Dec 10, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Introduction to Nazareth



The mission of Nazareth College is to provide a learning community that educates students in the liberal arts, sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional fields, fostering commitment to a life informed by intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic values; to develop skills necessary for the pursuit of meaningful careers; and to inspire dedication to the ideal of service to their communities. Nazareth seeks students who want to make a difference in their own world and the world around them, and encourages them to develop the understanding, commitment, and confidence to lead fully informed and actively engaged lives.

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Nazareth College offers more than 70 majors, including education; math and sciences; business and management; visual arts, music, theatre, foreign languages, and other humanities; and a wide array of health and human service programs. Nazareth’s goal is to prepare students not only for one job, but for their life’s work through diverse, high-quality courses, experiential learning, and civic engagement.

Liberal arts courses are about a third of a college student’s investment in time and money, and Nazareth’s approach is to make that part as valuable and rewarding as the classes in your major. The College’s uncommon core curriculum gives you the tools, experience, guidance, and support to be the architect of your education, your career, and your future. This approach also makes Nazareth a good fit for students who are still exploring which major they’ll select, providing a foundation of engaging classes and experiential learning while students also get guidance from professors and academic advisors to find their path.

All students choose courses across a liberal arts menu to build knowledge, pursue interests, and develop the skills most sought by employers - problem solving, critical thinking, and exceptional communication. Along the way, students learn how to analyze engaging questions in different disciplines and then explore a question of their choosing through three courses they select in their integrational studies. Nazareth’s CORE curriculum requires experiential learning in the form of credit-based internships, co-curricular service, fieldwork, research, or leadership roles. The hands-on experiences reinforce coursework, connect students with potential career contacts and employers, and/or help students better understand themselves, the broader world, and current issues. Professors help students integrate the full experience, so that graduates leave college with the knowledge, adaptable skills, and comfort with the complexity necessary to be successful in today’s constantly changing world. More about the core:

To obtain a baccalaureate degree, students must earn at least 120 credits and fulfill the general curriculum and major requirements.

Among the Class of 2015, 82% completed a credit-bearing experiential learning opportunity (internship, student teaching, clinical work, fieldwork, practicum, or service learning), integrating and applying academic skills to real-world experiences.

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Nazareth has been recognized by The Princeton Review in its “Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition,” chosen out of more than 2,000 colleges in recognition of its academic caliber.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Nazareth in the top tier of colleges and universities in the category of Best Regional Universities-North category in its 2016 Best Colleges guide.

Nazareth ranks among the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities for its number of Fulbright scholars, according to the “Chronicle of Higher Education.” 

Nazareth College was named a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a finalist in 2014. The distinction is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Finance magazine Kiplinger rated Nazareth among the Top 100 Private Universities for Value Colleges 2016.

Nazareth students who propose projects to address public health, education, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and the environment get accepted for the Clinton Global Initiative University, which assembles about 1,000 student leaders from colleges and universities to learn, network, and educate.

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Commitment to the Future

Preparing students for a world of rapid change, and for careers yet to be defined, is the focus at Nazareth. College graduates must have relevant knowledge, exceptional critical thinking skills, a global mindset, and work experience. Our uncommon core curriculum is student-focused and integrated with students’ career goals. We promote global dexterity through coursework, foreign-language houses, events, a diverse campus community, and dozens of opportunities to travel, study, intern, and experience life overseas. Our College stands out for its number of Fulbright scholars, selected to teach around the world, and for its commitment to developing student leaders through the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Since fall 2009, Nazareth has invested more than $70 million in campus improvements such as new construction, building renovations, and improved technology. Addressing President Obama’s directive for increasing the number of graduates in the fields of math and science, Nazareth opened the Integrated Center for Math and Science in Peckham Hall in September 2012. Peckham Hall is a 74,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building that houses state-of-the-art labs and classrooms and incorporates environmentally responsible and resource-efficient technologies to support and encourage cross-disciplinary science and math education, student-faculty collaborative research, and student-focused learning. In anticipation of the growing demands for allied health professionals, Nazareth in 2015 expanded and renovated the rehabilitation and wellness clinics and collaboration spaces for the Colleges’ wide array of health and human services programs, in York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute.

Nazareth College’s dynamic learning environment is responsive to the needs of the rapidly changing global workforce. The College will continue to innovate its curriculum and improve its facilities to address these ever-evolving needs.

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Respect and Diversity

Notice of Non-Discrimination
The College does not permit discrimination or harassment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local or federal law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy prescribed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, may be directed to the Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, 585-389-2008. The Vice President for Student Development has been named to coordinate the responsibilities under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and may be contacted at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, 585-389-2881. 

Statement of Respect and Diversity
We, the Nazareth community, embrace both respect for the person and freedom of speech. The College promotes civility and denounces acts of hatred or intolerance. The free exchange of ideas is possible only when concepts, values, and viewpoints can be expressed and challenged in a manner that is neither threatening nor demeaning. It is the policy of Nazareth College, in keeping with its efforts to foster a community in which the diversity of all members is respected, not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition or any other protected status. Respect for the dignity of all peoples is an essential part of the College’s tradition and mission, and its vision for the future.

Sexual Misconduct
Nazareth College prohibits and will not tolerate sex discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence, and sex- and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature, in every setting and in every program organized, sponsored, and hosted by the College. Such conduct is detrimental to the College community and the productive living and working environment free from harassment that the College wishes to foster and maintain.

It is the policy of Nazareth College of Rochester, in keeping with the efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected, that sexual misconduct of students and employees is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Sexual misconduct may involve the behavior of a person against Nazareth community members of any sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, when the behavior falls within the following definition:

Sexual harassment of employees and students at Nazareth College is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to or rejection of such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment, evaluation of academic work or participation in any aspect of a College’s program or activity;


  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting the individual;


  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e., it is sufficiently serious, pervasive or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning or sexually offensive working, academic, residential or social environment under both a subjective and objective standard.

Reporting Discrimination and Harassment Complaints
Faculty, staff, and students who want further information or assistance in discussing or filing a complaint of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local or federal law should contact:

Vice President for Student Development/Title IX Coordinator, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, 585-389-2881 (for issues related to sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation);


Associate Vice President for Human Resources/Title VII, Section 504, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, 585-389-2065.

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Graduation Rate Report (Cohort Survival Survey)*

The most recent IPEDS Graduation Rate Report completed in Spring 2015 indicated that out of 471 full-time, first-time freshmen entering Nazareth in the fall of 2008 (adjusted for allowable exclusions), 356 or 76% graduated from Nazareth College - 306 by 2012; 43 by 2013; 7 by 2014; and 95 students or 20% transferred out. Of the 143 entering transfers in Fall 2008, 111 or 78% graduated from Nazareth College - 108 in 2012; 3 by 2012; 0 by 2014.

* Further information concerning graduation and completion rates is available in the Office of Institutional Research.

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NYS Teacher Certification Exams, Annual Institution Report (2013 -2014)*

Total number of students taking tests: 163/Total number passing 155

Pass rate equals 95%  

Pass rate ATS-W equals 100%

Pass rate LAST equals 100%

* In accordance with Title II of the Higher Education Act, Nazareth College has a report available on our teacher preparation programs which includes information on the pass rate of program graduates on required New York State certification examinations. If you would like more information, please contact the certification office at 585-389-2592.

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Additional Resources

This catalog should be read in conjunction with the following important documents, which provide valuable information regarding student services, student obligations, and course offerings: Handbook on Services for Students with Disabilities (obtained through the office for students with disabilities or the Academic Advisement Center); Undergraduate Student Handbook (obtained through the division of student development).

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