Dean's Welcome

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We are the heart of SMU, and the oldest, largest, and most diverse school on campus. The over 1500 courses offered at Dedman every year provide all SMU students with broad and deep knowledge of our world in its physical, symbolic, quantitative, social, and expressive dimensions. Together with foundations in critical thinking, logic and analytics, written and verbal communication, and ethics and social responsibility, this knowledge provides students with the core competencies they will need to be successful in their careers and in their lives.

There are over 300 full-time, highly dedicated faculty in Dedman College. Internationally recognized experts in their fields, the faculty discover, produce, and disseminate new knowledge, and they collaborate with other experts both locally and around the world on a vast variety of projects. Most important, however, they bring their finely honed expertise into the classroom, where they share with students their knowledge and their passions for their fields. Our small class sizes provide students with easy access to faculty and wonderful opportunities to participate in hands-on research programs. Moreover, a network of successful and highly engaged alumni around the world are prepared to serve as additional sources of knowledge and support for our students as they enter the workforce.

At Dedman College, faculty and students confront real-world problems with both the latest science and the wisdom of the ages; they grapple with the complexities of understanding the world’s economic and political systems; and they tackle the perplexing question of what it means to be human. We welcome you to visit our campus to experience for yourselves the exciting intellectual atmosphere and to meet faculty, students and staff who together work toward creating a powerful learning environment.



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Thomas DiPiero

Elisabeth Martin Armstrong Dean and Professor of World Languages and Literatures and English
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Southern Methodist University