Step 1. Compiling the Reading List
During their first year year, Scholars work to compile the Independent Reading List for the Exit Interview they will take during the fall of their third year. Scholars choose from a list of approved texts, each of which has been assigned a number of Reading Units (RUs). (Some lengthy works on the list have been assigned an RU range instead of a single RU value. Directors may approve selections from these works and assign an RU value based on the amount of material read.) The Independent Reading List should total approximately 15 RUs in each of three periods: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, and Modern for a total of 45 RUs.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the Independent Reading List for more information about selecting texts.
Since the independent readings are intended to broaden the Scholar’s knowledge, selections must be limited to 3 or, in rare instances, 4 Reading Units by the same author. (Concentrated readings in one author should be reserved for the senior thesis.) The reading selections are not required to reflect a student’s concentration, but they should set an agenda for personal enrichment during the Scholar’s undergraduate years.
Scholars must send their reading list to University_Scholars@Baylor.edu in the spring of their first year or at their first advisement appointment if they enter the program at a later date.
Scholars should follow the standard format provided in the Independent Reading List Template. To be official, the list must be signed and dated by both student and director. If students wish to make subsequent changes, they must submit a new list with changes noted for approval.
Note: When composing your Independent Reading List, please take care to select texts that you are not reading in a course.
University Scholars who entered in 2017 and 2018
Scholars who entered in 2017 and 2018 (prior to 2019) have a slightly different set of guidelines. These scholars may include a small selection of texts (up to 20 RUs) read in GTX 2301 and GTX 2302, which should be highlighted on red, following the Independent Reading List Template (prior to 2019). These students should also consult these Guidelines for the Independent Reading List for University Scholars who entered 2019 or later when compiling their list.