Students are invited to engage the liberal arts through a variety of experiential learning programs. These programs challenge students beyond the classroom, where they develop critical and creative skills that prepare them to lead lives of significance and success. Students develop knowledge and skills across disciplines because their experiences in the liberal arts challenge their curiosity and lead them to new perspectives for solving problems.
Participation in a Study Abroad program expands our students’ global awareness and cultural competence, exposing students to new people, places, languages, cultures and experiences. Students may take liberal arts courses as part of our semester study abroad programs or our faculty led Global Experiences, including “Maymester” programs.
The Service Learning program increases students’ civic and cultural engagement by connecting the theory of the classroom with the practices of good citizens. Students in the Service Learning program are better prepared to contribute to society, participate in our democracy, and effect positive change. Service Learning courses can be found in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum of the University, in Liberal Arts majors courses, and throughout the University’s professional schools.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Works (URCW) program encourages and supports collaborative partnerships between nurturing faculty mentors and enterprising students. These partnerships promote the development of innovation and ingenuity, foster critical thinking, and provide students with invaluable opportunities to explore new areas of research and creative work.
|Research Training and Preparation||Research Presentations and Publications|
|Research Rookies||High Point Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (High-PURCS)|
|Research Assistant Opportunities||Innovation: Journal of Creative and Scholarly Works|
|HPU Summer Research Programs|
Internships provide opportunities for students to utilize their academic classroom experiences in real-world settings. Internships are tailored to each student’s interests and academic goals. The student plays an active role in creating learning objectives for the internship.
Many agree that the liberal arts are vital to higher education today. The meaning of the liberal arts, however, is specific in many ways to the campus context and its many facets, both curricular and co-curricular or experiential. In these Campus Essays, faculty, staff, and students share their visions of the significance of the liberal arts in their own lives and in the life of the university as a whole.
Each year, a Legacy Lecturer – selected by graduating seniors from among faculty teaching upper level classes – offers a unique perspective on how the values that characterize the liberal arts have informed their lives.
High Point University considers a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core component of our mission and an essential ingredient to a holistic education in the liberal arts tradition. A liberal arts education develops critical thinkers, moving students from a fixed-mindset to a growth-mindset. This approach to learning prepares students for reflective action in an interdependent and diverse world. We not only understand and respect the unique talents and perspectives of all individuals but we also embrace and utilize their contributions. Our breadth of inclusiveness creates a path by which all individuals can achieve their highest potential in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society.
We welcome and respect all students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, sexual identities and gender expressions, abilities, classes, ages, and political ideas. We recognize that diversity also includes a range of geographic locations, communication styles, family makeup, educational background, military service, and other unique life experiences. To encourage diversity and inclusion we endorse dynamic curricula and research agendas—through the university’s core education as well as all fields of study, programming, and community engagement—that include a multiplicity of views and perspectives.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not merely moral imperatives or societal goals, they can be a competitive advantage. Our continued success as a university rests in our collective ability to embrace a multitude of opinions, ideas, and beliefs so that we can effectively educate the next generation of leaders who are culturally responsive, knowledgeable, and globally engaged. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion cultivates students’ desire for citizenship in complex global communities.