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:
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):
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.)
No. You must, however, have at least 6 hours of residential credit in the Foreign Language and Culture Distribution List. You could, therefore, continue with that foreign language, or you could take a culture course in that Distribution List.
No, but you still must complete 6 hours of residential credit in the Foreign Language and Culture Distribution List. You could take 2320 and then a 3000-level foreign language course, or you could take 6 hours from a culture course in that Distribution List.
Yes, but you will still need to take 6 hours of courses from the Foreign Language and Culture Distribution List.
8. Questions concerning the Cultural Events (Fine Arts) Experience (CEE):
- How do I get credit for attending CEE events? Information on events and attendance credit will be available on the CEE website at the beginning of each semester. - How many CEE credits can I get per semester? You may get up to 4 CEEs per semester, but no more than 4 CEEs per year. Two CEEs per semester is a recommended goal.
9. Do I have to choose the new core, or can I choose the old core, since more of my credit applies there?
Requirements for students matriculating in the 2019-2020 school year may not be changed.
It is typical at a university that approximately 1/3 of your requirements are in the core, 1/3 are in your major, and 1/3 are electives. Arts & Sciences requirements are not unusual in this respect.
If desirable, you may wish to build a certificate, minor, or second major with the electives. Check out the Undergraduate Catalog and your advisor to help you determine what electives are available.
It is possible for you to take more courses in your major area than needed. For example, if your degree calls for 36 hours in your major, you could possibly take 54 hours in the major. Eighteen hours from that major area would count as 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?
Many courses - but not all - will still apply. Check the Undergraduate Catalog for specific requirements on each school.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/registrar/index.php?id=84879
12. I received an Associate's Degree along with my high school diploma. Shouldn't all of that coursework complete my core requirements?
Not necessarily, although many courses should count.