Nazareth prepares students not just for one job, but for your life's work through diverse, high-quality courses and experiences.
Liberal arts courses are about a third of a college student's investment in time and money, and Nazareth's approach is to make that part as valuable and rewarding as the classes in your major. The College's uncommon core curriculum gives you the tools, experience, guidance, and support to be the architect of your education, your career, and your future. This approach also makes Nazareth a good fit for students who are still exploring which major they'll select, providing a foundation of engaging classes and experiential learning while students also get help from professors, academic advisors, and tools such as assessments to find their path.
All students choose courses across a liberal arts menu to build knowledge, pursue interests, and develop the skills most sought by employers problem solving, critical thinking, and exceptional communication. Along the way, students learn how to analyze deep questions in different disciplines and then explore a question of their choosing through three courses they select. Nazareth's general education curriculum requires experiential learning in the form of credit-based internships, co-curricular service, fieldwork, research, or leadership roles. The hands-on experiences directly challenge and reinforce coursework, connect students with career contacts and employers, and/or help students better understand themselves, the broader world, and current issues. Nazareth's Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Center for International Education, and Center for Spirituality support students in this work. Nazareth was one of five colleges nationwide named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Professors help students integrate the full experience, so that you leave college with the knowledge, adaptable skills, and comfort with complexity that you'll need to be successful in today's constantly changing world. More about the core: naz.edu/core
Among the Class of 2012 for whom information was available 12 to 18 months after graduation, 99.5 percent were employed or continuing their education.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Nazareth offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in the following areas: accounting, acting, American studies, anthropology, art (studio), art education (BS/MS), art history, Asian studies, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, Chinese, communication and rhetoric, communication sciences and disorders (speech pathology), community youth development, economics, education (adolescence), English literature, environmental science and sustainability, finance, French, German, history, inclusive childhood education, international business, international studies, Italian, legal studies, marketing, mathematics, modern foreign languages, music, music/business, music education, music performance, music therapy, musical theatre, nursing, occupational therapy (5-year master's), peace and justice studies, philosophy, physical therapy (6-year DPT program), political science, psychology, religious studies, social science, social work, sociology, Spanish, technical production, theatre arts, toxicology, visual communication, and women and gender studies.
Nazareth offers pre-professional programs in audiology, dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary science. Students may combine education certification with their declared major to earn certification in secondary education (grades 7-12) or double major in inclusive education (elementary and special education with a liberal arts major). Nazareth offers certification in art (5-year BS/MS), music, and speech and hearing (birth-grade 12).
Most majors are also available as academic minors, plus there are minors such as African-American studies, bioethics, dance, entertainment and recording industry, ethics, foreign language for business, gerontology, horticultural therapy, human resource management, interfaith studies, Middle Eastern studies, multicultural studies, music history, social research, and sport management.
Graduate degrees include Master of Science in the following areas: art education, creative arts therapy (art or music), educational technology specialist, higher education student affairs administration, human resource development, human resource management, inclusive education (early childhood, childhood, adolescence), literacy specialist, management, music education, social work, speech-language pathology, TESOL, TESOL for international educators; and a Doctoral program in physical therapy. Details about each major and minor: naz.edu/academics
Nazareth is a small private college with a range of professional undergraduate majors not usually offered by liberal arts schools—many students note that the physical therapy program was what drew them to the college. The music education and health sciences majors receive particularly high praise, with some students calling out art, history, and psychology as well. The small class sizes— cited by many students as one of the best things about Nazareth—allow for “very close relationships with our professors” and “most professors try to make class as interactive as possible,” though “of course like [at] any other school you may end up with a sub par teacher.” The vast majority “take an interest in getting to know their students and are very open to helping students outside of the classroom,” and “most are very easy to communicate and collaborate with, especially if [a student is] interested in research.” Particularly in upper-level courses, “professors have the students’ best interests in mind and always teach their classes with passion.” Classes are mixed between lectures and discussions, depending on course of study, and students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships during their undergraduate studies.