Classes in the Core

A faculty to student ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 16 allow thoughtful, meaningful dialogue between students and professors, challenging you to develop critical thinking skills and push your intellectual capabilities to new heights.

English

Course  Name Description
English 1301 The Literary Tradition I Classical epic poetry at the base of the Western tradition.
English 1302 The Literary Tradition II The great Christian epic poems and the nature of lyric poetry.
English 2311 The Literary Tradition III (typically taken in Rome) Tragedy and comedy from the Greeks up through the English tradition.
English 2312 The Literary Tradition IV The novel as a distinctly modern contribution to the Western Tradition.

History

Course Name Description
History 1311 American Civilization I A study of American history from European settlement and the founding of the nation to the American Civil War.
History 1312 American Civilization II A study of American development into a global power through two World Wars and the Cold War.
History 2301 Western Civilization I (typically taken in Rome) A study of the Western foundations of our civilization in Greece, Rome, early and medieval Christianity, and the Renaissance.
History 2302 Western Civilization II A study of modern European culture through the Reformation, the French Revolution, and twentieth-century Totalitarianism.

Philosophy

Course Name Description
Philosophy 1301 Philosophy and the Ethical Life A philosophical inquiry into the nature of the fully human life.
Philosophy 2323 The Human Person (typically taken in Rome) The nature of the human person as a unity of body and soul.
Philosophy 3311 Philosophy of Being An introduction to metaphysical thought.

Theology

Course Name Description
Theology 1301 Understanding the Bible An introduction to biblical theology through a careful reading of sacred scripture Readings include selections from both the Old and New Testaments.
Theology 2311 The Western Theological Tradition (typically taken in Rome) The history and theology of the Early Christian Church and its subsequent tradition.

Economics

Course Name Description
Economics 1311 Fundamentals of Economics The fundamental concepts of the exchange economy in contrast to other economics systems.

Politics

Course Name Description
Politics 1311 Principles of American Politics The basic principles of the American political order.

Science

A student must take two laboratory science courses, one in the biological sciences, the other in the physical sciences. For non-science majors, "Basic Ideas" courses exist in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, but a variety of other courses in the sciences may also be used to satisfy this requirement.

Mathematics & Fine Arts

One course is required in Fine Arts and one course in Mathematics. Again, there are specific math courses designed for non-science majors, such as "Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry." The Art, Drama, and Music Departments offer courses in the history of their disciplines, which students can take to satisfy the fine art requirement. "The Art & Architecture of Rome," which is taken on the Rome Campus, satisfies the Fine Arts requirement.

Foreign Language

Knowledge of a foreign language to an intermediate level is also required of all students. Depending on the background of each student, this requirement may be met by taking from one to four courses in a classical or modern language. At present the languages that may be used to meet this requirement are Ancient Greek, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

News

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July 1 marked an era of new beginnings at the University of Dallas as Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, stepped into the limelight as the university’s ninth and first alumnus president. And his early morning arrival on UD’s Irving campus denoted a full-circle homecoming for the former Holy Trinity seminarian.

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Alumna, Family Endow Chemistry Scholarship, Honor Retired Provost

On July 9, President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, along with Alex and Martha Galbraith, parents of alumna Alison Galbraith, BA '12, signed the C.W. Eaker Scholarship Fund for Chemistry/Biochemistry at UD. The endowed scholarship is the first to be received by Hibbs since his presidency began on July 1; it honors longtime and much-loved chemistry professor C.W. Eaker, Ph.D., who served UD with distinction for over 40 years, first as a faculty member, then as dean of Constantin College and finally as provost of the university.

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