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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Jun. 1, 2020
Dean's Update - June 1, 2020
The father of Renaissance humanism, Francesco Petrarca, intended his Secretum to be something of a secret during his life. His close friends knew of the book, but not its details. After his death, copies were made and circulated, and it did not take long for Petrarch’s short dialogue to find appreciative readers. In The Secret we find, under Lady Truth’s visage, a lucid, probing exchange between Petrarch and his theological hero, “the glorious St. Augustine.” Good readers find no special merit in revelations of secret sins, though Petrarch confesses a few. The book’s great worth consists instead in Petrarch’s open disclosure of secrets we keep from ourselves.
May 1, 2020
Dean's Update - May 1, 2020
The feast day of St. Catherine of Siena was on Wednesday, the day I am writing these words. St. Catherine was born and raised in the mid-fourteenth century under the dark shadow of plague. She inspired many through a life of devotion to Christ, contemplative writing, counsel-giving, and generosity. Her saintliness and theological probity gave rise to her recognition as a Doctor of the Church.
Apr. 22, 2020
Formation Series Conversation featuring Bill Neilson
Dr. Whitt hosted a Formation Series lecture with Bill Neilson, MD, associate dean of the Honors College and clinical professor in the Honors Program. Dr. Neilson is retiring at the end of the semester, so we asked him to give a last lecture of sorts—his collected wisdom from a lifetime of faithful service in the field of medicine and at Baylor.
Apr. 8, 2020
Dr. Doug Henry Appointed Dean of the Honors College at Baylor
Douglas V. Henry, Ph.D., who has served admirably since last summer as Interim Dean of the Honors College, has been selected to serve as Dean in an official capacity, effective May 1.
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