The University of Dallas (UD) has long supported ACTC because UD has one of the oldest and most robust remaining core curricula in the United States. Rather than deliver the core in core courses that mix subjects, UD’s undergraduate core is unusual for delivering it through departments. Roughly half of all undergraduate student course work (roughly 57 credit hours or 19 courses) is in the core. This curriculum was established under the direction of Louise and Donald Cowan in the 1960s. Eventually, Louise Cowan together with Willmoore Kendall established a program that would become the Institute of Philosophic Studies, the only PhD program (specifically in English literature, Philosophy, and Politics) perhaps in the world to have a required core curriculum.   

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