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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May 15, 2023
Dean’s Update - May 15, 2023
Robert Bulwer-Lytton’s poem ‘Athens” evokes a greatness to which humanity aspires, yet which despite high-flown vision, falls short of what’s most desired. That, Plato recognized, is the gift of being united forever to divine beauty, And as St. Paul told the Athenians of his day, human art and imagination cannot achieve this highest good, but must yield to the one in whom we live and move and have our being, the Lord who is hailed and harked by lark and nightingale.
Apr. 28, 2023
Baylor Honors College Hosts Alumnus Samuel Chen for Academic Honors Convocation
Baylor Honors College recently hosted alumnus Samuel Chen (B.A. ’09, M.A. ’11) as the keynote speaker for Academic Honors Convocation. Chen—an award-winning political scientist, consultant, and strategist—gave a powerful address to this year’s honorees in his talk titled, “What Does Washington have to do with Waco?”
Apr. 27, 2023
William Weaver, Ph.D., Appointed Director of Great Texts
The Baylor Honors College is excited to announce that William Weaver, Ph.D., Professor of Literature in Great Texts, has accepted appointment as the new Director of Great Texts. Weaver, who follows Phil Donnelly, Ph.D., in the role, is set to begin June 1.
Apr. 17, 2023
Dean's Update - April 17, 2023
If, per impossibile, we could become friends with fictional characters, Isabel Dalhousie would appear on my list. Over the last fifteen years, I’ve gotten to know her through Alexander McCall Smith’s novels in his Sunday Philosophy Club series. He portrays Isabel with a range of commendable qualities. Her wonder accompanies her everyday experiences and thoughts, and her wisdom-loving moves in many directions.


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