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.

Benefits

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. 18, 2021
Dean's Update - January 18, 2021
Out of the depths of vital Christian faith, MLK, Jr.'s service in the cause of social justice was rooted, grew up, and flowered. His sermons are of course a great source of insight into that faith. So also are his prayers, which are governed by the grammar of Christian faith as he praises God, confesses weakness and failure, pleas for help, seeks deliverance and guidance, gives thanks, and waits upon the Lord. His praying goes hand in hand with his public, prophetic witness.
Dec. 1, 2020
Dean's Update - December 1, 2020
The Continental Congress of 1777 issued the first national proclamation of Thanksgiving. It set aside December 18, one week before Christmas, as a day of corporate gratitude. Almost all of the proclamation is conveyed in a single, 373-word sentence.
Nov. 19, 2020
Baylor Honors College Professor Produces Award-Winning Documentary
Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, Associate Professor of Great Texts and Creative Writing, recently produced Five Years North, a meaningful perspective on immigration in the United States. Although it is in early screening stages, the film has already won the Rhode Island International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and has qualified for the Academy Awards. The production team has also just been selected as finalists for the Dupont-Columbia awards in journalism, alongside the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and Netflix. This documentary is sure to cultivate meaningful conversation around the complex immigration issue.
Nov. 16, 2020
Dean's Update - November 16, 2020
My eclectic reading practices were recently rewarded by Antonia Arslan’s Skylark Farm, a first novel described by one reviewer as “heartbreaking . . . powerfully unflinching . . . like [an Armenian] Schindler’s List.” A work of historical fiction intimately connected with her own family story, Arslan explores the twentieth-century’s first genocide, in which appalling terror was visited upon the Armenian Christian minority then living in the Ottoman Empire.
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