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DR. CAROLE STONEKING was appointed Dean of the David R. Hayworth College of Arts & Sciences in 2006 after serving for many years as the Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Dean Stoneking earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College, and a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Duke University.

High Point University is proud of its historic commitment to a liberal arts education that furnishes our graduates with the broad knowledge, transferable skills, ethics and values they will need to become accomplished and responsible citizens. Anchored in the liberal arts tradition, HPU’s David R. Hayworth College of Arts & Sciences continues to innovate, advancing new educational methods and degree programs that equip our graduates to thrive in a rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected world. Twenty-first century education faces challenges that were unheard of a generation or two ago. Colleges and universities must adapt to patterns of work and life in which most graduates leave their first job within three years. Within five years, more than half of today’s college freshmen will work in jobs that do not currently exist, just as “social media director” and “cloud computing consultant” did not exist a decade ago. By focusing on the development of critical reasoning, research and communication skills, a liberal arts education provides an ideal preparation for today’s workplace, where employers increasingly search for workers who combine in-depth knowledge with excellent problem solving and analytic capabilities. In both our general education core and our degree programs, students acquire and practice the knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential for success in today’s global economy. The David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences programs engage students in collaborative problem solving, internships, research and creative works and community engagement in which students apply theory to practice, gaining valuable real-world experience. In addition, HPU’s liberal arts education enriches our students’ lives by making them more aware of the rich panoply of the human experience and more appreciative of the wonder and mystery of nature. A liberal arts education does not end with our graduation exercises at Commencement; instead, it encourages a lifelong journey of learning, adapting and innovating values that accrue in a life well-lived. Thank you for considering High Point University and the David R. Hayworth College of Arts & Sciences. After looking closely at the programs and departments featured in this brochure, I am sure you will appreciate just how extraordinary our university is.

Dr. Carole Stoneking Dean, David R. Hayworth College of Arts & Sciences cstoneki@highpoint.edu
























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Political Science SHAPE THE FUTURE Political science majors develop the transferrable research, writing and analytical skills necessary to excel in a changing world. Coursework includes seminars that examine how political scientists analyze and propose solutions to social, economic and political problems. Other courses engage students with many facets of American and international politics. Senior political science majors complete a capstone project through a semester-long internship or an in-depth research project in an advanced seminar. Additional opportunities include off campus study in the U.S. and abroad, political internships and work as research assistants on HPU and governmentfunded projects. Recent graduates now have titles like Chief of Staff, Vice President, Senior Analyst and Judicial Law Clerk. Some pursue graduate and law degrees at prestigious schools such as George Washington University, New York University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Others directly enter the workforce, applying their knowledge in the military, U.S. Congress, advocacy organizations, consulting firms, or the nonprofit sector.

International Relations CROSS BOUNDARIES High Point University’s interdisciplinary major in international relations helps students develop a deep and nuanced understanding of the cultural, economic and political forces that shape relations among different regions and nations. The program combines perspectives of four disciplines: economics, foreign languages, history and political science. Majors develop one or more areas of expertise and are invited to pursue original research and internship opportunities with a variety of international organizations, institutions or agencies. Many international relations students earn credit toward their major while studying abroad for a semester, an experience that prepares them well to thrive in diverse workplaces. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers, and its recent alumni include individuals serving in the Peace Corps, working on Capitol Hill and in the military as well as graduates pursuing advanced degrees in law, political science and international relations.

Sociology and Anthropology THINK GLOBALLY The sociology and anthropology major at High Point University provides students with a global understanding of human behavior. Through coursework and hands-on learning experiences, students apply sociological and anthropological theories and methodologies to critically assess situations, beliefs, policies and practices. The program’s emphasis on practical application means that students also learn how to identify solutions to social problems and facilitate positive change at both the organizational and societal levels. Students are challenged to question their assumptions about cultural differences, to think globally and to engage in thoughtful reflection in their place in the world. “I was able to gain the leadership and communication skills to help me in any situation that could arise in the real world, in part due to outstanding faculty and peers. They provided me with the support and encouragement to seek topics that intrigued me intellectually and follow those interests no matter how difficult the road ahead may seem.” —K  yle Grusholt, ‘14, now attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law


Psychology EXPLORE NEW PATHS Students in High Point University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in psychology have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the discipline, with both introductory and in-depth exploration into subfields of psychology including biopsychology, human development, abnormal psychology, perception, cognition, social and personality. With a strong emphasis on research methodology, psychology majors learn to synthesize information, think critically and adapt to the changing demands of research and experimentation. Students also have the opportunity to pursue research-focused mentorship with faculty, complete internships and participate in study abroad opportunities. The psychology major prepares students for a wide range of careers in fields such as business, education and human relations, or for graduate studies (in areas such as clinical, developmental, cognitive or industrial/organizational psychology) or a professional school.

Criminal Justice High Point University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in criminal justice enables students to explore fundamental questions about human behavior, the nature of crime and the rationales for punishment, treatment and rehabilitation. The program combines engaging classroom lectures with opportunities for students to apply textbook principles to scenarios typically faced by criminal justice professionals. Hands-on opportunities include mock crime scene investigations and mock trials. Students are challenged to explore strategies for addressing complex social problems such as violence, drugs, gangs, sexual assault, juvenile delinquency and terrorism. The curriculum includes coursework in human behavior, social policies, forensics, counseling, trials, rehabilitation, research and management. These opportunities prepare graduates for a wide range of justice-related careers, including federal investigations and homeland security, state and city police work, legal careers, forensics, social work, and law or graduate school.

Students analyze a mock crime science in HPU’s Crime Lab.

Nonprofit Leadership and Management The nonprofit leadership and management major equips students with theoretical as well as practical knowledge about how nonprofit organizations operate. Students learn about the needs that nonprofits fulfill and learn to assess organizational capacities using research, analytical skills and problemsolving strategies. Students also explore different approaches to leadership and team development through hands-on coursework and participatory exercises. Students develop their own leadership potential through a series of courses, which include practicum and internship experiences, where they work directly with nonprofit professionals. Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of positions within the nonprofit community—from public relations and fundraising to program development and management. Some recent graduates have also opted to pursue graduate degrees in public policy and related areas.

Human Relations The human relations major is a dynamic academic program that fosters interpersonal effectiveness for individuals, groups, and organizations. Through a rigorous academic program, students learn to think critically and problem solve while developing competency in interpersonal communication, group and team dynamics, organizational behavior, leadership, conflict resolution, project management and public relations. Students have the opportunity to engage in study abroad, service learning, and independent research projects. A program highlight is the academic internship that provides students with a growing professional network and experience as well as, quite often, a full-time position upon graduation.



BREKK HAYWARD, ‘18, is all about Wisconsin, her home state. And yet, she went 851 miles east for school. When she did, she found High Point University. She graduated with a major in actuarial science and three minors in Spanish, statistics and finance. She is a Presidential Scholar, a stellar student and a campus leader. Hayward founded the Actuarial Science Club and became its first president. She tutored students in business calculus, mathematical ideas and probability. When it came time to interview for her post-graduation journey, she had three job offers in one week and accepted a job as a property & casualty actuarial analyst with Milliman, a 71-year-old actuarial consulting firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a half hour from her house. In every job interview, Hayward talked about her internships and her campus activities. As she did, she discovered one of the intangibles of HPU. The campus gave her confidence. “The tangible thing with college is that you go to get a job, and with three job offers in one week, I felt accomplished,” she says. “But High Point University prepared me for so many other things in life.”


MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers flexible degree options for students interested in mathematics, statistics and their applications to other fields. Focused coursework within the discipline is balanced with a liberal arts curriculum, designed to foster a commitment to learning, both within the major and beyond.


Actuarial Science 

The mathematics program at High Point University introduces students to the logic and foundations of mathematics, enabling them to develop skills in problem solving as well as deductive and analytical reasoning – skills that are in high demand in many of today’s most sought-after career fields. The B.A. provides a solid foundation in mathematics and an introduction to computer science, together with the flexibility to pursue other academic interests, such as a double major or secondary teaching licensure. The B.S. provides additional depth and breadth in mathematics and physics, preparing students for graduate school, industry or professional school.

Actuaries are mathematically-minded professionals who use statistics to assess and manage risk for companies in many industries. Students are trained in a variety of methods in mathematics, statistics, economics, and business. In addition to traditional coursework, our program prepares students to pass the first two professional exams from the Society of Actuaries.

NICK ZAYATZ, ’16 has an app for you. During his junior year at HPU, he design an app called, “Album Pop”, that helped users create an album cover in three easy steps. After uploading a photo, adding a filter and entering custom text, the creation could be used as art for an album or mix tape, or it can be shared through social media. Zayatz, a computer science and mathematics major from Columbia, Maryland, collaborated on the app with his friend Terrance Diggs, who was a junior graphic design major at Towson University. He says he created the app as a way to learn Swift, Apple’s programming language. It also provided a solution he couldn’t find elsewhere on the app store.

Data Analytics and Statistics  Data is everywhere, and this program is designed for students eager to master the technology, statistical analyses and quantitative methods necessary to identify and analyze patterns, trends and associations in large data sets. Students take courses in mathematics and statistics, with statistics courses focusing on the use of R and SAS, the industry standard statistical computing system for financial institutions.

Mathematical Economics  Economics is no longer as simple as “supply and demand.” Economics is becoming an increasingly technical field that makes use of almost every area of mathematics. A solid background in mathematics will give those wishing to excel in economics-related professions a distinct advantage over the competition. Techniques mastered in mathematics and statistics courses provide the tools necessary to gain a rich understanding of economic models and the confidence to apply mathematics to real world applications.



High Point University students (pictured above) had the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland as a part of their “Maymester” literature course by touring historically and culturally significant sites within Scotland. The class visited sites such as Edinburgh, Abbotsford, Ashton Lane Glasgow, Peebles, Melrose, Alloway and Dumfries, to name a few. They also heard lectures from renowned scholars of Scottish literature at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow.



THINK CREATIVELY Twenty-first century professions demand a more sophisticated understanding of texts and the contexts that produce them. High Point University’s Department of English prepares students to become creative thinkers and communicators who can thrive in a global information economy. Students may choose a major in either literature or writing or a minor in literature, creative writing, or public and professional writing. All classes emphasize the research and evaluation of information, ethical practice and the human connection achieved through reading and writing. The department has academically distinguished and professionally active faculty — writers and scholars whose publications and research programs are directly related to their teaching and who are dedicated to mentoring students. All English majors work one-on-one with a faculty member to create a senior portfolio, a selective body of work individually designed to help the student achieve his or her creative, academic and professional goals.

PREPARE FOR A CHANGING WORLD The history major at High Point University prepares students for a changing world by helping them understand their place within the broader human experience. Students develop essential skills in research, analysis, writing and communications that will enrich not only their minds, but also prepare them for virtually any career, from business and the law to academia. History students learn to think critically, analyze complex issues and discover meaningful insights. Through a broad range of courses in both public and oral history, students gain a rich and nuanced understanding of the past. Students also have the opportunity to pursue collaborative research with faculty mentors. The department sponsors the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society, the history club and the annual Rothenberg Seminar, which brings some of the world’s leading authorities on military history to campus.


HPU students enjoyed visiting Machu Picchu on their Maymester trip abroad.

World Languages, Literatures and Cultures COMMUNICATE ACROSS CULTURES The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at High Point University is committed to preparing students to be effective communicators within our global community and fostering awareness of cultural differences. Majors in French/Francophone Studies and Spanish are offered, as well as minors in Chinese, East Asian Studies and Spanish, plus several levels of instruction in German, Italian and Russian. The department works closely with programs across the University, offering the language courses required for completion of the international business major and K–12 certification, as well as language courses to complement majors in international relations and Latin American studies. Certificate programs are also offered. Additionally, the department offers foreign language courses to complement any major. While many alumni have pursued graduate study in fields such as French, international affairs, international business, international development and economics, others have accepted positions in business, politics and teaching.

HPU Religion students make cultural connections in Israel

HPU students study animal behavior during their adventure through South Africa

A visit to Pisa concludes the ‘Tour of Italy’ study abroad experience for HPU students


Music High Point University’s Department of Music reflects the highest standards in collegiate music instruction. Its innovative approach to teaching music integrates the disciplines of music theory, music history, aural skills and music literature into a four-semester sequence of core classes. These core classes offer a breadth of knowledge as well as the opportunity to explore core elements of the discipline, combined with opportunities to apply theoretical concepts to musical performances. Students are equipped to pursue their musical studies in a holistic manner and to apply what they learn to their own instruments and performances. They are challenged not only to refine their technical skills through lessons and ensemble participation, but also to improve their musicianship through solo and ensemble performances. The flexible curriculum allows students to choose complementary emphases in areas such as music business, jazz studies, sacred music, musical theatre, opera, music technology or music education. Students participate in a variety of university-sponsored and outside ensembles, both within the Piedmont Triad area and beyond. For example, as part of a Global Experience course, students traveled across Italy, performing at some of the country’s most renowned cathedrals and basilicas, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, Siena Cathedral, Santa Maria dei Ricci and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. HPU choral students have also performed at New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall. Graduates are well prepared for careers in music, teaching or other professions, or to continue their studies at the graduate level.

Philosophy THINK CRITICALLY The philosophy major at High Point University encompasses a balanced curriculum that spans the discipline of philosophic inquiry and is structured around five core areas of philosophy: ancient, medieval, modern, contemporary continental and contemporary Anglo-American. Courses in these areas provide the foundation for the study of ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, critical thinking and aesthetics. The department’s course offerings in logic focus on the development of critical thinking skills. These courses are central to the major but also popular with non-majors. The department also has a wealth of offerings in ethics, including courses in environmental, social, family, bio-medical and business ethics. A major in philosophy offers a high degree of flexibility that allows students to specialize or complement their studies in philosophy with a second major.


Theatre and Dance


The Department of Theatre and Dance at High Point University offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree that combines rigorous course work with practical production experiences, enabling students to explore the many facets of the theatre world. The theatre major also fosters creativity and collaboration while building effective communication skills as students complete foundational courses in all areas of the theatre arts. Majors also identify an area of emphasis for deeper exploration:

EXAMINE DEEPLY High Point University’s major in religion fosters reflective engagement with some of the world’s most powerful texts, practices, institutions and ideas. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in religion prepares students to pose important questions and empowers them with the critical thinking skills necessary to identify meaningful and nuanced answers to those questions. The curriculum is organized into four areas: biblical studies, ethics, Christian history and theology and world religions. As a part of their major, religion students are encouraged to select a thematic focus that corresponds with their professional goals and personal interests. Students are then able to undertake independent explorations that further their growth, both as scholars and as individuals.





Performance Emphasis — For students who are primarily interested in acting. Design/Technical Emphasis — For students primarily interested in the design and technical aspects of theatre. Dramatic Writing Emphasis — For students interested in playwriting and screenwriting; this option includes co-curricular coursework in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication and the English department. Collaborative Theatre Emphasis — For students interested in playwriting, directing, production and arts administration.

Theatre graduates gain the knowledge, experience and creative mindset necessary for positions in the professional theatre, graduate study, specialized professional training or a variety of related careers. The HPU Department of Theatre has been named one of the Top 10 B.A. Theatre programs in the nation by OnStage, a theatre-focused blog with a readership of more than two million people.

Graduate studies are often the goal of religion majors. Recent graduates have continued their studies at such prestigious universities as Duke, Emory, Harvard, Princeton and Wake Forest. DR. CLINT CORCORAN, Chair of the Departments of Religion and Philosophy, believes that study in the arts and humanities helps students lead a life of character and purpose. Dr. Corcoran exemplifies the enthusiasm with which HPU’s faculty strive to transform the University’s classrooms into welcoming spaces for student inquiry and exploration. Dr. Corcoran received his Ph.D. from Emory University and his B.A. from Skidmore, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most distinguished honors society.





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