A common thread across the Baylor undergraduate educational experience—from business to nursing, arts to sciences, education to social work—is that students are engaged beyond the classroom. Whether through research, global engagement, internships, professional practice, civic involvement, or other educational initiatives beyond the classroom, engaged learning is a hallmark of the Baylor experience.
Engaged learning is learning that is active, experiential, often unscripted, and oriented toward the common good, allowing students to discover and apply knowledge in spaces beyond the traditional classroom. Engaged learning is, on the one hand, about developing experiences beyond the classroom so that the transition from Baylor to the world beyond it is a seamless one. At the same time, engaged learning is much more. It involves forming students for "worldwide leadership and service," helping them develop an imagination for how to orient both their learning and their lives toward what the world needs from them. Engaged learning is about helping students develop character and purpose, but not just for themselves. It is about equipping them to navigate and transform the cultural, social, economic, and political contexts around them so that they might help to create a world that is more just, fair, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable—one in which all flourishing is mutual. Engaged learning at Baylor is, in short, learning in service of the greater good.