Self-Paced Online Courses

Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOCs) are Online Asynchronous courses taken in a Fall or Spring semester and completed, at the student's own pace, by the end of term.

Fall 2022 SPOC Offerings
  • ENG 2310: American Literary Cultures
  • HIS 1300: The U.S. in Global Perspective
  • HIS 3380: History of Texas
  • LING 1305: Language in Society
  • PSC 1387: The U.S. Constitution, Its Interpretation, and the American Political Experience
  • PSC 3301: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • PSC 3304: Comparative Politics
  • PSY 1305: Psychological Science: Understanding Human Behavior
  • REL 1310: Christian Scriptures
  • REL 1350: Christian Heritage
  • For students who are unable to maintain full-time status due to temporary personal situations the opportunity to make academic progress while away from campus.
  • Options for full-time students who need flexibility in order to graduate during their last semester at Baylor.
  • For students who have left the University with 15 or fewer hours (roughly one semester) remaining to finish their degree from another location.
  • Providing outstanding high school students an opportunity to get a head start on their college career and to explore the Baylor curriculum.
  • Providing non-degree-seeking students an opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills.
  • A student must be a previously enrolled full-time Baylor student, a currently enrolled part-time Baylor student, a graduating senior,* a High School Accelerate student, or a non-degree seeking student before he/she may register. Full-time Baylor students not in their final semester are not eligible.
  • Baylor students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the Baylor student is on academic probation, he/she must have at least a 2.5 cum GPA.

    *a graduating senior is defined as a student with 21 or fewer hours remaining and who has filed for graduation with their respective Dean's Office.
  • A maximum of 15 semester hours of SPOCs may be earned for credit toward a degree conferred by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Baylor students may take no more than 3 SPOCs during one semester. HS Accelerate students may not take more than 1 SPOC during a semester.
  • No SPOCs may be taken during the summer terms (including Maymester) or during Wintermester.
  • Tuition is the same as for regular courses for part-time Baylor students and non-degree seeking students. Full-time students who are eligible for SPOCs are under flat-rate tuition and incur no additional fees.
  • High School Accelerate students are charged tuition at a rate different from Baylor students.
  • Textbooks are not included in tuition payment.
  • There are no fees associated with SPOCs, but students must have computers and reliable internet access.
Registration & Completion: 
  • Eligible Baylor students and non-degree-seeking students may register for a SPOC between the 6th class date and not later than the end of the 7th week of the fall or spring semester.
  • Accelerate High School students may register for a SPOC, via advisor, up to the start of the semester.
  • A SPOC may not be dropped after the 50th class day of the fall or spring semester.
  • The grade for SPOCs will be assigned at the end of the regular semester through regular processes.

Contact Carol McCulloch in the A&S Dean's Office or your academic advisor!
See the Undergraduate Academic Catalog for more information!