The 21-credit honors program interdisciplinary minor is open to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional potential for academic success. You personalize the program to reflect your interests and career goals by choosing courses and your thesis project. Among the benefits of pursuing this minor:
The honors thesis represents the culmination of your educational experience. Evolving over your undergraduate experience, this 40- to 60-page document comprises an interdisciplinary research project that is unique to your strengths and interests. In most cases, the thesis grows out of your major, but the topic is developed via an interdisciplinary approach, allowing for a level of depth and focus that complements advanced scholarly abilities. Your project will be advised formally by faculty readers from at least two different disciplines, and you will defend your thesis publicly before graduation.
Education: Ph.D. Musicology, Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music; M.M. Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; M.A. Musicology, Eastman School of Music; B.A. Music, University of Wisconsin–Parkside
Teaching and Research Interests: Studio flute, Renaissance studies, women's studies, esoteric studies, and music history pedagogy.
Carly Maldonado ‘12, communication sciences and disorders major with an honors minor, went on to Syracuse University for a dual-doctorate in audiology and in audiology research.
“Because the honors program at Nazareth gave me the opportunity to participate in research through the thesis project, I knew that I enjoyed research and was interested in eventually pursuing teaching at the college level. My honors thesis explored how culturally deaf art and literature portrays speech and hearing professionals, and allowed me to incorporate my love of literature and art with my interest in deaf culture and my future professional goals.”
“A Glamourous Reality? How Women’s Magazines Represent the Success of Second Wave Feminism,” Amy E. Gallo ‘13 (sociology major, anthropology minor).
“Diversifying Disability: Broadening Perspectives of Ability in Education,” Heather McKnight ‘13 (psychology, inclusive education majors).
“An Ethical Analysis of Health Care Delivery Systems,” Meghan Grant ‘14 (physical therapy major).
“Towards a New Interdisciplinary Approach to Forensic Anthropology: A Case Study of the Guatemalan Civil War of Twentieth Century,” Candice Gage ‘14 (anthropology major).
“Media, Memory, and Meaning: A Look at Four Presidents Through Film,” Meghan Plate ‘14 (history major).
“Undefined Lines: Children’s Literature and its Use and Abuse in Education,” Melanie Antos ‘15 (English literature, inclusive childhood education major).
“My Role in White Privilege: My Journey Guided by the Narratives of African-American Women and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye,” Maria Allocco ‘15 (social work major).
“Lessons in Feminist Pedagogy: Women’s Liberation through the Liberal Arts,” Hayley Johnson ‘15 (English major).
“Can’t Paint, Can’t Write: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf’s Gendered Modernist Discourse,” Samantha Strain ‘15 (English major).
“The Banality of Eating: Reading Consumer Manipulation Through Hannah Arendt and George Orwell,” Mary Lawrence ‘15 (French & German majors).
“Cross-Cultural Music & Healing,” Victoria Gac ‘16 (music therapy major).
In addition to the curriculum-based individual research project, honors students are encouraged to take advantage of Nazareth’s many academic and experiential learning opportunities, such as: