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 all 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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Jul. 16, 2019
Honors College Appoints New Associate Dean
Dr. Julia Dyson Hejduk, the Reverend Jacob Beverly Stiteler Professor of Classics, is joining us in the role of Associate Dean. An accomplished scholar and teacher, Dr. Hejduk has proven herself a wonderful partner in the HC’s work over many years, teaching countless honors sections of Latin I and II, as well as routinely directing theses of our outstanding students. Enrollment management, scholarship administration, and faculty research support number among her Associate Dean responsibilities. She will undoubtedly contribute in many other ways through her fine judgment and good offices.
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May 16, 2019
Baylor Honors College Junior in STEM Field Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
Micheal Munson, a junior University Scholar from Cupertino, California has been awarded the Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Munson is concentrating his studies in biochemistry and mathematics.
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May 8, 2019
Honors College Associate Dean Receives Baylor Award
Congratulations to Dr. Bill Neilson! Dr. Neilson, Associate Dean of the Honors College and former Chief Medical Officer of Baptist St. Anthony's Health System, has received Baylor's Outstanding Faculty Award. This award is given within the Schools of Education, Music, College of Health and Human Sciences, Social Work, Truett Seminary, the Libraries, the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, and the Honors College. Sic 'em, Dr. Neilson!
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Apr. 18, 2019
Notre Dame’s burning should awaken us to a more eternal culture
In his book Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture, the contemporary Japanese-American painter Makoto Fujimura describes an experience of attending a Fra Angelico exhibit at the Met. Staggered by art from the 15th century, he posed to himself the "500 year question": What makes it possible for art to continue to have an impact five centuries after it was created.
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