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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

May
19
2022
Baylor poetry professor receives national fellowship
WACO, Texas (May 19, 2022) - Dr. Ryan Sharp, assistant professor of English, has received a competitive national fellowship designed to support the work of underrepresented faculty members in the humanities and social sciences.
May
12
2022
Even cancer couldn’t stop this #BaylorGrad from earning her degree
Being 20 years old, away from home at college, and faced with the challenges of a pandemic is hard enough. Now imagine learning that you have cancer and must undergo chemo in the middle of it all. That’s the situation Baylor senior Ellie Kronlokken faced 18 months ago — and yet, this weekend, the Minnesota …
May
12
2022
Baylor Religion Professor Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to South Korea
WACO, Texas (May 12, 2022) – Baylor University Honors College faculty member Candi K. Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC), has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to South Korea, a prestigious and competitive fellowship of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
May
5
2022
Baylor professor receives NEH grant to complete book on notable medieval poet
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2022) - Baylor English professor Sebastian J. Langdell has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete a book collecting the shorter works of medieval English poet Thomas Hoccleve.
Apr
28
2022
Baylor prof’s studies on inclusion for visually impaired inspires blind student to attend BU
Navigating life as a first-year college student is hard enough — a new city, new classmates, new roommates, etc. Now imagine what that’s like for someone who physically can’t see. But that hasn’t deterred San Antonio native Noah Cook. At three months old, Cook was diagnosed with glaucoma, a condition where the fluid in the …