Academics

Honors Program

The Nazareth College Honors Program gives those students seeking extraordinary academic achievements the chance to enrich their educational experience through additional courses, interdisciplinary seminars and professional lectures, among other opportunities. Over the course of their time at Nazareth, honors students develop their intellectual prowess to the highest potential, culminating in a senior thesis and special recognition at graduation.

Challenge, commit, and create a college experience of your own design

Challenge yourself in the Nazareth College Honors Program, which provides the most capable students with special opportunities appropriate to their abilities and motivation.

Like any concentration, Honors is taken in addition to a student's major and structured around a set of particular courses and experiences. But unlike most concentrations, these courses have a particularly interdisciplinary emphasis. They help fulfill the program's goal of encouraging academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and scholarship, developing in Honors students their fullest potential for critical thinking and effective expression.

Commit yourself to the Honors program. During your Freshman and Sophomore years, you will take two courses in rhetoric and two courses in logic, laying the foundation for your participation in the two special interdisciplinary seminars to come and for your honors thesis in your senior year.

In these seminars, you will be able to interact and participate in the small group atmosphere, an essential part of a Nazareth education. The scholarly excellence demonstrated as you move through the process leads to special recognition at graduation, on your transcript, and on your diploma.

Create and mold your ideas and experiences in the Honors program and turn them into valuable knowledge. Students will have opportunities to:

  • host and interact with invited distinguished lecturers
  • live in single rooms in a setting shared by other honors students
  • have the option of early registration
  • work collaboratively with fellow students and professors on research and writing
  • defend publicly a Senior Thesis—on a topic of your choice—before an invited audience of faculty and peers

Course Offerings

Required

Contact Information

Marjorie A. Roth

Marjorie A. Roth

Professor
585-389-2686
mroth1@naz.edu
Music House 23
Additional Positions:
Director of the Honors Program in Honors Program
Smyth Hall

Alumni Spotlight

Karen Dietlein, Honors Program graduate

"The Honors Program offered me choices and challenges far above and beyond Nazareth's normal curriculum. One year I was involved in a seminar in which seven of us discussed 17th-century pop culture; another year I studied the works of Thomas Aquinas. The classes I took were with students who share my goals and academic drive, and the program's professors were always willing to help if we stumbled along the way."

Recent Interdisciplinary Seminars

  • The History of Scientific Thought, 
Dr. Jack Bopp, Chemistry
  • Job's Dilemma and Ours
, Dr. Joseph Kelly, Religious Studies
  • Nonviolence in Eastern and Western Traditions
, Dr. Harry Murray, Sociology
  • Wilderness Writers: American Views of Nature
, Dr. Monica Weis, English
  • The Normal, the Abnormal, the Ideal, 
Dr. Heidi Northwood, Philosophy
  • Our Daily Bread
, Dr. Joe Daboll-Lavoie, Economics

Previous Distinguished Lecturers

  • 2000 Dr. Sandra Steingraber
, Ecologist, Cancer Survivor,Author of "Living Downstream"
  • 1999 Dr. Mark Plotkin
, Ethnobotanist, Author of "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice"
  • 1998 Dr. Diane Ackerman, 
Poet, Essayist and Naturalist, Author of "The Rarest of the Rare"
  • 1998 Anna Quindlen, 
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Author of "One True Thing"
  • 1997 Dr. Stephen Carter, 
Professor of Law, Yale University, Author of "The Culture of Disbelief"

Fulbright Program

In the last six years, 21 Fulbrights have been awarded to Nazareth College students. We foster the drive and ambition of our students by supporting them through the rigorous application process, and the payoffs are expansive—resulting in an experience that opens doors, widens perspectives, and feeds a lifelong passion for learning and achievement.