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.


Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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Transfer Students (Re)discover Home at UD

Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA ’18, and Rebecca Luna, BA ’19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Though their paths diverged briefly following high school, their friendship is now reunited on our university’s Irving campus.

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