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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

Older Adults Can Improve Prospective Memory Functioning Using Smartphone Technology
WACO, Texas (Nov. 17, 2021) – Decline in prospective memory — the ability to perform daily intentions — is a key driver of everyday functional impairment in dementia. Baylor University researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, led a study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to determine if smartphone technology could help improve prospective memory functioning.
Baylor prof offers resources for learning more about Asian and Pacific American heritage
Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each May — but since Baylor students are usually focused on final exams and then headed off for summer then, the university celebrates the month from mid-October to mid-November each year. Regardless of the dates, it’s a good time for celebrating the contributions, …
Pinniped Craniofacial Musculature Provides Insight on its Role in Aquatic Feeding
WACO, Texas (Nov. 2, 2021) – Pinnipeds — a group including seals, sea lions and walruses — are relatively recently derived marine mammals that evolved from terrestrial carnivorans and reentered the marine environment. Their recent adaptations to an amphibious lifestyle make their evolutionary anatomy of particular interest to Baylor University researcher Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.
Baylor student wins Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest
About a month before the 2021 Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest, Dr. Yuko Prefume (BA ’04, MSED ’06, EDD ’15), a senior lecturer in Japanese at Baylor, asked then-junior Matthew Ho if he wanted to enter the competition. A little hesitant at first, and not knowing much about what would be involved, Ho said …
Certified Vocologist Brings New Teaching, Research Opportunities to Baylor’s Theatre Arts Programs
WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2021) – Baylor University is now home to one of a handful of undergraduate theatre programs whose faculty includes a certified vocologist. This certification brings a new level of educational rigor and professional preparedness to the students in Baylor’s Department of Theatre Arts.