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The Unified Core Curriculum

The College of Arts & Sciences unified core curriculum is the foundation for a degree from Baylor University; it serves to educate men and women to become informed and productive citizens of a democracy and servant leaders of faith communities. For this reason, the College maintains a robust core curriculum across diverse academic disciplines such as the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

The unified core curriculum gives the College of Arts & Sciences the chance to offer the best general education in America, and our diversity requirements, which are designed to enhance students’ analytic sophistication and moral understanding about issues related to diversity and inclusion, and foster the interpersonal skills necessary for engaging with diverse populations within the United States and throughout the world, are central to this objective. The knowledge, skills, and virtues you gain and cultivate within our community of Christian scholars will provide you with the resources you need to "uncover and recognize truth, to deepen your faith, to live virtuously, to strengthen your communities, and to affect the world in transformative ways."

Baylor University has received an "A" for its core curriculum in the "What Will They Learn?" report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Only 24 universities in the United States, and only two in Texas, have earned this top grade for their core curriculum.

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences, created in 1919, is Baylor University’s largest academic division and home to approximately 45 percent of all undergraduates. Arts & Sciences courses are the foundation upon which all Baylor students’ educational experiences are built. The College houses the following:

  • 25 academic departments and 12 academic centers and institutes
  • More than 60 majors from which to choose, leading to one of four degree tracks (BA, BS, BFA, BSAS)
  • More than 5,000 courses, spanning disciplines from the arts and humanities to the social and natural sciences

In addition, the College offers outstanding master’s and doctoral programs, many of them nationally ranked, across all Arts & Sciences disciplines.

Arts & Sciences News

Dec
21
2021
Celebrating 45 years of Phi Beta Kappa at Baylor
It took a lot of effort and persistence, but on Dec. 6, 1976 — 45 years ago this month — the Baylor University chapter (Zeta of Texas) of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered. Phi Beta Kappa, as you may know, is the nation’s oldest scholastic honor society (and the first American society to have a …
Dec
16
2021
Baylor University Earns Prestigious Research 1 Status from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
WACO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2021) – Baylor University has been named a Research 1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, joining the nation’s top-tier research institutions as a doctoral university with very high research activity and elevating Baylor as a preeminent Christian research university.
Dec
16
2021
Presidential Perspective: Baylor Achieves R1 Status
I am overjoyed to share with you some wonderful news we learned this morning. We have received notification from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education that Baylor University has achieved Research 1 status, joining the nation’s top research institutions as a doctoral university with very high research activity and as a preeminent Christian research university.
Dec
13
2021
Remembering a Baylor legend: Dave Campbell
Sometime next summer, it will pop up on newsstands across the Lone Star State, and when it does, everyone will know that football season isn’t too far away. We’re talking about Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, which for 60+ years now has served as a “bible of Texas football,” previewing Texas teams at every level — …
Dec
2
2021
The nation’s expert on Waco’s Pearl Harbor hero is, naturally, a Baylor prof
Waco native Doris Miller was one of the first American heroes of World War II, and a civil rights icon whose heroism at Pearl Harbor helped desegregate the U.S. military — all before his tragic death at age 24. When Dr. T. Michael Parrish, the Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History at Baylor, began …