Core Diversity and Inclusion



The core curriculum is a significant piece of one of the University’s pillars—undergraduate transformational education—and it is the College of Arts & Sciences’ goal to offer the best general education in America. The unified core curriculum, which was implemented in fall 2019, gives us the chance to reach that goal. Diversity & multicultural requirements are central to this objective.
The unified A&S core curriculum includes diversity & multicultural requirements within various elements of the core; each common course, and five of the nine distribution lists, include explicit diversity requirements and expectations as part of their approved course objectives, as can be seen below.

Baylor's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

As a leading Christian institution with a strong Baptist identity and heritage that embraces both its global and Texan roots, Baylor University seeks to "educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community." In line with this mission, we seek to embody Christ's teachings of love and inclusivity across boundaries of racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, religious, and other expressions of human difference. Because, at Baylor, "Love thy neighbor" are not just words, …they are a way of life.

For more information on Baylor's commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit www.baylor.edu/diversity/.


Diversity/Multicultural Descriptions & Requirements in Common Courses

Chapel
"Baylor students gather to worship together; to engage important issues of our day; and to be inspired by speakers, artists, academicians, and leaders from every vocation… As students worship together, they will be invited into a service that both speaks to where they are and exposes them to the worship tradition of the larger Body of Christ."

ENG 2310: American Literary Cultures
“This course will emphasize the major works of American literature, by men and women, by authors from different regions of the United States, and by authors from the many cultural backgrounds that constitute the complex, global history of great writing in America… By studying American literature in its historical and social contexts, students will learn to comprehend the diverse heritage of our cultures,… [and] will gain a global appreciation of the many cultures that have shaped the United States and how globalizing impulses continue to shape our nation.” 

HIS 1300: The United States in Global Perspective
“An introduction to the history of the United States within a global context from 1776 to the present, this course examines the ways a distinctly American society developed within larger patterns of world history. Themes explored may include nationalism; imperialism; revolution; concepts of democracy, freedom, and equality; migration and immigration; industrialization and economic systems; and global conflict… Having knowledge of the global context within which the U.S. and all nations function, students will be better enabled and better equipped to practice informed engagement with diverse cultures, races, ethnic groups, and value systems, both American and non-American, by developing the virtues of empathy and humility, … [as well as] gain an understanding of and practice in the… appreciation for differing cultures and attitudes.”

PSC 1387: The U.S. Constitution, Its Interpretation, and the American Political Experience
“A study of the philosophic and historical background, development, and content of the United States Constitution and its interpretation by the Supreme Court in a complex and ever-changing multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-religious society… Within the context of this constitutional perspective, the course also examines major political issues and concerns, such as equal protection and due process of law (voting, marriage, education), racial and gender equality, freedom of religion, speech and press, and the rights of the accused.  Among other cases, ones that illustrate America’s ethnic, religious, and moral diversity may be examined.”

REL 1310: Christian Scriptures
“Students will learn to appropriate critically informed strategies for the interpretation of the Bible—learning various critical perspectives needed to evaluate contemporary interpretations of the Bible. With this broader, more in-depth understanding of the Christian Scriptures, students will be better enabled and better equipped to have informed engagement with others from a Christian perspective—a critical dimension of a transformational Christian education…. The course, then, contributes to a transformational general education curriculum that facilitates the process of students becoming informed and productive citizens of a democracy and servant leaders of faith communities, which highlights the cultivation of normative Christian virtues.”

REL 1350: Christian Heritage
“An introduction to Christian life and thought, from the early church to the present, through an examination of great texts with an emphasis on Christian doctrine, ethics, witness, and institutions. With this broader, more in-depth understanding of the Christian heritage/tradition, students will be better enabled and better equipped to have informed engagement with others from a Christian perspective—a critical dimension of a transformational Christian education. The course, then, contributes to a transformational general education curriculum that facilitates the process of students becoming informed and productive citizens of a democracy and servant leaders of faith communities which highlights the cultivation of normative Christian virtues.”


Diversity/Multicultural Descriptions & Requirements in Distribution Lists

Communication and Media Literacy DL
“A democracy is dependent upon an informed and articulate citizenry. Effective oral and written communication consistently appears on polls showing desired attributes and core competencies of prospective employees… These courses in this list will highlight the importance of not only the message but also the messenger. They will help students use communication media more effectively and to control better the media’s impact on themselves and others. [Students will learn to] grasp the effects—including moral effects-- of communication on individuals, society, and culture, [as well as] develop and adapt messages and/or arguments to different audiences.”

Contemporary Social Issues DL
“Insights gained through the study of contemporary social issues take on a critical significance at a time when the world’s population is increasing rapidly and diverse societies and cultures are coming into closer contact, and in some cases, with intensifying conflict.  Questions of class, civil society, gender, public health, justice, and identity continue to be pervasive in societies around the world today… The general intent of this requirement is to provide an introduction to the social world, meant to serve as a foundation or starting point for further exploration of these topics through electives, major fields of study, and/or minors… As citizens of local, national, and global communities, these courses will equip students with the moral foundation, cultural context, and/or knowledge and skillsets for informed and constructive civic engagement.

The courses will provide an introduction to contemporary societal topics—including but not limited to social, cultural, moral, religious, political, economic, communication/informational society, and health and environmental issues… Students will explore the inter-connectedness of factors/phenomena that contribute to the complexity of societal issues. Students will gain a deeper understanding of and empathy for individuals and groups from other societies, races, religions, genders, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses, with the intent that they will be able to articulate and practice the virtues of compassion and justice in our world today. Students will learn about the major social and economic processes at work in our world today including but not limited to globalization, resource depletion/destruction, cross-cultural intolerance, religious and ideological differences, social and economic disparities, and communication coherence. And, students will learn to evaluate and form critical opinions based on their own assumptions and religious identities around local, regional, and global contemporary issues.  In this process, students will be able to discern between descriptive and normative modes of moral analysis.”

Fine Arts/Performing Arts DL
“These courses will focus on the creative process by enabling students to generate original artistic work (“doing” art) and/or by exploring the artistic work of others (examining “how art is done”)… The course must teach students to understand both particularity and universality in art and to cultivate an appreciation for beauty in great art. The course will study the role of the artist as a prophetic voice within the culture who offers, at times, a critique of cultural imbalance, injustice, or dissonance.”

Foreign Languages and Cultures DL
“Since Baylor’s mission is to “educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service,” it is essential that graduates be able to demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the intermediate level, for which completion of 2310 is the minimum.  The requirement also encourages students to continue developing proficiency in a second language beyond 2310 if they have already met the 2310 minimum, but gives students the opportunity to take classes taught in English that explore cultures in non-English-speaking linguistic traditions…Courses must be designed to teach students to communicate effectively in a foreign language to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes… Courses must be designed to teach students to: (i) interact with cultural competence and understanding, (ii) use language to connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives on the student’s chosen major/career, (iii) develop insight into the nature of language and culture, (iv) participate in multilingual communities (contemporary and historical) at home or around the world.”

Literature in Context DL
“The Literature in Context Distribution List will allow students to study literature in its historical or social context to gain insight into the connections between literature and society, enabling rich interdisciplinary conversations. Students will apply the learned skills to a specific body of literature to contemplate how language and culture enact discussions of issues such as the natural and supernatural world; power and knowledge; and groupings of race, religion, ethnicity, class, and gender… The course should give students a deeper understanding of the human condition and of complex moral, ethical, social, and epistemological questions. The course must allow students to closely examine critical thought as they examine the ways writers wrestle with a society’s central questions. The course must support the core curriculum by providing an interdisciplinary lens through which students can engage both critically and emotionally with a historical period and examine the impact of human concerns such as religious beliefs, philosophical and scientific thought, political movements, social reform, etc.”


Faculty Opportunities for Engagement
  • February 23, 3:30 - Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence - Baylor History Department and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) invite Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson of Wellesley College to discuss her new book. More Information
  • February 23, 6-7:30 - More Than We Can Bear with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Register
  • March 9, 6:30-8 - Perspectives on Our History: Slavery in Texas and Baptist Life, panel discussion. More Information

Student Opportunities for Engagement

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Use links provided on Baylor's Diversity and Inclusion website to learn more about campus departments, resources, and offices that are here for you! 

Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum

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