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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Oct. 15, 2019
Interim Dean's Update - October 15, 2019
During this past weekend’s full slate of Homecoming activities, my thoughts turned to P.F. Kluge’s Alma Mater: A College Homecoming. The book paints a nostalgic picture of Kluge’s year-long return to his alma mater, Kenyon College, located in rural Ohio “on a wooded hillside with grand Gothic architecture” and featuring “liberal arts education in pure form.” Near the book’s end, Kluge vividly remembers his graduation some thirty years before:
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Oct. 7, 2019
Faculty Panel on Civil Discourse
In case you missed Monday’s faculty panel on civil discourse as part of the Baylor Conversation Series, I would encourage you to listen to this thought-provoking event here. Drs. Elesha Coffman (history), David D. Corey (political science), Greg Garrett (English) and Leslie Hahner (communication) provided some great insights as we work together campus-wide in improving our abilities to communicate with one another across ideological boundaries.
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Oct. 1, 2019
Interim Dean's Update - October 1, 2019
I beamed with pride last week at the public interview of New York Times columnist David Brooks that was conducted hospitably and insightfully by our colleague Alan Jacobs, distinguished professor of the humanities in the Honors Program.
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Sep. 15, 2019
Interim Dean's Update - September 15, 2019
Among many memorable reveries in St. Augustine’s Confessions, one addressing friendship often comes to my mind and always inspires: "All kinds of things rejoiced my soul in their company—to talk and laugh and do each other kindnesses; read pleasant books together, pass from lightest jesting to talk of the deepest things and back again; differ without rancor, as a man might differ with himself, and when most rarely dissension arose find our normal agreement all the sweeter for it; teach each other or learn from each other . . . ."
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