Baylor’s undergraduate programs emphasize the central importance of vocation and service in students’ lives and help them explore their value and role in society At a Christian university, questions such as “Who am I?” and “How should I best use my talents?” should be taken seriously and should guide students as they make life’s key decisions. To assist students in addressing such issues, Baylor will develop multiple opportunities, both curricular and co-curricular, for students to discern and understand their life work as a calling and all of life as a stewardship of service.
Several programs have been implemented or expanded to help students understand their life work as a calling. The resident chaplain program and Chapel programming have both been expanded. The Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement was established in 2004. In addition, the number of undergraduates expressing an interest in vocational ministry is growing (from 2,029 in 2002 to 2,428 in 2009).
Several programs have been implemented to help students understand life as a stewardship of service. These programs include discipline-specific missions, the sports chaplain program, Baylor Line Camps, community ministries and academic partnerships, leadership development, community service and other campus programs. In addition, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative was established on June 1, 2007.