Thomas F. X. Noble, PhD

Great Courses Professor Thomas F. X. Noble

Thomas F. X. Noble received his MA in History and Latin and his PhD in Medieval History from Michigan State University. He is presently Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. A popular speaker for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company), Professor Noble is a lecturer on ten different series including the 48 lecture course, The Foundations of Western Civilization. Dr. Noble is the author, coauthor, or editor of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles, chapters, and essays including From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms, and his coauthored textbook, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment, which is in its 5th edition. Professor Noble has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and research grants from the American Philosophical Society. He has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences including in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Scotland. Dr. Noble was the recipient of the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching from Notre Dame, and was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and a David Harrison III Award for outstanding undergraduate advising, both from the University of Virginia.


Traveling on an archaeology tour with Professor Thomas F. X. Noble

‘I’m so glad that Tom is leading the trip to Sicily again. He was a great source of information and it was a pleasure to travel with him. Whoever signs up for this trip will be very pleased.’ – Gail Gitman


‘Very nice! Tom is warm, friendly, sociable and shared his knowledge readily without overdoing it.’ – Sharon Langley

Archaeology Tours Led by Professor Thomas F. X. Noble

  • Rome and Southern Italy TourRome and Southern Italy Tour
    May 21 - 31, 2023 | Thomas F.X. Noble Travel to Rome and explore the largest archaeological park in the world, before traveling south to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum.
  • Sicily Tour: Art & ArchaeologySicily Tour: Art & Archaeology
    September 8 - 22, 2023 | Thomas Noble Join Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips on a 15-day journey around Sicily. Here, monumental evidence of waves of conquering armies covers the landscape. As we circle this lovely isle, view marvels from the past and beauties of the present - Syracuse, Agrigento, Segesta, Cefalù, and Taormina.