Dominican Liberal Arts Heritage

The Dominican Order, founded by St. Dominic de Guzman in 1216, adopted for its motto "Veritas" or "Truth." From the beginning its members were sent to medieval universities for their education.

Shortly thereafter, Dominicans occupied chairs of learning in all the great European universities. Among them, Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas were recognized as outstanding scholars.

In their study and propagation of the truth, St. Dominic and his followers allowed no area of human affairs to escape scrutiny. Dominicans, besides being great preachers and educators, were noted for their concern for refugees, prisoners and captives. St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother, worked among the poor, outcasts and African slaves of the Americas. Dominicans also cared for the dying, especially the victims of plagues. Saint Thomas Aquinas is universally acclaimed as the patron of teachers and students. St. Catherine of Siena is the universal patroness of nurses. Foreign language schools were established by Dominicans, as Europe experienced an influx of Near- and Far-Eastern students.

Molloy University inherits this Dominican tradition, wherein all students are taught to seek truth, to promote human dignity and to alleviate social ills. Molloy University maintains a strong liberal arts curriculum, providing the foundation for progress in any field and a solid core of learning for personal, intellectual and cultural development. All students must complete credits in philosophy, theology, English, modern or classical languages, mathematics, the natural sciences, fine arts and the social sciences in order to fulfill the curriculum's general education requirements.

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