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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Group Semester Program Language: English
GPA req.: 3.2 Housing: On campus residence hall
Program Description:
St. Andrews

Date: Fall or Spring Semester
Where: St Andrews, Scotland
Cost: Program fee is $7,000 and includes rail passes, housing, meals, and international health insurance
Deadline to apply: 3/15 for Fall application and 10/15 for Spring application

Courses Offered
Courses vary each semester depending on the traveling professor.

Additionally, students will select courses from the St Andrews catalogue, which is updated yearly. The list of courses offered at St Andrews that have pre-approvals are dependent upon the St Andrews course catalogue, which can be found at the following website -

Program Description
During the Baylor in St Andrews program, students will live and study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The European-style courses will develop each student's academic skills.

As a group semester abroad program, Baylor in St Andrews creates a unique community atmosphere. Participants will travel with other Baylor students and a Baylor faculty member.
The St Andrews semester study abroad program is especially designed for Baylor students who are interested in philosophy and religion and the intersection and manifestations in culture and history. All majors are welcome to apply. St Andrews has an outstanding international reputation and is especially strong in philosophy, religion, the classics history, art history, psychology and the sciences. Academically highly-motivated students in these departments and the Honors College are encouraged to apply.
Only serious students who have completed at least 30 hours at Baylor should apply. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA (this will be assessed at the end of each semester). Students must have a clear judicial record or consent to go by Baylor University. The program is limited to 20 students. Applications are accepted after an interview with the program director.

Students will be provided accommodations in the University of St Andrews residence halls. Baylor students will live in various residence halls as rooms are available. Students will not live with other Baylor students. They will room with Scottish and European students.

Almost all of the residence halls are located within the town within walking distance of the classrooms

Fall 2017 Information

Dates: September 8/9 to December 22, 2017

Students will take courses at the University of St Andrews and one course from the program director, Dr. McDaniel.

Dr. Charles McDaniel
Associate Professor, BIC

Director's Course:

BIC 4389: The Moral Ecology of Capitalism
This course explores the development of economic theory and practice in the context of evolving market structures and technological developments that are altering fundamental relationships— owner-asset, investor-community—and challenging assumptions of classical liberalism on which the market system is based. The development of modern capitalism from the period of the Scottish Enlightenment and, in particular, the contributions of David Hume and Adam Smith, is reconsidered in light of the global, “financialized” economy of today. The writings of notable economists such as J. M. Keynes and Milton Friedman will be discussed along with non-orthodox economic thinkers from the Austrian, Neo-institutional and Post-Keynesian schools. Important critiques— both secular and religious—of contemporary economic ethics in the work of development ethicists such as Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, as well as Christian and Islamic “economic theologians” such as William Cavanaugh and Mawlana Mawdudi, bring in diverse perspectives on economic life. A guiding question
for this course is to what extent the contemporary global economy is “morally” consistent with the foundations established in the Scottish Enlightenment.
Spring 2018 Information

Program Dates: Jan 23/24 - May 26, 2018

Program Director: John Haldane, FRSE
J. Newton Rayzon Sr Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Course: Religion and Society

The main aims of this course are to develop an understanding of the nature of society and of religion, as that may be drawn from the ideas of major thinkers, and an appreciation of the place of society and religion within the lives of individual human beings, and of the various ways in which society and religion interact, sometimes reinforcing, sometimes undermining one or other.

The course will give students an opportunity to pursue topics of study, within the syllabus, which relate students’ own background, experience and interests. It will develop multidisciplinary research and study skills through an emphasis on engaging with different kinds of texts and ways of thinking. It will also involve engagements beyond the classroom, and facilitate engagement with public debate about such topics as multiculturalism, reasonable disagreement, toleration and liberty of thought and practice.

Director's Course (cross-listed): PHI 4V99, HIS 4340
Full course description -
Haldane Religion and Society Course.pdf

Future program dates
Fall 2018: September 7/8 - December 21, 2018
Spring 2019: January 22/23 - May 24, 2019

Program Coordinator
Lexi English
Hankamer Academic Center, Suite 160.12

More about the University of St Andrews (courtesy of
The University of St Andrews was Scotland’s first university and only the third to be founded in the English-speaking world. It sits in the heart of the east coast town of the same name, in the Kingdom of Fife.

At a time when university status could only be conferred by the Pope, the then Bishop of St Andrews, Henry Wardlaw, sought a blessing from Pope Benedict XIII to establish a national university (most Scottish students in the middle ages were forced out of Oxford and Cambridge as a result of the Wars of Independence with England).

The papal blessing was granted in 1413, allowing the St Andrews school of higher studies, on the site of a former monastery, the authority to confer degrees.

Over 900 degree courses are now offered at the university, organised across four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, and Science.

About a third of its 8,000 students come from Scotland while just under half are international, hailing from 120 different countries in total, and the university has some of the lowest drop-out rates in the country.

In 1892, the institution accepted its first women students, at a time when the majority of British universities still did not.

The town of St Andrews is small – just 17,000 permanent residents live among protected conservation areas, meaning university staff along with 7,500 students makes up about half its population. The university itself refers to the ‘thee people rule’. Supposedly a student walking down the street in St Andrews is bound to know at least one in every three people they pass.

The institution even has its own wind farm, making St Andrews self-sufficient for electrical energy.Prominent St Andrew’s alumni include politician Alex Salmond, the inventor of logarithms John Napier, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine (née Middleton) Duchess of Cambridge.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/15/2017 01/25/2018 05/25/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA