Humanities Research Fellows is a cohort-based program gathered around an interdisciplinary group of faculty. These outstanding faculty members are dedicated to helping high-ability students build individualized courses of study that are focused, flexible, and grounded by research-based continuity.
With a focus on the contemporary importance of the humanities for understanding and engaging the major challenges we face today, Humanities Research Fellows majors will also have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge interdisciplinary developments in digital humanities, medical humanities, public humanities, and environmental humanities. The major is flexible enough to serve those seeking to go on to medical or law school while remaining focused on the human flourishing those professions are designed to champion.
The Humanities Research Fellows major is focused on the contemporary importance of the humanities for understanding and engaging the major challenges we face today. To facilitate a common conversation within the cohort, students take a common core that builds a solid general humanities foundation.
Humanities Research Fellows have exceptional flexibility in selecting the trajectory of their coursework and research:
- At least 42 hours of humanities electives can be taken in Art and Art History, Classics, Communications, English, Film and Digital Media, Great Texts, History, Interdisciplinary Programs, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre.
- An additional 47 hours of electives are entirely open, which can be organized either around a student’s interest in a particular theme or topic or to satisfy the requirements of a second major.
Fellows in the program share a series of courses that prepare them for individualized research, beginning with a special section of English 1310 (Writing and Academic Inquiry) in the first year and a Humanities Lab in the second year –– all of which culminates in a Humanities Capstone research project in the final year. Throughout the program, a faculty team advises and assists students in finding research opportunities with appropriate faculty across the humanities.
Though not a requirement, most Humanities Fellows have a:
● SAT Math/Verbal score of 1430 (on the new SAT, taken on or after March 2016) or above
● ACT Composite score of 32 or above
● High Class Ranking (top three percent)
● National Merit Status
Application for the Humanities Research Fellows major must follow an invitation through goBAYLOR, once a student has been accepted into Baylor University. Response to essay prompt, class rank, GPA, and SAT/ACT scores (if included in application) are considered when determining admission to the Humanities Research Fellows major.
Maintaining Fellows Status
To remain in and graduate from the program, Fellow must maintain a 3.5 minimum grade point average. If released from the program, students must then fulfill the general requirements of the university in addition to the requirements for a major.
Requirements for a Major in Humanities Research Fellows
The requirement for minimum hours for the degree, advanced credit, and residence are the same as for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
|A minimum GPA of 3.5 must be maintained at all times for continuation in the Humanities Research Fellows program.|
|Two semesters of Chapel|
|REL 1310||The Christian Scriptures||3|
|REL 1350||The Christian Heritage||3|
|HIS 1300||The United States in Global Perspective||3|
|ENG 2310||American Literary Cultures||3|
|PSC 1387||The U.S. Constitution, Its Interpretation, and the American Political Experience||3|
|Creative Arts Experience|
|Attend twelve events|
Students are required to attend 12 approved events with at least 2 events from each of the following categories: Art, Film, Music, Theatre, and Literature/World Cultures.
|Ideas in Mathematics|
|Introduction to Human Evolution|
|Introduction to Archaeology|
|Modern Concepts of Bioscience|
and Modern Concepts of Bioscience Laboratory
|Modern Concepts of Bioscience, continued|
and Modern Concepts of Bioscience Laboratory
|Current Issues in Human Biology|
|Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts I|
|Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts II|
|Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
|Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
|Exploring Environmental Issues|
and An Introduction to Environmental Analysis (Lab)
and Wildlife Ecology Laboratory Exercises
|Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters|
|The Dynamic Earth|
|Gems and Minerals|
|Introduction to Neuroscience|
and Introduction to Neuroscience Laboratory
|Light, Vision and Optics|
|Sound and Acoustics|
|General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences I|
|General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences II|
|General Physics I|
|General Physics II|
|Foundations of Astronomy|
|Foreign Language and Culture (Two to Four Courses)||6-12|
|Complete one Modern or Classical language through the 2320 level. To meet this requirement, students must (1) attain an appropriate level of proficiency and (2) complete at least 6 hours in residence, which can be selected from the A&S Foreign Language and Cultures Distribution List.|
|Humanities Research Fellows Requirements|
|ENG 1310||Writing and Academic Inquiry Seminars||3|
|PPS 1100||Introduction to Citizenship and Community Service||1|
|HF 2301||Humanities Lab||3|
|HF 4395||Humanities Capstone||3|
|Complete two eighteen hour minors chosen from the following departments: Art and Art History, Classics, Communications, English, Film and Digital Media, History, Interdisciplinary Programs, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre|
|Complete One eighteen-hour minor (from the following departments: Art and Art History, Classics, Communications, English, Film and Digital Media, History, Interdisciplinary Programs, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre) and one twelve-hour Arts & Sciences certificate. If this option is selected, six hours of additional humanities electives must be completed.|
Humanities Research Fellows (HF)
An interdisciplinary, team-taught course organized around a central theme designed to introduce various approaches to research in the humanities.
Seminar for Humanities Research Fellows to distill, synthesize, and present results of undergraduate research trajectory in a singular project using a format appropriate to the respective research.