Correspondence Courses

A limited number of undergraduate courses may be taken by correspondence to meet the needs of Baylor students. In exceptional situations, the dean may grant permission to a student to take a correspondence course in residence.


  • A student must have been a previous full-time student or be a currently enrolled full-time student before he/she may register for a correspondence course.
  • A student must have an overall GPA of 2.0.
  • A maximum of 9 semester hours may be earned by correspondence for credit toward a bachelor's degree.
  • A student registered for course work at Baylor may not take a correspondence course from another school to count toward a Baylor degree or certificate.
  • Only undergraduate credit may be earned by correspondence.
  • Only one correspondence course at a time may be taken, and the first course must be completed before a second may be started.
  • Correspondence courses may not be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A student may not be enrolled in another Baylor on-campus or study-abroad course while taking a correspondence course.

Registration may be completed at any time during the year. Credit is awarded during the semester in which the student is registered. If the beginning date for the correspondence course is on the last class day of a semester (spring, summer, or fall), credit is awarded in that semester. If the beginning date for the correspondence course is after the last day of a semester, credit is awarded in the following semester.

The student must submit a petition to the dean of the academic unit in which he/she is enrolled requesting permission to take by correspondence one of the courses approved. If permission is granted, the student must also receive approval from the department offering the course before he or she may register to take the course by correspondence. The academic department or school in which the course is offered is responsible for registration, receipt of tuition payment, and academic administration of the correspondence course.

Tuition for correspondence courses is the same as for regular classroom courses. Textbooks are not included. There are no fees associated with a correspondence course.

A minimum of 45 calendar days from the date the course begins is required to complete a course, and the maximum time allowed is 90 days. Non-resident students must complete the course before enrolling for course work in residence. Students who fail to complete the course within 90 days will be assigned a grade of "F." All extensions must originate in the student's academic Dean's office. Graduating seniors must complete all correspondence work two weeks before commencement.

A student must notify the faculty member and the academic department or school offering the course to drop a correspondence course. The grade of "W" will be assigned for drops within the first 30 days of the course. Between the 31st and 45th day, the grade of "F" will be assigned by the instructor.

Refunds of tuition will be computed on a decreasing scale as follows:
1-7 days after beginning ........................90%
8-14 days after beginning ......................75%
15-21 days after beginning ....................50%
22-28 days after beginning ....................25%
later than 28 days refund

On the date designated for the course to begin, the student will receive the following material from the professor of record for the course:

  • an assignment sheet outlining course requirements
  • listing of textbooks and references
  • instructions regarding where to mail completed lessons

Students who want graded tests returned to them should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with each lesson. It is wise to photocopy the work before mailing so that it can be replaced easily should a lesson be lost in transit.

Textbooks may be ordered from the Baylor Book Store and can be sent C.O.D. if requested. Requests for books should not be sent to the academic department or dean's office.

A final examination is required in most correspondence courses. Other tests may be required at intervals by individual instructors. When all lessons have been completed, a student should notify the instructor that he/she is ready to take the final examination.

Final examinations not taken at Baylor must be taken under the supervision of a designated examiner in another college or university. Examinations will be mailed to:

1) the Correspondence Division of a college or university where a fee may be charged for proctoring the examination, or
2) the Dean, Registrar, or other official of a college or university where a proctoring fee may be charged.

The instructor will report the final grade in Bearweb, as well as notify the Dean's Office via email.

Students enrolled in correspondence courses are required to:

  • know and follow all regulations and policies stated in this brochure, the Undergraduate Catalog and the Student Handbook;
  • notify the Office of the Registrar of any change in address or telephone number.

Correspondence Courses Offered in Arts & Sciences:


ENG 2310 - American Literary Cultures
Mona Choucair
Literature of the United States, from the colonial encounter to the 21st century, emphasizing major works of American literature, by men and women from different regions of the United States, and from many cultural backgrounds.

HIS 1300 - The US in Global Perspective
Bracy Hill, Lauren Poor, Zac Wingerd
Introduction to history, historical thinking and the history of the United States within a global context, examining the ways a distinct American society developed within larger patterns of world history. Themes will vary by instructor but may include democracy, freedom and equality; global conflict; imperialism; industrialization and economic systems; migration and immigration; nationalism; and revolution.

PSC 1387 - The US Constitution, Its Interpretation, and the American Political Experience
Rebecca Flavin, Curt Nichols
A study of the philosophical 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.

REL 1310 - The Christian Scriptures
Blake Burleson, Noel Forlini-Burt
An introduction to the Old and New Testaments (their contents, historical backgrounds, and major themes), and to appropriate strategies for interpretation of the Bible.

REL 1350 - The Christian Heritage
Joe Coker, David Whitford
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.



FDM 4340 - Media and Society
Jim Kendrick, Dan Shafer
Roles of the media in society and their relationship with other societal institutions. Impacts of the media upon society, responsibilities of the media, and restraints imposed upon them.



PHI 1308 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Anne Jeffrey, Thomas Ward
An introduction to philosophical issues and theories associated with the normative assessment of human behavior through engagement with one or more contemporary social issues such as poverty, war, immigration, affirmative action, drug legalization, abortion, sexuality, animal rights, and the environment.

SOC 1305 – Introduction to Sociology
Jodien Johnson, Christopher Pieper
An introductory survey course including basic concepts in the field of sociology, the relationship of the individual to culture, groups, and major social institutions. Particular attention is given to an examination of contemporary social issues through a sociological lens.



PHI 1306 - Logic
Thomas Ward
A study of the basic principles and methods for distinguishing good and bad reasoning across a broad range of contexts, with an emphasis on deductive reasoning. Students develop formal tools to identify, reconstruct, and evaluate arguments, and to compose argumentative essays of their own.



ENG 2301- British Literature
Mona Choucair
The great works of British literature, from the earliest English poetry to the twenty-first century. Includes works by both women and men, from the different regions of the British Isles, and works representative of Britain as a multicultural society.

PHI 2303 – Philosophy in Literature
Todd Buras, Thomas Ward
A critical engagement of the philosophical ideas represented in selected literary texts, such as science fiction, dystopian fiction, the inklings, or existentialist literature, indicated by course subtitle. Examines a wide variety of philosophical topics with special attention to the role of imagination.



CLA 1304 - Research Writing
Dan Hanchey, David White, Meghan DiLuzio (spring 2021 only)
Instruction in research methods and the techniques of critical and persuasive writing, drawing from the rich tradition of ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric and literature.

PHI 1301 - Faith & Reason
Charity Anderson, Robert Garcia
A writing-intensive introduction the major philosophical topics, themes, and thinkers. Students develop the ability to read texts critically and to write well-researched argumentative essays about perennial philosophical questions.

PHI 2305 - Philosophy & Religion
Todd Buras, Thomas Ward
A writing-intensive introduction to philosophical issues arising from religious belief and practice. Students develop the ability to read texts critically, and to write clear argumentative essays about such topics as faith and reason, the problem of evil, and the coherence of doctrines like atonement and incarnation.

PSC 3301 - Scope and Methods of Political Science
Dave Bridge, Pat Flavin
A course designed to equip beginning political scientists with the basic tools of political analysis used by professional political scientists. The scope of the discipline is explored through the use of primary writings, and the student is introduced to general concepts, theories, approaches, and models as well as basic methodologies and techniques of political research.



PSY 1305 - Psychological Science
Tamara Lawrence, Hugh Riley
A survey course investigating the connection between mind, brain, and behavior.



ENG 4387 - Modern American Novel
Luke Ferretter
American novelists from 1900 to 1945, with emphasis on Wharton, James, Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hurston.

HIS 3380 - History of Texas
Bracy Hill, Michael Parrish, Zac Wingerd
The political, economic, and social history of Texas in its regional setting in the American Southwest from the period of colonization to the present.

PSY 3321 - Abnormal Psychology
Tamara Lawrence, Hugh Riley
An introduction to historical and modern views of abnormal behavior and a survey of the field of psychological disorders. For non-majors only.

SOC 3354 – Marriage and the Family
Jodien Johnson
Contemporary family lifestyles are presented from a sociopsychological viewpoint with stress on personal awareness, growth, and satisfaction in interpersonal relations. Topics include dating, mate selection, communication, sexual adjustment, parenting, cohesion and adaptability, and divorce.


For more information concerning correspondence course offerings contact your academic dean's office:

College of Arts & Sciences
Burleson, Room 105
P.O. Box 97344
Waco, TX 76798
Telephone: (254) 710-3361

Hankamer School of Business
Hankamer, Room 205
P.O. Box 98001
Waco, TX 76798
Telephone: (254) 710-1211

School of Engineering and Computer Science
Rogers, Room 210
P.O. Box 97356
Waco, TX 76798
Telephone: (254) 710-3871

School of Music
Roxy Grove, Room 105
P.O. Box 97408
Waco, TX 76798
Telephone: (254) 710-1161

School of Nursing
333 North Washington Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246-1754
Telephone: (214) 820-3361