About Dedman College

Dedman College Quick Facts

Almost half of SMU’s undergraduates choose majors or minors in Dedman College, the oldest, largest, and most diverse academic unit at SMU. Undergraduate students in Dedman College may major in more than 30 baccalaureate degree programs and minor in more than 50 areas through 16 departments, as well as numerous interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs.

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Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Leadership

Thomas DiPiero, Ph.D., Cornell University

Contact Information

Physical location:
3225 University Blvd.
2nd Floor, West Wing;Dallas Hall
Dallas, TX 75205

Phone: 214-768-2440
E-mail: DedmanDean@smu.edu
Fax: 214-768-4129

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 750235
Dallas, TX 75275-0235

Fast Facts

  • Over 90 majors and minors, including innovative academic programs like Environmental Studies, Markets & Culture and Human Rights 
  • 31 graduate programs, with 17 leading to a master’s degree and 14 to a Ph.D. degree
  • 16 academic departments
  • Over 300 faculty members
  • More than 885 B.A. and B.S. degrees were awarded by Dedman College in the 2012-2013 academic year
  • 41% of the 102 President’s Scholars have at least one major in Dedman College
  • 30 endowed faculty positions

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Academic Departments (Number of Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty)

  • Anthropology (15)
  • Biological Sciences (11)
  • Chemistry (13)
  • Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences (13)
  • Economics (17)
  • English (23)
  • William P. Clements Department of History (22)
  • Mathematics (17)
  • Philosophy (10)
  • Physics (10)
  • Political Science (15)
  • Psychology (15)
  • Religious Studies (10)
  • Sociology (4)
  • Statistical Science (10)
  • World Languages & Literature (15)

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Most Popular Majors

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Markets and Cultures

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Noteworthy Programs

  • University Honors Program: This is an intellectual community for SMU’s most talented undergraduates.
  • The Tower Center Forum in the John Tower Center for Political Studies: The Forum enables members to help advance the pursuit of global solutions to the important issues facing the world and to have access to leading voices shaping public policy today via monthly lectures, conferences, and dinners.
  • Discernment and Discourse: These courses prepare students to read, write and think competently, analytically and critically at the college level.
  • English as a Second Language: Created in 1998 within the Office of General Education, the English as a Second Language program offers University-wide academic support for students whose primary language is not English.
  • Hilltop Scholars: The Hilltop Scholars Program is a unique living and learning community that provides a supportive academic and residential environment for SMU students who have demonstrated high academic ability and leadership qualities.
  • Embrey Human Rights Program: This program educates and trains future generations of human rights advocates and responsible citizens of the world.
  • Dedman College Scholars: These scholars have received merit-based scholarships for students pursuing a Dedman College major.

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Institutes and Centers

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Sponsored Research

In 2011-2012, Dedman College faculty generated 91 awards for $10.6 million, nearly half of the $22.4 million in external funding provided for SMU research and sponsored projects. Dedman College researchers were awarded approximately $8 million in sponsored research in AY12-13, as of March 31. Earth Sciences was awarded over $2 million, and Psychology and Physics were awarded over $1.4 million each. Thirty-two Dedman College faculty were PIs and 13 were co-PIs on 61 sponsored research awards as of March 31, 2013.

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As the largest and most diverse college on campus, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences has a strong alumni network of nearly 10,000 in Dallas County and 36,000 worldwide.

Dallas County Alumni Total Undergraduate Total: 7,803
Graduate Total: 2,104
Grand Total Dallas County Alumni: 9,907
Grand Total Dallas County Alumni: 9,907

Worldwide Alumni Total
Undergraduate Total: 29,621
Graduate Total: 6,344
Grand Total All Alumni: 35,965

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Notable Alumni

  • William P. Clements, former Texas Governor and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Honorary degree 1974
  • James Cronin, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, 1951
  • Larry R. Faulkner, former President of the University of Texas, 1966
  • Ray Hunt, Chair and CEO, Hunt Oil Company, 1965
  • Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, 1977
  • Roy M. Huffington, former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, 1938
  • Jeanne L. Phillips, former U.S. Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1976

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