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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: The A&S Undergraduate Studies Office operating from home. We can handle all academic issues that you have by email ( or phone (254-710-3361). We look forward to assisting you.

Visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for more information regarding Baylor’s response to the situation.

A Message to all A&S Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:

You recently received an email informing you that the entire fall schedule of classes has been re-engineered in order to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing. Many-face-to-face classes have had to be converted to online or hybrid, depending on their size. We realize that you and your advisor worked hard in the spring to put together the best schedule possible for fall, and we understand that your schedule is now different from that for which you originally registered.

Keep in mind that the University made these changes with your health and safety (and that of our faculty and staff) in mind. President Livingstone has indicated that this is our first priority. The College of Arts and Sciences pledges to help you continue to make timely progress toward graduation. We ask for your patience and understanding as our CASA team works full-time for the next few weeks to register new freshmen and incoming transfer students. This means that you may experience delays in receiving responses from your advisors. Rest assured that they are reading your emails and will respond to you as soon as they are able.

This is an unprecedented time for all of us – students, faculty, staff, and administrators – but if we can work together, we will make it through this. Thank you for your patience.

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."

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences, created in 1919, is Baylor University’s largest academic division, consisting of 25 academic departments and eight academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College are the foundation upon which all Baylor students’ educational experiences build, and span disciplines from the arts and humanities to the social and natural sciences. The College offers outstanding master’s and doctoral programs, many of them nationally ranked, across all Arts & Sciences disciplines.

Arts & Sciences News

Baylor English Professor is First American to Win International Literary Award
Dr. Kevin Gardner, chair and professor of English at Baylor University, is the first American to win an international award for his scholarship into the works and legacy of acclaimed British poet Sir John Betjeman.
Baylor’s Department of Religion Establishes Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Religion Graduate Stipend
WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2020) — The department of religion in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences has announced the establishment of the Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Religion Graduate Stipend, named in honor of Baylor’s first African American graduate.
Baylor Libraries Receives $300,000 NEH Grant to Support Browning Research
WACO, Texas (Sept. 7, 2020) – Baylor University Libraries has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the research of two Browning scholars at Baylor's renowned Armstrong Browning Library.
Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized researcher on stress and health
It’s Dr. Annie Ginty’s job to study stress — a subject we can all relate to. In fact, when she tells people her area of expertise, they generally joke that they’d be excellent subjects for her research because of all of the pressures they face. More specifically, Ginty seeks to better understand the links between …
People with Lower Biological Response to Standard Stress Task Showed More PTSD Symptoms After COVID-19 Crisis Began
WACO, Texas (Aug. 31, 2020) — People who did not have a large heart rate response to a stress task surprised researchers later — after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — when they showed more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder related to the crisis than others who also did the stress task and COVID-19 stress ratings.