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:




2301 British Literature


A study of the literature of Great Britain, emphasizing the works of major writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, the Romantic poets, the Victorian poets, and the major novelists.

M. Choucair


2304 American Literature

A study of the literature of the United States, emphasizing the work of major writers such as Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Twain, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Morrison.

M. Choucair


3380 American Literature through Whitman

American poetry and prose to 1870, studies in relation to the cultural and social character of the period.

M. Choucair


4368 Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Development of fictional narrative form in nineteenth-century Britain, with emphasis on Austen, Scott, the Brontes, Thackeray, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.


4387 Modern American Novel

American novelists from 1900 to 1945, with emphasis on Wharton, James, Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hurston.

M. Choucair




No beginning courses offered.

Advanced or intermediate courses given on approval of chair of department.





1305 World History to 1500

Principal civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from prehistory to about 1500 A.D., focusing on religious ideas, patterns of economic and cultural development, and artistic and literary achievements of these civilizations, as well as their influences on one another.

Hill, Morera, Wingerd


1307 World History since 1500

History of major world civilizations and the growth of the modern global community as well as the spread of ideologies and cultures.

Hill, Wingerd


2365 History of the United States to 1877

A chronological, thematic, and analytical study of the political, economic, social, cultural and diplomatic history of the United States from colonial origins and early nationhood through the era of Reconstruction.

Hill, Wingerd


2366 History of the United States since 1877

A chronological, thematic, and analytical study of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present.


3380 History of Texas (Cross-listed as American Studies 3381.)

The political, economic, and social history of Texas in its regional setting in the American Southwest from the period of colonization to the present.

Parrish, Sloan, Wingerd




No beginning courses offered. Advanced or intermediate courses given on approval of chair of department.





1308 Introduction to Ethics

Introduction to ancient and modern traditions in moral theory, including virtue ethics. It investigates both the normative theories and their application to personal and social issues. Reading selections may include writers such as Aristotle, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, and Rawls. Social problems discussed may include issues such as abortion, physician-assisted suicide, pornography, cyberethics, and others.


1321 Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to major problems in philosophical inquiry by studying key figures in the history of philosophy, emphasizing development of the ability to read philosophical texts and to think reflectively about philosophical problems. Philosophers studied may include: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Kierkegaard, and Sartre.




1305 American National Government

A course in American national government with emphasis on the historical background, structure, organization, and functioning of that government.

Curry, Brown


2302 American Constitutional Development

An historical and institutional study of the background, content, development, and interpretation of the United States Constitution. This course is required for all bachelor's degrees. (This course and Political Science 1306 should be taken by students seeking a Texas Teacher's Certificate, or by preengineering, predental, premedical and other students who may seek a degree from a Texas state-supported school.)

Curry, Brown


3301 Scope and Methods of Political Science

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.

P. Flavin


3304 Comparative Politics

A comparative study of the principles, structure, and operation of contemporary governmental systems with special attention to the democratic systems of Europe.



3315 Fundamentals of International Politics

Theories of international politics will be examined and compared in the light of the evolution of the modern states system. Attention will be given to the factors and variables that affect the formulation and implementation of foreign policies.



4330 Urban Political Processes (Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 4330.)

Analysis of political institutions and processes in metropolitan areas, including social, economic and governmental problems resulting from increased urbanization.





1305 Introductory Psychology

A survey course introducing the student to the field of psychology.

Riley, Michalski


3321 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: Psychology 1305. An introduction to historical and modern views of abnormal behavior and a survey of the field of psychological disorders. For nonmajors only.





1310 The Christian Scriptures

An introduction to the Old and New Testaments (their contents, historical backgrounds, and major themes), and to appropriate strategies for interpretation of the Bible.

Burleson, Dodson, and Sadler


1350 Christian Heritage

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.





1305 Introduction to Sociology

An introductory survey course focused on basic concepts in the field of sociology, the relationships between the individual and the group, and major social institutions.



1306 Social Problems

An analysis of current social problems with emphasis on sociological aspects of problems in education, family life, religion, and other social institutions.



3322 Urban Sociology

An analysis of the social structure of the city and social problems unique to cities.




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