Study the great works in the tradition of Western thought.
Cultivate your knowledge of the great works in the tradition of Western thought through
the humanities graduate program. A wide range of graduate courses are offered by various
departments of the University with the intention of giving you the opportunity to
pursue your interests in different fields without committing to earning a degree in
any one field alone, and to encourage the careful reading of a limited number of primary
Design your own personalized curriculum.
The humanities graduate program is flexible and encourages careful reading. Design
your own personalized curriculum around a core of three special courses devoted to
the reading of seminal works of western thought. To this core, add courses according
to your interests, either in one or two concentrations, or in one or two historical
periods for a deep and broad educational foundation.
Several courses can be completed online.
Over the past fifty years, the faculty of the University of Dallas have inspired generations
of teachers through their passion and profound knowledge of the classical tradition.
With rigorous liberal arts programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels,
UD’s faculty are among the most accomplished and experienced classical educators in the country.
In addition to offering concentrations in a variety of liberal arts disciplines, the
Braniff Graduate School offers a Concentration in Classical Education and a Certificate of Classical Learning for current or prospective teachers, for those seeking to become headmasters, and for those who desire to pursue advanced graduate
studies while expanding their teaching skills.
To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.
This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."
No longer relegated to the damp lower level, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Rare Books Room has for the past two years occupied a prime spot on the second floor, where there used to be study carrels. The room, made of glass walls, is normally locked and only opened by appointment, but on Sept. 26, the library hosted an open house for faculty and staff to come and examine these treasures.