Politics

Combine the study of the classics of Western political thought with rigorous exploration of American politics and international affairs. 

The twin missions of the Department of Politics are to teach students to examine politics from the perspective of political philosophy and to educate its students for leadership in public affairs. Prepare for a career in law, journalism, business, government, or teaching through a concentrated course of study in political philosophy and contemporary politics. Develop and solidify your capacity for truly independent and rigorous thinking about political, social, and moral questions.

Focus on the great themes and issues of political thought and experience.

"I applied to the Politics program because it is one of the few in which students have the opportunity to thoroughly explore political theory.  I have grown immensely during my time at UD, discovering the philosophic roots of politics and encountering the various ideas that have shaped the world."

-Anna Dean, IPS grad student

The graduate curriculum ranges from the Greek polis through the great Catholic thinkers of the Middle Ages to the politics of contemporary liberal democracies. Master the most rewarding political works of the Western tradition and the American experiment in self-government while considering the great themes and issues of political thought and experience: justice, equality, liberty, morality, religion, and human nature. 

Many of the courses characteristic of the program involve a close reading of the texts of the Great Tradition of discourse on political order.

Complete the program at your own pace.

The program is designed to enable the student to complete its requirements in a year of full-time study if he so desires. Summer school courses are sometimes offered and may be of particular interest to part-time students.

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The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Showcases Rare Books Room

No longer relegated to the damp lower level, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Rare Books Room has for the past two years occupied a prime spot on the second floor, where there used to be study carrels. The room, made of glass walls, is normally locked and only opened by appointment, but on Sept. 26, the library hosted an open house for faculty and staff to come and examine these treasures.

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