Honors College

Love truth, kindle faith, and cultivate virtue in friendship, study, and service to Christ and neighbor.

The Honors College unites four innovative programs committed to helping undergraduates pursue questions that often fall between the cracks of the specialized disciplines, by exploring the writings of scientists along with the writings of poets, historians, and philosophers.

Opportunities Students may participate in one or more of these opportunities in the Honors College and may mix these opportunities with other non-Honors college options offered by the University. Our students often continue their studies in graduate, medical, or law school upon graduation, or land competitive jobs in diverse fields responsive to their vocation.
Majors University Scholars Freedom to pursue multiple disciplines and high-level research opportunities. Great Texts Wisdom through life-changing encounters with foundational works of literature, theology, and philosophy.
General Education Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Integrated learning that fulfills most university general ed requirements.
Academic Enhancements Honors Program Enhanced learning for any major with independent and innovative research.


The Honors College brings together a community of students and faculty devoted to the love of learning, to the cultivation of wonder, and to pursuing life’s most important questions both within and outside of the classroom. Students engage in rich conversations with prominent faculty through two distinct undergraduate majors, University Scholars and Great Texts, as well as two programs, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and the Honors Program.

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Honors Residential College

The Honors Residential College (HRC) is an optional multi-year community that fosters intellectual, moral, and spiritual formation through friendship, integrated study, community service, and spiritual engagement. The HRC is home to 330 Baylor students enrolled in one of the Honors College majors or programs above. The HRC is located in Alexander and Memorial Halls.

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Jan. 20, 2022
Baylor Senior Chemistry Major Wins Prestigious Churchill Scholarship
WACO, Texas (Jan. 20, 2022) – Baylor University senior chemistry major Kate Rojales of Milton, Georgia, is among 18 recipients of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship in mathematics, science and engineering, announced by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. Rojales, who conducts research as an undergraduate in inorganic chemistry, is the second Churchill Scholar in just two years of the University being a participating institution in the program.
Jan. 19, 2022
University Scholars Assistant Director Receives NEH Grant to Translate Important Medieval Treatise
A Baylor University faculty member will use a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to make the ideas of one of the greatest medieval philosophers more accessible and understandable to modern readers.
Jan. 17, 2022
Dean's Update - January 17, 2022
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! I’m reflecting today on a challenging new book by Roosevelt Montás, known for his past leadership of Columbia University’s celebrated core curriculum. Rescuing Socrates: How Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation unites memoir, a defense of liberal education, and critical reflection on Plato, Augustine, Freud, and Gandhi—"four companions . . . [who] speak with intimate familiarity about human experiences that we all share.” Written in first-person voice and full of touching anecdotes, the book is warmly personal and inspiring. It is also attuned to critical identity issues that cut through the heart of American life.
Nov. 30, 2021
Drumwright Family Lecture Features Angel Adams Parham, Ph.D.
Over the last several months, headlines haven’t shied away from what they call a crisis in the Classics. Some criticism of the great books, echoed in the New York Times Magazine, calls for removing canonical works of epic poetry, drama, and literature because they are tainted by racism.
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