The Nazareth Curriculum
Attending college is about gaining specific knowledge for your future, but it's also about preparing you as a mature thinker and problem solver. At Nazareth, every student participates in a core liberal arts curriculum including philosophy, the arts, math, science, writing, and a modern foreign language*, providing a strong foundation for learning.
While the liberal arts core serves as the foundation of the curriculum, critical thinking and reasoning skills are strongly emphasized in our professional programs as well. Students in accounting, business, education, nursing, social work, and physical therapy, among others, are constantly challenged to think on their feet as they learn both in the classroom and through hands-on experience at Rochester-area corporations, hospitals, non-profits, government agencies and schools.
*languages are required by a majority of majors.
Another key aspect of the Nazareth curriculum is the College's dedication to international study. No matter what program you're in, expect to not only learn about your field, but be offered the opportunity to go on location and experience it from a different perspective. Study abroad is very popular at Nazareth, with many opportunities for short- and long-term programs. Often led and organized by Nazareth faculty, study abroad programs provide experiences that both inspire and reinforce classroom learning.
- Liberal arts core and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Professionally oriented programs in the School of Education, School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Management.
- 40+ majors and minors to choose from within and across all schools.
For a Baccalaureate degree, students must earn at least 120 credits and fulfill the general curriculum and major requirements including:
- Freshman Seminar
- College Writing
- Foreign Language (for B.A. degree programs and teacher certification
- Physical Education (two semesters)
- Global studies course
- Writing-intensive courses
In addition, students take a variety of courses called "Perspectives" that cover the fine arts, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, religious studies, natural sciences, and social sciences.
About 80% of students earn credit for off-campus learning through student teaching, fieldwork, internships, and service learning that is integrated with individual courses.