. Fairfield Centers and Institutes pursue these endeavors while exercising radical hospitality, welcoming diverse peoples, ideas, and perspectives as key to the imaginative transformation of society and culture.


Arts Institute

Bennett Center For Judaic Studies

Center For Social Impact

Center for Catholic Studies

Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Center For Academic Excellence

Humanities Institute

Patrick J. Waide Center for Applied Ethics

Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education

Science Institute

Community Engagement

Community engagement is at the heart of Fairfield University’s mission as a modern Jesuit Catholic institution to “develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility.” Our commitment to pursuing academic excellence in the Ignatian tradition invites our students, faculty, and staff to develop an ongoing intellectual and spiritual practice of encounter, reflection, and action.

Community engagement welcomes local and global partners into that practice with the dual purpose of enacting social change and fostering mutual learning.

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