About the Schools
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Dedman College was named in 1981 for the late Robert H. Dedman Sr. and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman, SMU alumni whose gift endowed the College and enables SMU to remain committed to its legacy as a liberal arts university.
In addition to being the oldest academic unit at SMU, Dedman College also is the largest. In 2012, more than 1,800 undergraduate students majored in Dedman College programs, and the school enrolled nearly 400 graduate students. Students in Dedman College have the advantage of exploring 38 undergraduate majors, 58 minors, 19 master’s degree programs and 13 doctoral degrees across 16 academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, statistics and interdisciplinary studies.
Lyle School of Engineering
The Lyle School is changing the way people think about engineers. Through innovation and hands-on experiences, it is attracting a diverse mix of talented students interested in making a difference in the world through engineering. With its bold vision and assertive implementation, the Lyle School continues to grow both its undergraduate and graduate student populations from a broad spectrum of extraordinarily talented students across the nation. In addition, the Lyle School has one of the highest percentages of female engineering students in the United States, and maintains a commitment to be the first engineering school to reach gender parity in its student population.
Faculty members in the Lyle School are recognized internationally for their remarkable contributions to engineering and society.
The Lyle School’s strategic plan is inspired by a vision to be one of the most influential educational and research centers for engineering and technology on the globe—one whose work will define the new American engineer as a technology leader and a world changer.
In addition to providing the highest quality traditional engineering education, the Lyle School emphasizes the study of technology, leadership, engineering management and entrepreneurship in basic engineering areas while providing exposure to the new areas of e-technology, information engineering and knowledge engineering.
This educational process prepares graduates to be highly valued engineers with the appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge to rapidly assume important management and leadership positions and to become technical entrepreneurs in a globally competitive world, or to attend graduate and professional schools.
Meadows School of the Arts
The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established in 1969 at SMU, has achieved prominence as one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School of the Arts offers instruction in advertising, art, art history, arts entrepreneurship and arts management, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theater. The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It also is committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts.