Message from the Dean

Message from the Constantin Dean

Sally Hicks, Ph.D.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Dallas (UD) and in the Constantin College of Liberal Arts.  Cistercian monks, who escaped from Hungary at the time of the Communist takeover, Sisters of Saint Mary Namur, three Franciscan priests and some lay people founded this great Catholic university in 1956 with Constantin College as its first college. This eclectic mix of religious and lay faculty, which continues today, has made UD a vibrant place for teaching, research, and service and for those students looking for something a bit different in their undergraduate studies.

The uniqueness of the undergraduate education comes from Constantin College’s celebrated Core Curriculum, the Rome program, and strong majors that hold students to substantive intellectual achievements at the undergraduate level. Formed from the best of the Western intellectual tradition, this Core Curriculum, which is nourished and protected in Constantin College, embodies in the University’s students the knowledge that the search for wisdom, truth, and virtue should always be present in their lives, both as students and as life-long learners. The Core serves as the timeless part of their education, and the part that best prepares them to be responsible members of their family, community, country, and church. Moreover, this grounding in ethical virtues and wisdom serves as a firm foundation for tomorrow’s leaders—leaders who build on the knowledge of those who came before them; who are ethical and moral; and who have the humility to know they serve a greater good.

Students in Constantin College can choose from 24 different majors in the humanities and sciences on which to focus their undergraduate studies. Concentrations offer students the ability to branch out in a substantive way to other areas of study. Pre-professional programs are available in law, health fields, engineering and architecture. Our Student Success Office and our Office of Personal Career Development will help you as you navigate this challenging curriculum and help you prepare for the next step beyond the University of Dallas whether you want to enter religious life, attend graduate or professional school, or immediately enter a life of service or work.

We proudly say we are the University for Independent Thinkers. I sincerely hope you join us for your undergraduate studies, so that you can learn exactly what that means and share with our alumni, faculty and staff a love of UD and of a life that is devoted to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue.

 Sincerely,

 Sally F. Hicks, Ph.D.

 Interim Dean of Constantin College
 Professor of Physics

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