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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Sep. 15, 2020
Dean's Update - September 15, 2020
Sometime in the late sixteenth century a new legend was adopted for the arms of the University of Oxford: Dominus illuminatio mea. These days one finds the motto not only on weathered stones and centuries-old wax seals, but on souvenir bookmarks, coffee mugs, and sweatshirts. In Broad Street’s gift shops, tourists from the world around buy such trinkets to commemorate their visit to a magnificent university. I admit occasionally handing over pound sterling notes, in sums I’d rather not tally, to purchase these academic talismans.
Sep. 1, 2020
Dean's Update - September 1, 2020
I recently read Alan Jacob’s new book, Breaking Bread with the Dead (Penguin, 2020). It exemplifies an appealing intellectual hospitality, laying out a feast of ideas in the company of everyone from Homer to Zadie Smith. Two thoughts recurred to me: what a generous way of thinking Alan commends, and what an important case he’s making to a wide audience for an education and a life we treasure.
Aug. 17, 2020
Dean's Update - August 17, 2020
In 2000, Sharon Daloz Parks described watching “young adults . . . reach for a place of belonging, integrity, and contribution that can anchor meaningful hope in themselves and our shared future—while the tides of globalization, cynicism, polarization, and consumerism, coupled with an uncertain economy and a shifting social-political milieu, play big roles in charting their course.” In 2020, what else can one say in response but that the more things change, the more they stay the same?
Aug. 3, 2020
Dean's Update - August 3, 2020
Albert Raboteau moved me to tears the first time I heard him speak. My tears were borne of overflowing admiration, regret, conviction, sympathy, and solidarity, all prompted by a talk on “African American Slaves, Christianity, and the Mystery of Suffering.” In our nation’s ongoing reckoning with evils past and present, I’ve thought often of Al, a man whose father a white man murdered in 1940s Mississippi, who suffered the injustices of segregation, and who could not receive communion in his church until white parishioners had been served first.
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