Humanities and Social Sciences

Feed your curiosities.

There's a reason we call certain majors "the humanities." Studying them at Nazareth is all about what it means to be human. To be a student of the world, for life. To learn how to adapt. To find fascination in everything going on around you.

Isabel Cordova

Isabel Córdova, Ph.D., history and political science professor

Take a Latin American history class from Prof. Isabel Córdova, Ph.D. — and make history. Students collect oral history and expand the Rochester Public Library's resources.

Anthony Stirpe '98 guides his English classes to create movies

Anthony Stirpe '98

This creative English teacher guides his students to create films.

Corinne Dempsey

From India to Iceland with Dr. Corinne Dempsey

"The aspect of religion that most fascinates me is how religion and culture intertwine and inform one another. This has led me to explore religious practices typically thought to be 'out of place,' such as Christian pilgrimage and saint devotion in south India and Hindu temple worship in North America. My work has led me to the joys and challenges of comparison, a process that looms large in my courses, my writing, and in my recent adventures with Icelandic trance mediums and spirit healers."  Associate Professor Corinne Dempsey (second from left) with students and others in front of a Hindu temple in Ernakulam, Kerala, India, in 2016

From Nazareth to NASA

“This was at a time when education was very scripted, and I rebelled against that form of teaching. Nazareth gave me an open mind, so when the opportunity arrived to come to NASA, I saw it as the perfect place to be.” — Kimberly Brush '96 on her experience at Nazareth. Brush is currently educator professional development specialist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Devin Kelly '13, Sociology major

Spotlight: Devin Kelly '13, sociology

While studying abroad in England, Devin Kelly interned with Leeds City Council and Getaway Girls, an organization that empowers girls and women. After graduating from Nazareth, Devin returned to Leeds where she currently works for Genesis Leeds, a mental health organization, and Leeds City Council.

Justin Walsh, Karli Olin Walsh, Nazareth College grads

Spotlight: Justin and Karli Walsh '96, English literature

For 16 years, Justin and Karli Walsh have been international educators in places such as The Dominican Republic, Philippines, China, and Qatar.

Fulbright Scholars

Nazareth is among the top producers of undergraduate Fulbright scholars, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. In the last five years, there have been over 20 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students.

Interning at Steve Madden

    Yomayra Guerrero '16, communication and media major, interned with Steve Madden.

    Graduate schools of humanities and social science graduates

    • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • Alfred University
    • Boston University
    • Buffalo State
    • Columbia University
    • CUNY Queens College
    • D’Youville College
    • Georgetown University
    • Iona College
    • Liberty University
    • Medaille College
    • Mercy College
    • National Louis University
    • Nazareth College
    • Niagara University
    • Northeastern Seminary
    • Northeastern University
    • Regent University
    • Rider University
    • Roberts Wesleyan College
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Roger Williams University
    • St. John Fisher College
    • Suffolk University
    • SUNY Albany
    • SUNY Binghamton
    • SUNY Brockport
    • SUNY Buffalo
    • SUNY College Environmental Science Forestry
    • SUNY Cortland
    • SUNY Empire State College
    • SUNY Geneseo
    • Syracuse University
    • Tufts University
    • University of Colorado Boulder
    • University of Colorado Denver
    • University of Hartford
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore
    • University of Massachusetts, Boston
    • University of Miami
    • University of New Hampshire Durham
    • University of Rochester
    • University of South Alabama
    • University of St. Joseph
    • University of Vermont
    • West Virginia University
    • Yale University

    Study Abroad

    Study abroad allows you to travel the globe and learn along the way. Among the overseas programs Nazareth offers:

    Chris Redmond

    Bassoon, Biochemistry, and Law School

    Chris Redmond ‘17 has combined minors in legal studies and religious studies with his biochemistry major and bassoon playing to pursue multiple things he loves and to prepare for law school. Read more »

    Hannah Wright, Psychology, Nazareth College

    Spotlight: Hannah Wright '15, psychology

    "I am deeply grateful for my liberal arts education from Nazareth College. Liberal arts students are confident in what they know, humble enough to continue to learn, and driven enough to make a difference in their community and their field." Hannah Wright '15AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) worker, on the importance of a balanced education. 

    From the classroom to the courtroom

    Nazareth's legal studies alums enjoy success across a spectrum of careers, including defense attorney, county court judge, and law associate.

    Julia Madore interned at Fenimore Art Museum

    Julia Madore '17

    "Be ready for new experiences, and be ready to be out of your comfort zone," says Madore, who had a great internship at Fenimore Art Museum. Next for her: her top choice grad school, St. Andrews University in Scotland, for a master's degree in museum and gallery studies. Watch a video about her experience.

    Illustration of futuristic cars

    #LifesWorkNaz: Susan Shaheen '88

    How do you get around? Susan Shaheen, Ph.D., has become an expert on transportation mobility — toward the goal of improving society and the environment. Read Drive Time.

    Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D., Hickey Center, Rochester, Nazareth College

    Why I Teach by Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D.

    "College is a formative period of a student’s life, and a strong teacher-student relationship is essential. Teachers not only enlighten students with course materials; they also serve as spiritual guides." — Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue

    Kristen Vitale '15, history major, Nazareth College

    Spotlight: Kristen Vitale '15, history

    During her internship, Kristen Vitale transcribed, translated, and researched manuscripts from the Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. Kristen went on for a master's degree in history at Providence College.

    Timothy Kneeland, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

    Timothy Kneeland, Ph.D., history and political science professor

    Professor Timothy Kneeland has expertise on presidents, politics, and disasters. Read more »

    Paul Figueroa-Lippert

    Spotlight: Paul Figueroa-Lippert '16

    Double majoring in English and Spanish has prepared Paul Figueroa-Lippert '16 for his goals to teach in a bilingual school or become a professor of comparative literature. His multiple volunteer roles, campus jobs, and conference experiences have taken his leadership skills to a high level. Read about his experience »

    Meleana Spera, Nazareth College, Rochester NY, Psychology

    Student Research

    Nazareth's Creative Activity and Research Showcase features student research, performances, and projects. Meleana Spera '15, psychology and philosophy double major, presented about autonomy, transcendence, and well-being, related to personal identity.

    Double Major

    You can double major in education to expand your expertise and career options. Biology, chemistry, economics, French, German, international studies, Italian, math, Spanish, and theatre arts can be combined with an inclusive early childhood/childhood major, as can the following humanities majors:

    Adolescence education certification can be earned with biology, chemistry, Chinese, French, German, Italian, math, Spanish, and theatre arts majors, as well as these humanities majors:



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