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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Jan. 16, 2023
Dean's Update - January 16, 2023
The deliverance of the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage joins the Abrahamic covenant and the giving of the law at Sinai as a defining encounter of the Hebrews with the Lord, the one “who brought [them] out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” The Exodus, and especially the Passover, thus shaped the faith Jesus’s first disciples, as it should ours too. Yet the late Al Raboteau points out that not all Christians have thought alike about the Exodus, especially in American political history.
Dec. 12, 2022
Baylor Senior Awarded Prestigious British Marshall Scholarship
WACO, Texas (Dec. 12, 2022) – Baylor University senior Lauren Jarvis, a University Scholar from Boerne, Texas, has been selected as one of only 40 high-achieving students nationwide – and one of only two students from Texas universities – to receive the prestigious 2023 Marshall Scholarship.
Dec. 6, 2022
Dr. Jonathan Tran Appointed Associate Dean
It is my joy to announce Dr. Jonathan Tran’s appointment as an associate dean in the Honors College, effective January 1, 2023. In this connection, he will hold a tenured faculty appointment in the Great Texts Program.
Nov. 16, 2022
Dean's Update - November 15, 2022
Next week brings us to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are blessings within the Honors College for which I’m thankful. I’m thankful for you, a faculty and staff who are known for ability, brilliance, character, dedication, effectiveness, faith—I could easily carry on through the rest of the alphabet, but you get the point.


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