Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Introduction to Nazareth


Mission
Curriculum
Recognition
Commitment to the Future
Additional Resources

Mission

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.

To carry out that mission, Nazareth College offers graduate programs that prepare students to be effective and ethical professionals in their fields. Nazareth College seeks to define itself as a model for human interaction and as an advocate of human values. It perceives its mission as one of fostering and developing the resources of mind and community engagement integral to an education for life’s work.

Nazareth began its current graduate programs in 1971. Today, graduate students receive instruction in dozens of fields-from education and speech-language pathology, to management and creative arts therapy. Nazareth College’s experiential approach to learning gives its students a balance of classroom knowledge and real-world practice. Through field work, clinical experiences, student teaching, and community service, faculty encourage students to view life from multiple perspectives and apply their skills to making a difference in their community.

True to the vision of its founders, Nazareth College has remained a learning center committed to such academic, cultural and social experiences that enable its students to define their life goals and to accelerate their position in their chosen life’s work. Throughout its history, the College has embraced the concept of lifelong education by providing, through its programs, opportunities to extend the cultural and professional growth of the community of which it continues to be a vital contributor.

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Curriculum

Nazareth College of Rochester is incorporated under the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It is approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

Nazareth College offers 21 graduate programs of study including: the graduate degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Science in Education, Master of Social Work (joint program, Nazareth and SUNY Brockport) and Doctor of Physical Therapy. A combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Education may also be awarded. The College holds membership in the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Program accreditation includes: Creative Arts Therapy (NYS Licensure Qualifying; Art Therapy program accredited by the American Art Therapy Association; Music Therapy program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association); Education (Teacher Education Accreditation Council); Physical Therapy (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education); Social Work (Council on Social Work Education); Speech Language Pathology ( Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology). In addition, the School of Management is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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Recognition

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 was 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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Additional Resources

In addition to academic program information, this catalog contains Academic Policies and Procedures for graduate students and Nazareth College Policies. The catalog should be read in conjunction with important documents/handbooks printed by the student’s academic program of study (if available) that provide valuable information regarding student obligations and course offerings. Also available are the following resources: Handbook on Services for Students with Disabilities (obtained through the Office for Students with Disabilities); Academic Calendar (obtained through the Registrar’s Office).

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