"True enlargement of the mind is the power of viewing many things at once as one whole, of understanding their respective values, and determining their mutual dependence. That perfection of the intellect, which is the result of education, is the clear, calm, accurate vision and comprehension of all things, as far as the finite mind can embrace them, each in its place, and with its characteristics upon it."
–John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University
The Baylor University Honors College strives to achieve what Newman calls the “perfection of the intellect,” the breadth of understanding gained through a rigorous and holistic education. Distinct academic disciplines with their own subject matters and methods of inquiry are integral parts of the modern university. Interdisciplinary learning aims to expand students' intellectual horizons and help them to see particular branches of study in relation to one another and to the whole of human inquiry. Ultimately, the intellectual virtues cultivated by a broad education are ordered toward loving God and our neighbor, and the Honors College strives to integrate a university education with the Christian life.
The Honors College brings together four innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate programs -- the Honors Program, University Scholars, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and Great Texts. What unites the four programs is their shared commitment to providing students the opportunity to pursue the sorts of questions that often fall between the cracks of the specialized disciplines, to investigate the writings of scientists along with the writings of poets, historians, and philosophers.