Honors College Programs & Majors Overview
Established in 2002, the Baylor University Honors College encompasses two distinct programs -- the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and the Honors Program -- and two distinct majors -- Great Texts and University Scholars. The 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. Students of the Honors College learn to see connections between different courses and disciplines, between what goes on in the classroom and the lives they pursue outside class, and between the life of the intellect and the life of faith.
Students enjoy a high level of interaction with our nationally recognized faculty. In small, writing-intensive courses, they develop the arts of verbal and written expression; they pursue creative projects and independent research; they participate in national and international conferences and in study-abroad programs across the globe. Students are thus prepared to enter both the job market and the most competitive graduate programs in law, medicine, and the humanities.
Students of the Honors College are members of one or more of our programs/majors. Entrance into the Honors College is by way of a program/major. Below is a brief description of each.
- Great Texts: Great Texts is offered as a major and minor. Students pursuing this path read foundational works of literature, theology, and philosophy -- from Antiquity to the present -- in small, dynamic, seminar-style classes. The curriculum aims to broaden each student's background in the liberal arts, teaching them how to think critically, ask questions, and sharpen their verbal and written communication skills...traits necessary for any future profession or graduate field of study. Many students choose a double-major in Great Texts as a complement to another more traditional course of study (e.g., the B.A. in Political Science, Biology, Classics or English). And, the Great Texts minor offers B.S. candidates the perfect opportunity to round out their education by receiving a solid grounding in the liberal arts.
- University Scholars: This is the most selective undergraduate academic program at Baylor that generally accepts 50 students per incoming class, less than 2 percent of the University's entering students. Many University Scholars qualify as National Merit Finalists, and all consistently rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class, with an average SAT score near 1400. This major is for students who have a diverse range of interests. University Scholars take a variety of upper-level courses in areas such as history, classics, biology, art, film, music, biochemistry, English, languages, mathematics, etc. It is an opportunity to pursue an individualized course of study with the advice of a program director, in addition to taking a three-course sequence in Great Texts, creating an independent reading list, and submitting a senior thesis. (Students who are University Scholars majors and who also are enrolled in the Honors Program submit only one senior thesis, not two.)
No matter where you are or where you plan on going, the Baylor University Honors College is the place where you can grow and learn how to get there. If you're ready to take up the journey, submit your Baylor application, and then use your application ID to begin your Honors College application.