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.
“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).
When it came time for Ana Henriquez, BA '20 and Class of 2020 valedictorian, to pick a college, she knew she wanted a small, Catholic, liberal arts university that offered both biology and Latin. That sounds like UD in a nutshell, and she thought so too. In the spring of her senior year of high school at The Atonement Academy in San Antonio, as she approached UD's campus for her last visit, she knew she would spend the next four years there and shouted to her mom, "Look, that's my tower! That's my home!"+ Read More
Given his strong UD legacy, Bill Bennett, BS '20, was practically destined to attend the University of Dallas. Stories about UD's Rome Program and rugby were essential aspects of Bennett's childhood given that both of his parents, as well as many extended relatives, are UD alumni. But while UD was in his blood, he ultimately chose UD because he wanted both a liberal arts education and a degree in physics, and he knew UD was the best place to combine the two.+ Read More
It is not uncommon for the University of Dallas (UD) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to get confused, and Adella Klinte, BA '20, was unfortunately subject to that confusion. When she applied to UD, Klinte thought she was applying to UTD. Crazy though it may seem, Klinte thinks it was God's plan all along.+ Read More