For over 90 years, High Point University has honored its founding commitment to empowering individuals with extensive knowledge and transferable skills, while cultivating social responsibility in the context of articulated and applied ethics and values. As the university’s home for the basic disciplines of human knowledge, the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences models and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical reflection, ethical deliberation, and aesthetic appreciation. The College of Arts and Sciences embodies the liberal arts philosophy of education and the complementary Methodist values of reason, tradition, experience, and service.
The liberal arts form the intellectual foundation for a well-lived life. Their overarching aim is to enable students to explore the various ways humans have interacted with their physical and social environments through the arts and literature; philosophical, religious, and historical inquiry; scientific and mathematical reasoning; and social-scientific analysis. A liberal arts education develops critical thinking skills, information literacy, and cultural competency. It also helps learners master the oral and written communication skills they will need for ethical action in an interdependent and diverse world.
In addition to the humanities and science disciplines that traditionally belong to the liberal arts, the College of Arts and Sciences also houses selected pre-professional programs. Anchored in the liberal arts, these programs develop students’ intellectual capacities before they enter their chosen careers, encouraging our graduates to pursue career success with thoughtfulness, resourcefulness, and social responsibility.
The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences contributes to High Point University’s intellectual environment by being excellent teachers and mentors and by adding to the world’s wealth of knowledge and free expression through widely disseminated research, scholarship, and creative work. The faculty also believes that success for our students extends far beyond their career aspirations. Our graduates emerge from their liberal arts education transformed: inward and reflective, ready to pursue the common good, and inspired to lead meaningful lives.