The Honors College

The Baylor University Honors College strives to educate students with a view toward loving truth, kindling faith, cultivating virtue in friendship, study, and service to Christ and neighbor, with the breadth of understanding gained through a rigorous and holistic education.

Interdisciplinary learning aims to expand students’ intellectual horizons and help them to see specific branches of study in relation to one another and to the whole of human inquiry. The Honors College is committed to cultivating students as whole persons, integrating a university education with Christian life, and is committed to providing its students with outstanding opportunities for research in their chosen fields. Professors who are distinguished scholars in the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical sciences engage students in a rich liberal arts education and mentor and guide students in their high-level research. Members of the College learn, grow, and challenge one another through study and conversation. The Honors College community takes inspiration from the College’s motto, drawn from St. Anselm’s words, Fides quaerens intellectum (“Faith seeking understanding”).

The Honors College brings together four innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate programs: the University Scholars and Great Texts majors, the Honors Program, and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. The four programs share a commitment to address the difficult questions that often fall between the cracks of specialized disciplines. They also encourage students to grow in habits of mind – e.g., intellectual virtues such as humility and wonder – that help all better pursue knowledge and truth.

  • The Honors Program offers smaller, distinctive classes and encourages an in-depth approach to learning with close faculty contact. The hallmark of the program is a thesis completed in collaboration with a faculty member toward the end of each student’s degree.
  • The University Scholars major allows students to create an individualized curriculum with the support of a faculty advisor, concentrating in two or more academic disciplines to prepare them for their post-baccalaureate goals. All students are members of the Honors Program and complete a thesis. University Scholars is the most selective undergraduate major at Baylor, built on the study of the Liberal Arts & Sciences. University Scholar students represent approximately 2 percent of Baylor’s incoming class and often include National Merit Finalists.
  • The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core offers an interdisciplinary focus that allows students to explore the interrelationship of the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences through an alternate core curriculum that offers small, seminar-style classes with an integrated and global approach to learning. Students are part of a cohort for the first two years in which classes are team-taught by professors across disciplines.
  • Great Texts offers both a major and a minor that give students practical skills through life-changing encounters with foundational works of literature, theology, and philosophy in small, seminar-style classes. The curriculum also includes the study of the fine arts and the history and philosophy of science, with a flexibility that allows ample time to pursue optional pre-professional tracks.
Programs and Majors

Each Baylor University degree includes three parts: a core, a major, and supplementary opportunities. The four distinct Honors College programs fit into these different aspects of the Baylor experience in the following ways: University Scholars and Great Texts (majors); the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (general education/core); and the Honors Program (supplementary opportunity).

The Honors Residential College

The Honors Residential College is a multiyear 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 and is located in Alexander and Memorial Halls.