Established in 1985, the Honors Scholars Program at High Point University is now home to 300+ student scholars dedicated to pursuing intellectual curiosity and educational excellence. Honors students engage in multidisciplinary, collaborative project-based learning experiences throughout their courses and co-curriculum, and they reside in a living-learning community in Finch Hall, forging meaningful relationships with one another both inside and outside the classroom.
With a commitment to the rich traditions of the liberal arts, the High Point University Honors Scholar Program takes a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to higher education, empowering students to cultivate contemplative selves and to build meaningful public lives. Believing a liberal education transcends the sum of its parts, the program challenges students to connect diverse ways of comprehending their world, to approach problems and questions with rigor and adaptability. Its graduates have prepared themselves for leadership on a global stage, their lives deepened by intellectual curiosity, broadened by cultural and academic diversity, and strengthened by compassion and self-awareness. They distinguish themselves by their abilities to synthesize information, create new knowledge, render sound judgments, and communicate effectively.
The Honors Scholar Program has five principles that inform its scope, structure, and delivery.
The Honors Scholars Program outcomes are informed greatly by the AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes for liberal education. Students who complete the program’s core curriculum will demonstrate high levels of competency in the areas described below.
Many students that participate in the Honors Scholars Program are offered the opportunity to research with professors that publish in their respective fields of study. This rare chance (which is usually only offered to graduate students at other institutions) is a perfect foundation for honors students who are planning to pursue a graduate degree.
The Honors Scholars Program regularly invites and sponsors renowned scholars to speak at High Point University on a variety of topics.
The Honors Scholars Program awards one annual scholarship to the rising senior with the highest GPA in the program. The student must also exhibit extraordinary student leadership and be an active member of the Odyssey Club.
Honors Scholars Program students are provided the opportunity to select their courses during registration periods before non-honors students. This allows honors students the flexibility to take honors classes offered that particular semester and to create a academic schedule conducive to their learning style.
The High Point University library allows honors students enhanced borrowing privileges by allowing them access to non-circulated DVDs and extended check-out time for books.
Students in the Honors Scholars Program at High Point University have the opportunity to live with fellow honors students in Finch Residence Hall. More information can be found on the Honors Housing page.
The Honors Scholars Program Committee is charged with planning and supervising the implementation of the Honors Scholars Program.
Honors Scholars Program Committee Members in 2016-2017:
Dr. William Carpenter – Director of Honors Scholars Program; Professor of English
Dr. Briana Fiser – Associate Chair of Honors Scholars Committee; Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Kristin Ackerman – Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Tom Albritton – Chair, Department of Professional Education & Leadership Studies; Associate Professor, English Education
Dr. Jennifer Brandt – Director of Women’s and Gender Studies; Director of the Common Experience; Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Matthew Brophy – Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Mr. David Bryden – Director of Library Services
Dr. Victoria Brown – Assistant Professor of Visual Merchandising Design
Dr. Rob Harger – Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science; Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Nathan Hedman – Assistant Professor of English and Theater
Ms. Erica Lewis – Senior Director of Student Life
Dr. Stacy Lipowski – Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade – Director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards
Dr. Jacob Paul – Assistant Professor of English
Mr. David Radanovich – Assistant Professor of the Practice of Communication
Dr. Kimberly Reich – Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Dr. Dean Smith – Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Patricia Swafford – Associate Professor of Management
Mr. Bradley Taylor – Student Success Coach
Dr. Chelsea Wentworth Fournier – Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Andrew Wommack – Assistant Professor of Chemistry