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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."

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences, created in 1919, is Baylor University’s largest academic division, 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:

  • 27 academic departments and programs 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

Sep
15
2021
Provost Honors Baylor University Faculty as 2021-2022 Baylor Fellows
WACO, Texas (Sept. 15, 2021) – Ten Baylor University faculty members have been selected by Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., to serve as 2021-2022 Baylor Fellows for their excellence in teaching and desire to transform student thinking through innovation.
Sep
13
2021
Baylor Rises to No. 75 in Latest U.S. News Rankings, in Top 10 for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship, Among Nation’s Best for First-Year Experience, Undergraduate Research
WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2021) – Baylor University moved up to No. 75 among National Universities – with several academic programs and opportunities for undergraduates highly rated – in the latest rankings for 2022 released today by U.S. News & World Report.
Sep
10
2021
20 years later, the Baylor Family reflects on 9/11
Everyone who lived through 9/11 has a story about where they were that fateful morning. This week, Baylor has been sharing those stories from a variety of Bears (see below). President Linda Livingstone recalls dropping off her daughter at kindergarten before heading to work in Hankamer/Cashion. Tommy Marshall (now Air Force Lt. Col. Marshall, BS …
Sep
10
2021
Baylor Expert: 9/11 Reshaped Every Aspect of American Life – Not Necessarily for the Better
WACO, Texas (Sept. 10, 2021) –The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon continue – 20 years later – to have profound effects on everything from America’s political, religious and cultural polarization to American entertainment choices, said Baylor University faith and culture expert Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English.
Sep
9
2021
Class of ’21: New faculty join growing Baylor Family
The Baylor Family is growing, and it’s not just incoming students seeing their numbers increase. This year, the university has welcomed more than 50 new faculty members and research staff. Professors and postdocs are joining Baylor from such prestigious institutions as the University of Virginia, Brown University, NYU School of Law and Wake Forest — …