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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.

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.

Arts & Sciences News

Jan
26
2023
Baylor Mourns Passing of Professor Emeritus of English
WACO, Texas (Jan. 26, 2023) – Baylor University is mourning the death of Clement T. Goode Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English who taught at Baylor for 40 years until his retirement in 1997. Dr. Goode died peacefully Jan. 24, 2023, at the age of 93.
Jan
18
2023
Comms prof becomes BU’s first non-STEM researcher to earn prestigious NSF Career Grant
Anyone who has visited the doctor in recent years — whether in-person or virtually — can see that the ways patients and doctors share information is changing. From online patient portals to computerized files medical professionals can reference while talking to the patient, new technologies ensure that everyone involved is both adopting and adapting together. …
Jan
18
2023
Baylor History Professor Honored with Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumni Award
WACO, Texas (Jan. 20, 2023) Ronald Angelo Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor and The Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History at Baylor University, has been awarded the Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumni Award, an annual award given to one alumnus from the organization in recognition of public service that exemplifies the Alpha Chi spirit of making scholarship effective for good.
Jan
13
2023
Baylor profs’ books named among 2022’s best by Christianity Today & Englewood Review
The end of each year brings with it a series of lists that bibliophiles eagerly await — a rundown of the year’s best books. Baylor professors are often honored on these “best of” lists, on a wide variety of topics. For 2022, two books authored by Baylor faculty members earned recognition from Christianity Today and …
Jan
12
2023
Baylor University Announces Recipients of 2023 Baylor Alumni Awards
WACO, Texas (Jan. 12, 2023) – Baylor University today announced the recipients of the 2023 Baylor Alumni Awards, which honor individuals who embody the distinctive mission of the University and their remarkable achievements. A celebration honoring the impact of Baylor alumni around the world and recognizing this year’s recipients will be held on campus Feb. 24, 2023.