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.
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 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.