Pastoral Ministry B.A.

Scripturally and historically grounded, philosophically astute, rooted in pastoral practice and faithful to Catholic teaching.

Undergraduates desiring a future in professional ministry can pursue an undergraduate major in pastoral ministry through the University of Dallas’  Neuhoff School of Ministry. Combining a classical education in the great works of Western civilization with contemporary scholarship, the university seeks to educate its students so they may develop the intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work in a problematic and changing world and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country and church. 

Collaborate with Ministry Leaders

Benefit from partnerships with area parishes, dioceses and organizations in a year-long internship program, culminating in a capstone project.

Focus Areas

Select a focus area in either Catechetical Ministry or Youth and Young Adult Ministry to sharpen the development of practical experience and pastoral skills.

Study abroad in Rome

Immerse yourself in the geographical heart of the Catholic church through our outstanding study abroad program.

Professional Portfolio

Showcase your ministerial knowledge and skills in a professional portfolio.

The Pastoral Ministry Undergraduate Major 

“The School of Ministry pastoral ministry program has helped me develop my own unique ministerial identity through recognizing and capitalizing on my strengths, challenging and improving my weaknesses, and supporting my passion for serving the Church.”

- Colleen Campbell, BA ‘15

The pastoral ministry major combines a deep engagement with the broad educational vision of liberal education with a passionate commitment to hands-on service of Christ and his church. Its curriculum blends immersion in the great ideas and stories, pivotal thinkers and seminal images of Western culture with the best of contemporary Catholic thinking and practice regarding pastoral ministry.

Pastoral ministry majors enjoy the life-changing dialogue with art, literature, philosophy, politics, science and history fostered by UD’s demanding Core curriculum. At the same time, they interact with skilled and dedicated ministry professionals, study contemporary documents regarding specific ministries, and identify and sharpen skills for service through practical application. Students select a focus area in either catechetical ministry or youth and young adult ministry as they learn to effectively integrate the personal, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral dimensions of faith and life so as to respond fully to the Lord’s missionary mandate, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt. 28:19).

News

University Welcomes Leading Catholic Intellectual to Campus

On Friday, Sept. 13, the university community welcomed George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the father of two UD alumnae. Celebrated for his two-volume biography of St. John Paul II and many other intellectual contributions, Weigel presented an exploration of the current Catholic situation in light of a new interpretation of the past 250 years of the church's interaction with social, cultural, economic and political modernity.

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Recent DBA Alumnus Begins Tenure-Track Position at UNI

Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.

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Longtime Campus Safety Officer Sworn In to UDPD

Carlos Tijerina came to UD as a Campus Safety officer 23 years ago. He has loved the camaraderie of the CSO, but it has always been his dream to become a police officer. Then, a little over a year ago, UD finally got a police department. On Sept. 10, Tijerina was sworn in by President Thomas Hibbs as an official part of the UDPD team.

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