Through rigorous academic programs, global and cross-cultural experiences, and hands-on career experience, Nazareth College prepares students not just for one job, but for their life's work.
Liberal arts courses comprise 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 a student's major. The College's uncommon core curriculum gives students the tools, experience, guidance, and support to be the architect of their education, career, and future. Nazareth's core curriculum is also ideal 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, leadership roles, and more. These 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 and Innovation, Center for International Education, and Center for Spirituality support students in this work. Nazareth College was named one of just five Presidential Awardees in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was a finalist for the 2014 award. The distinction is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its 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
Majors and Degrees Offered
Nazareth offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas: accounting, acting, American studies, anthropology, art (studio), art education (B.S./M.S.), art history, Asian studies, biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, business management, chemistry, Chinese, clinical laboratory sciences, communication and media, communication sciences and disorders (speech pathology), community youth development, dance studies, economics, education (adolescence, inclusive childhood), English, environmental science and sustainability, finance, French, German, history, international business, international studies, Italian, law (3+3 with Syracuse University), 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, philosophy, physical therapy (6-year D.P.T. program), political science, psychology, public health, religious studies, social science, social work, sociology, Spanish, technical production, theatre arts, toxicology, visual communication design, 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 B.S./M.S.), music, and speech and hearing (birth-grade 12).
Most majors are also available as academic minors. Other minors include African American Studies; bioethics; digital marketing and design; entertainment and recording industry; entrepreneurship; environmental science; environmental studies; ethics; foreign language for business; gerontology; graphic design; horticultural therapy; information technology; interfaith studies; Islamic studies; jazz; middle eastern studies; multicultural studies; music history (concentration for B.A. music); music theory (concentration for B.A. music); pre-audiology; pre-dental; pre-law; pre-medical; pre-veterinary; religious studies: Christian studies; religious studies: religion in contemporary culture; religious studies: sacred texts; social research; Spanish; and sport management.
Graduate degrees include Master of Science in the following areas: American studies, art education, arts therapy, educational technology specialist, higher education student affairs administration, human resource development, human resource management, inclusive education (early childhood, childhood, adolescence), integrated marketing and communications, law (3+3 program with Syracuse University), literacy specialist, management, music education, music therapy, social work, speech-language pathology, TESOL, TESOL for international educators; and a doctoral program in physical therapy. Details about each program: naz.edu/academics
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING FOR CAREER PREPAREDNESS
A Nazareth College education includes abundant opportunity for experiential learning, allowing students to build perspective, skills, confidence, and proficiency while broadening career horizons. 74 percent of the class of 2014 gained career experience by participating in internships, field placements, research, student teaching, clinical experience, and practicum. These learning experiences reinforce classroom learning with the career skills and experience employers seek.
Most new alumni report being employed or enrolled in graduate school 12 months after graduating. Of the Class of 2013, 66 percent were employed while 19 percent continued their education at Nazareth, pursuing fields that require advanced degrees such as physical therapy (D.P.T.), social work (M.S.W.), and education (M.S.Ed.), and the remaining 15 percent pursued graduate studies with other colleges and universities. More information about the outcomes of a Nazareth education: naz.edu/outcomes
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.