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

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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