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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.

Hannah Eberle

Hannah Eberle ‘18

Read how she went from an undeclared major to confidently deciding on a double-major, a minor, and a future career. She launched her career the same month she graduated. Eberle's story »

Ed Wiltse and Yaliza Frank, English & education major

Yaliza Frank '20

A double major in English and education, Yaliza received a Naz summer research SPARK Grant to research prison-related books for children and young adults who have a family member in prison.

The result: a resource that can guide teachers and librarians to put the right books into the hands of the kids who need them.

"Some of these books do a good job telling kids how to address their feelings." Other books give really specific and practical details, such as for a prison visit: "One of my favorites explained how to be checked in and what to wear."

Her research mentor: English Prof. Ed Wiltse (pictured with her).

Yamuna

Yamuna Sangarasivam, Anthropology Professor

What do anthropology, social media, and dancing in a Michael Jackson music video have in common? Just ask Prof. Yamuna Sangarasivam »

Julia Smith interning in Italy

Multimedia Interns in Italy

"My most memorable experience was going to the film festival in Piazza Maggiore, in the heart of Bologna, and seeing Martin Scorsese speak about his movie. It was a mind-blowing experience."

Read more about the experience of Julia Smith '20 and fellow students »

Glory Egwuonwu Amadi

Glory Egwuonwu Amadi '18, Legal Studies and Chinese

“Learning is so powerful,” says Glory Egwuonwu Amadi ‘18, who double majors in legal studies and Chinese. She loves the adrenaline and electricity of knowing new things and says she has transformed in her first two years at Nazareth, especially from study abroad and multiple mentors.

Harrison Kane

Law, Leadership, & Horses

Since freshman year, legal studies major Harrison Kane '21 has woven his horseback riding experience with civic engagement. His leadership roles prepared him well for a public policy and law internship in Washington, D.C. Harrison's story »

Passion for Teaching Religious Studies

Prof. Susan Nowak doesn’t want to change what you believe. Her religious studies courses challenge you to examine your beliefs more deeply and to understand beliefs around the world.

Olivia Fontana

Olivia Fontana '17, Legal Studies

The 3+3 law program saved Olivia Fontana '17 the time and cost of a year of law school — and quickly connected her to opportunities to make a difference in people's lives. Read her story »

Anthony Stirpe '98 guides his English classes to create movies

Anthony Stirpe '98

This creative English teacher guides his students to create films.

Katy Shoop at National Archives internship

National museum internship

Katy Shoop was drawn to Nazareth College to study museums, archives, and public history because of the opportunity to do a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C. She answered questions about her intern experience at the National Archives »

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.

Hands-on Experiences

    Yomayra Guerrero '16, communication and media major, interned with Steve Madden.
    Communication and media major Emily Virgil advanced skills in a SPARK-supported summer role.

    Fulbright Scholars

    Nazareth is among the top producers of undergraduate Fulbright scholars, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education — providing international opportunities and connections to students.

    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. Chris' story  »

    Study Abroad

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

    brian rosiek warehouse

    Travel Agent ... for Freight

    Brian Rosiek '16 now works in global logistics. This means becoming intimately familiar with customs compliance, international trade, endless regulations, and foreign policy — subjects he had studied extensively through his Nazareth coursework.

    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.

    Jesse Cruz, community youth development major

    Jesse Cruz, community youth development

    Marie Watkins, Ph.D., his professor and program director, has been a role model and mentor who's helped Jesse Cruz '16 build his character. "It's not about the grade," he says. "It's about the kind of person you're becoming. That's going to carry you way further in life." He believes the world needs more teachers like her. Read how Cruz has pursued a life of service. >>

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

    Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D.

    "Dr. Shafiq consistently challenged and supported me as a student, an organizer, and a practitioner of interfaith dialogue...." — says Angela Tona '17, social work major and interfaith studies minor.
    Read a profile of this professor of religious studies and executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue »

    Mary Walrath

    Spotlight: Mary Walrath ‘18

    "I've never had an internship where I was just getting coffee," says Mary Walrath '18, who completed five internships during her second and third years of college and won journalism awards for her work. To compete for jobs, "you need to have that experience as an edge." Read about Mary Walrath »

    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.

    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.

    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

    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. 

    Double Major

    You can double major in education to expand your expertise and career options. Biology, chemistry, French, 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, Italian, math, Spanish, and theatre arts majors, as well as these humanities majors:

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