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Classics, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

Overview

Western Civilization's approach to education for 2500 years has been "classical" in the extended sense, in that it has been based on the study of works of the first rank, those reflections of the greatest minds that have had the most effect on the way humans have lived their lives. Until recently it has also been "classical" in the limited sense, in that it has given particular emphasis to the principal works of Greek and Latin authors, those that have been most formative in shaping the reflections of their successors, whether poets or theologians, philosophers or statesmen.

"Classical" in the extended sense describes the University's core curriculum; "classical" in the limited sense describes the curriculum of the Classics Department. We look on Classics as still having its traditional role at the heart of a university education, and in this view we are supported by the core curriculum of the University of Dallas, which puts great emphasis on classical authors, and by many departments in the university which encourage their own students to learn classical languages or which join with us in offering double majors in Classics and, for example, English or Politics or Philosophy.

Why come to the University of Dallas to study Classics?

The function of a classical education has always been threefold: first, to engage the mind in the investigation of revolutionary ideas; second, to train the tongue to speak with power and articulation; third, to fire the imagination with examples of conduct that will guide us in our confrontation with life. The classical authors are sometimes mistakenly supposed to be out of date, but they posed to themselves the problems of the human condition in terms that have not changed, and they found solutions with which we still live, though often unawares.

These solutions were radical at the time that they were devised and they remain so, for every generation that recognizes them must begin again by going back to the roots of things.  There, the ideas live with the freshness of the first shoots of spring.  For each age they blossom forth in language that has repeatedly enchanted the western world, supplying it with paradigms for imitation as well as instruments for analysis.  We not only aspire to speak like the ancients, but also to understand our own use of speech, by depending on their grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  When we act, we do so within an ethical framework that was given its theoretical form by classical philosophers and its practical substance and color by classical poets and statesmen.

Because of its attention to thought and word and deed, classical education has been held up as a model for western civilization, and its utility is no less now than it has ever been.  Students who major in Classics, therefore, may apply their training in all the ways that their predecessors have - specifically to work, such as a professional career in law, medicine, public service, the clergy, or teaching, and more generally to life as a whole, since it is this whole to which education will always look in the end.

Besides learning to read the great works of classical antiquity, students of Classics also gain direct access to the Christian tradition, since it was primarily in Greek and Latin that Christian spirituality initially took literary shape, flourished thereafter in the great theologians and poets, and continues to illuminate our lives today.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Elementary Greek
  • Elementary Latin
  • Literary Traditions
  • Philosophy and the Ethical Life
  • Principles of American Politics
  • Understanding the Bible

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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General Requirements

  • The online Common Application, including the essay.
  • Counselor recommendation (via the Common Application).
  • University of Dallas Member Questions (via the Common Application).
  • Official transcripts (with certified English translations), showing all secondary and post-secondary courses and grades. 
  • Submit national examination results and/or official notification of successful school completion.
  • Send your official results of the TOEFL or IELTS for students from a non-English speaking country and/or your official ACT and/or SAT score reports for students from English speaking countries.
  • Submit your $50 application fee or an official fee waiver form.
  • Submit a copy of your passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dallas

  • 1140 - 1930 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Eligible high school seniors and transfer students may apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000 per year to full tuition. Incoming freshmen can use our scholarship calculator to estimate the academic achievement award for which they may be eligible. Please note that scholarships apply toward tuition charges only, unless otherwise specified.

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