Founded in 1911 and named in 1981 for Robert H. Dedman, Sr. ’53 and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman ’50, Dedman College is the largest of SMU’s schools, with almost 100 majors and minors, over 30 graduate programs, and 275 faculty. As the cornerstone of the University, Dedman College serves to shape leaders who will effect positive change in Dallas and the world from a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Dedman College combines strengths in the traditional disciplines – History, Economics, Physics – with a profound commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations in areas of immediate need like human rights, the analysis of “big data,” and pharmaceutical innovation.
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Enhancing Undergraduate Education
Supporting a Faculty of Excellence
Providing Real-Word Experience
Dedman College is the heart of SMU. We are home to the humanities and social, natural and mathematical sciences – disciplines that are all at the core of higher education. Nearly half of all declared majors and minors are in Dedman College. We house 16 different departments, over 130 academic programs as well as numerous interdisciplinary centers such as the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies, and the Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery.
With a faculty of more than 275, Dedman College offers:
Dedman College's 16 departments are:
Other programs and initiatives at Dedman College include the University Honors Program, Hilltop Scholars, and the Embrey Human Rights Program. The College also is the home of numerous centers and institutes, as well as endowed lecture series and community outreach, including:
Students also can complete joint degree programs or select minors from other schools on campus, including Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts and Lyle School of Engineering.