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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

Baylor Journalism Professor Accepted into Prestigious Arthur W. Page Society
WACO, Texas (Dec. 6, 2022) – Marlene Neill, Ph.D., APR, associate professor and graduate program director in journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University, has been accepted into the prestigious Arthur W. Page Society.
Japanese Language Students Sweep J.LIVE National Competition
Japanese language students from Baylor University’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures swept the top three awards at the J.LIVE Talk (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement), a national competition held in November at George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Baylor Research Finds Student-Athletes Have Stronger Religious Beliefs, Behaviors and Identity Than Non-Athlete Peers
WACO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2022) - Athletics can occupy an ambiguous place within a university's greater mission, particularly at religious institutions. Yet, little research has been conducted - until now - to understand student-athletes connection with personal religious beliefs.
Baylor Earns Student Success Acceleration Program Implementation Grant
WACO, Texas (Nov. 28, 2022) – Baylor University’s Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) within the Paul L. Foster Success Center has received a $250,000 Student Success Acceleration Program (SSAP) Implementation Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to assist students, including those from underrepresented populations, in calculus.
Mayborn Museum Becomes First Smithsonian Affiliate in Central Texas
WACO, Texas (Nov. 17, 2022) – The Mayborn Museum, located on the Baylor University campus, has announced its new status as a Smithsonian Affiliate, joining a network of more than 200 Smithsonian Affiliates in the United States, Puerto Rico and Panama.