Paideia Personalized Major

Design your own future

The Paideia Personalized Major program offers exceptional students the opportunity to design their own major within the parameters set forth by the Constantin Dean.  The degree plan will combine selected departmental offerings with independent study under the direction of a personal committee.  Students are admitted into this program on the basis of an excellent academic record and a strong proposal for an interdisciplinary project.  Applicants to to the program should have a grade point average of 3.5 and sophomore standing.  Students may not be admitted to the program later than the first semester of the junior year.  Continuation in the program requires a grade point average of at least 3.3 in any semester.

A Paideia proposal must meet a number of requirements.  First, it must have both a clearly delimited central topic and that comprehensiveness characteristic of liberal education.  Second, the proposal must fall within an area that can be well supervised by the university's faculty.  Third, it must demonstrate that the proposed work cannot be better done within the structure of a departmental major.

Paideia Scholars must, of course, fulfill the university requirements that constitute the core curriculum and the minimum credits for the degree.

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His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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