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The Baylor College of Arts & Sciences At a Glance

The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University's oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 26 academic departments and 13 academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College provide the largest portion of Baylor's nationally recognized core curriculum, the foundation upon which every student's educational experience is built.

Arts & Sciences faculty conduct important research around the world. In pursuing new knowledge, faculty members create a community of learning that encourages their students to join them in the discovery and application of that knowledge. Because many valuable learning opportunities can take place outside the classroom, Arts & Sciences students are also offered numerous chances to pursue hands-on internships, national and international scholarships and study abroad.

The College of Arts & Sciences is under the experienced leadership of its dean, Dr. Lee C. Nordt, and two divisional deans -- Dr. Robyn L. Driskell, divisional dean for humanities and social sciences, and Dr. Kenneth T. Wilkins, divisional dean for sciences.

Enrollment, 2012-13 academic year

  • The College of Arts & Sciences had 6,638 undergraduate and 689 graduate students enrolled in fall 2012 almost half of Baylor's record total enrollment of 15,364.
  • The Arts & Sciences student body is diverse, coming to Baylor from all 50 states and 66 countries and with an undergraduate minority enrollment of 39 percent.


  • More than half of Baylor's 942 full-time faculty members are from the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Arts & Sciences faculty and students are spread among 26 academic departments offering 48 different baccalaureate degree programs, as well as 35 master's and 19 doctoral programs.
  • Most Baylor students must take courses offered by the College as part of their degree programs, and a large percentage of students go on to earn Arts & Sciences degrees.
  • During the 2011-2012 Baylor academic year, 53 percent of undergraduate degrees and 31 percent of graduate and professional degrees were from College of Arts & Sciences programs, representing 44 percent of all Baylor degrees.
  • During 2011-2012, more than 93 percent of Ph.D. degrees awarded at Baylor were from programs in Arts & Sciences.
  • Our faculty are affiliated with a number of special academic institutes and centers at Baylor, including 13 institutes and centers within the College of Arts & Sciences itself.

Academic departments

  • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Communication
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Geology
  • History
  • Journalism, Public Relations and New Media
  • Mathematics
  • Military Science (Army ROTC)
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Museum Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Statistical Science
  • Theatre Arts

Some of the ways we shine

  • Several programs within the College of Arts & Sciences are among those nationally ranked in the 2013 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" by U.S.News & World Report, including the speech-language pathology program and doctoral programs in clinical psychology, biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, statistics, sociology, psychology and English.
  • Baylor has had 35 Fulbright Scholars since 1993, most of those coming from the College of Arts & Sciences. Students from Arts & Sciences have won other prestigious awards in recent years as well, including Truman, Goldwater, Gilman and Rotary Scholarships and National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.
  • During the 2010-2011 academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences awarded its students 143 endowed scholarships valued at more than $930,000.
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has chosen Baylor to join the Science Education Alliance, which engages Baylor students in scientific discovery on a national scale.
  • Faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences have recently been awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to research and test new compounds that could help fight cancerous tumors.
  • University publications written and produced by Baylor Arts & Sciences students have a reputation for excellence. During the 2010-11 academic year, these publications won more than 130 national awards, including 12 first place awards.
  • Baylor's Model Organization of American States team, advised by faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences, has an outstanding record of giving students experience in public presentation, debate, research and networking. During the past 15 years team members have won numerous awards in state and national competition.
  • Baylor debaters have been taking home honors since the University's first intercollegiate debate in 1893. Since that time, Baylor has won numerous conference debate titles as well as three NDT national championships.
  • To better serve the Hispanic population in the United States, Baylor's Department of Modern Foreign Languages has developed a course tailored to meet the crucial need for medical professionals to cross language and cultural barriers. The course blends medical terminology in Spanish with practical, everyday speaking and an emphasis on cultural differences.
  • Professor Robert Darden from the College of Arts & Sciences is the founder of Baylor's Black Gospel Restoration Project, a national effort to identify, acquire, preserve and catalog historic music from the black gospel music tradition that is in danger of being lost.