Starting Fall 2019 Student FAQs

1. What is a core curriculum?
2. What degrees are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences?
3. What does "unified" mean?
4. What is the structure of the unified core?
5. What if I have AP/dual credit for ENG 1302? Will that credit count for a writing credit?
6. Does my AP/dual credit for HIS 2365 and HIS 2366 count for a History credit?
7. Questions concerning foreign language requirements:
8. Questions concerning the Cultural Events (Fine Arts) Experience (CEE):
9. Do I have to choose the new core, or can I choose the old core, since more of my credit applies there?
10. Questions concerning electives:
11. If I change to a different academic unit within Baylor, such as the Hankamer School of Business or Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, will this core still apply?
12. I received an Associate's Degree along with my high school diploma. Shouldn't all of that coursework complete my core requirements?




Starting Fall 2019 Student FAQs

1. What is a core curriculum?
A core curriculum describes the required courses that make up the general education portion of an academic degree. All Baylor University degrees require students to complete at least 124 hours of coursework which is divided into:

  • General education courses (the core curriculum)
  • Courses required for a given major or majors,
  • Elective courses

2. What degrees are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences?

  • The Bachelor of Arts (BS) degree is typically pursued by students majoring in humanities and by some students majoring in the fine arts, social sciences, and sciences.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is typically pursued by students majoring in art, film and digital media, music, and theatre arts.
  • The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is typically pursued by students majoring in the sciences and by some of the social sciences.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences (BSAS) degree is pursued by students majoring in aviation.
These degrees are granted by Baylor University and certified by the College of Arts & Sciences. More than half of all Baylor undergraduates are now pursuing one of these four degrees.

3. What does "unified" mean?
"Unified" refers to the fact that in the Arts & Sciences core curriculum, all four degrees have the same required core.

4. What is the structure of the unified core?
There are 15 hours of common courses (specific courses that all Arts & Sciences students must take):

  • Chapel (zero credit hours)
  • Cultural Events Experience (zero credit hours)
  • American Literary Cultures (3 hours)
  • The United States in Global Perspective (3 hours)
  • The U.S. Constitution, Its Interpretation, and the American Political Experience (3 hours)
  • Christian Scriptures (3 hours)
  • Christian Heritage (3 hours)
There are 34 hours of distribution list courses (varied courses that can be chosen to satisfy the requirements of a specific topic area):
  • Communication and Media Literacy (3 hours)
  • Contemporary Social Issues (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • Foreign Language and Culture (9 hours)
  • Formal Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Literature in Context (3 hours)
  • Research Writing (3 hours)
  • Scientific Method I (4 hours)
  • Scientific Method II (3 hours)

5. What if I have AP/dual credit for ENG 1302? Will that credit count for a writing credit?
No. You will be required to take one 3-hour course from the Research Writing Distribution List. ENG 1304 may be transferred in to substitute for ENG 1310 (a course on that Research Writing Distribution List).

6. Does my AP/dual credit for HIS 2365 and HIS 2366 count for a History credit?
Yes, one of those courses may count as a substitute in the Contemporary Social Issues Distribution List. (Note: for the 2019-2020 school year ONLY, either of these courses will also substitute for the required HIS 1300.)

7. Questions concerning foreign language requirements:

Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum

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