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A tradition of thought extending back to Milton, Sidney, and Aristotle holds that literature imparts wisdom.

"After my first visit to UD in the spring of 2005, I came upon my friend and colleague, Alban Forcione, surely one of the five or fewer greatest scholars of Cervantes alive, [and told him] that we had wasted our lives teaching in the Ivy League and that I had found the place at which we could have spent our careers with better effect."

-Robert Hollander
Princeton University Professor of European Literature and French and Italian, Emeritus.

With respect to the kind of wisdom that governs human conduct, poetry promotes a grasp of reality superior to other ways of knowing in its combination of immediacy, lucidity, practicality, sensitivity to refinements, capacity to shape the affections, and adequacy to the whole.

This conviction guides literary study at every level of the curriculum pursued at the University of Dallas. The program in literature provides a course of study in those authors who best exemplify the capacity of imagination to grasp truth. Teachers and students seek to learn what the best of the poets understand of nature and human experience.

In this mutual learning enterprise, students and teachers are related as beginning and advanced students of their common masters, the major imaginative writers.

 

Zach Czaia, B.A. 2009

I've been a high school English teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis for 9 years, and still find myself drawing on the passion and good sense of my UD English professors, especially Dr. Crider, Dr. Waterman Ward, and Dr. Roper, in my own career as an educator.

Meet Zach

Vallery Bergez Hrbacek, B.A., English, 2014

From Junior Poet to Senior Novel, I learned to own my ideas, to communicate them effectively, and to respond professionally to criticism or questions, even in a pressured environment.

Meet Vallery

Patrick Eichholz, BA, 2006

Patrick graduated from the University of Dallas in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Meet Patrick

Joseph Mazza, B.A. English, 2013

Joseph Mazza graduated from UD in 2013 with a B.A. in English. After graduation, he taught at Great Hearts Academies in Arizona for three years before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for his MA in Classical Acting.

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Claire Ballor B.A. English, 2015

Claire Ballor is a breaking news reporter for the Dallas Morning News where she’s covered everything from serial killers and missing persons to the violent ambush on Dallas police in July.

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Nick Wignall, B.A. English, 2011

"It turns out all that stuff about the virtues of a liberal education are pretty true: once you get past the initial hump of learning a new field’s vocabulary, the rest is well-traveled terrain—close reading, asking good questions, writing concisely. After finishing up my masters, I was sure that this psychology thing was it, so I applied to PhD programs and was accepted at UT Southwestern.”

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John Corrales, B.A. English, 2011

John Corrales, class of 2011, is a news assistant for the National Desk at The New York Times.

Meet our Alumni

Mary Watson, B.A. 2009, M.A. 2010

As a senior at UD, Mary was torn between her passions for lyric poetry and for rhetoric and her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Hunter Hammett, B.A. English, 2002

His UD education gave him a grounding in literature, culture, and the study of beautiful particulars.

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Amanda Poulin, B.A. English, 2011

Amanda graduated from the University of Dallas in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a concentration in Political Philosophy.

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