HPU Expands Academic Lineup With Women’s And Gender Studies Minor

Posted on June 14, 2011.

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 14, 2011 – In an effort to continue expanding the curriculum at High Point University, a new minor program – Women’s and Gender Studies – will be offered at the start of the Fall 2011 semester.

The program, which is directed by Dr. Judy Isaksen and Dr. Pamela Hedrick, offers courses that address issues of women and gender, and focuses on the perspectives and practices of women and men in society within both historical and contemporary contexts.

Students will take one core course titled “Women, Gender, and Culture” along with four electives that can be chosen from various departments, including courses from the departments of history, religion, modern foreign languages and communication.

The program integrates diverse perspectives, methods, and ideas, and merges the theories with real-world practical experience. Additionally, the minor provides opportunities for growth outside of the classroom with film series, lectures, and other supplemental events.

“Ultimately, the minor’s curriculum prepares students for the pursuit of justice and social change, not only for lifelong intellectual and personal development but also for active participation in society, and those students interested in studying beyond the undergraduate level will have a solid foundation upon which to build,” says Isaksen.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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