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.

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.

Timothy Thibodeau, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

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

Timothy Thibodeau, Ph.D. shares his favorite classes, his expertise on papal history, and his guitar collection on his biography »

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.

Justin Walsh, Karli Olin Walsh, Nazareth College grads

Alumni 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.

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

    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:

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    Study Abroad

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

    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 more »



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