Majors, Minors & Certificates

Majors, Minors & Certificates

Siena’s undergraduate majors, minors and certificate programs open up a world of learning possibilities and career paths—whether you’re a biochemistry major who loves Shakespeare, a business major with a flair for French or a history student destined to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company.


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Accounting

Accounting students at Siena are educated in advanced principles, theories and real-world applications of accounting.

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Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is consistently rated as one of the best careers in America. This discipline is centered in assessing, pricing and ultimately managing institutional risk which is commonly used in the insurance industry and financial professions. Students who are good at mathematics that desire a professional component to their education are typically great candidates for this field.

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American Studies

Siena's American Studies program allows the inquisitive student to explore the United States through a multitude of disciplines such as history, literature, art, sociology, political science, religion, gender and multicultural studies. American Studies majors are diverse thinkers who often combine this flexible major with study abroad, Pre-Law, certificate programs, minors or another major.

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Biochemistry

The Siena biochemistry program provides one-on-one attention from the beginning that leads to enhanced research and learning opportunities. As a result, our alumni have high placement rates whether they pursue a job, graduate school or professional school.

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Biology

Biology educates students on the underlying principles governing life. At Siena, students learn this in small lecture and laboratory sections that are taught by department faculty (not teaching assistants). Regardless of your specific career path, the critical thinking and hands-on laboratory skills that you develop as a biology major will give you a significant advantage over the competition.

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Broadcast and Society

Students in the broadcast program at Siena College don’t just study journalism – they practice it. Our student journalists enjoy hands-on training using state-of-the-art HD cameras and professional video-editing software. Our faculty are experienced reporters and anchors, who train students to write, shoot and edit the news.

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Business

Business is offered as a minor for students from the Schools of Liberal Arts and Science who wish to supplement their major program and gain a competitive advantage in any career field. The business minor provides an understanding of the fundamentals of business in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, management and economics, adding value to a student's degree.

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Chemistry

Chemistry students develop a solid foundation in chemical principles through coursework, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and research opportunities. Recent grads have worked at GE, Albany Molecular Research and New York State’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory.

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Classics

The study of our classical heritage from the Greeks and the Romans is not only exciting, it gives students the tools that will help them succeed in a wide range of future careers. Classics incorporates practically every aspect and discipline of the liberal arts tradition: history, literature, religion, philosophy, art, culture and language.

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Cognitive Science

Cognitive science explores the nature of cognitive processes, drawing on research methods from philosophy psychology and computer science. This minor prepares students for graduate programs in cognitive science, computer science, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology, as well as a wide range of industry research positions.

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Communications

Students interested in pursuing communications at Siena can combine courses in various ways to meet their interests including television journalism, radio, documentary film, online journalism, podcasting, video for the web, sports journalism and writing. Professional internships are available at television production facilities, radio and television stations and newspapers, as well as the multimedia operations of these media outlets.

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Community Development

The certificate in community development provides an enriched, hands-on academic pathway to careers in community service and engagement. By the time students have completed the certificate, they will have experienced doing service at the urban, rural and global levels.

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Computational Science

Computational Science is a modern interdisciplinary field that focuses on solving scientific problems computationally. It combines advanced methods and tools from applied mathematics and computer science to study real-world scientific problems, often by using computer simulations and modeling. Students interested in becoming computational scientists, can start off on the right foot at Siena College.

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Computer Science

Computer Science focuses on solving problems from a scientific perspective by applying software engineering, information systems and computational theory. Our program emphasizes group projects, hands-on labs and one-on-one interaction to ensure students’ success in their future careers. Why choose CS? The careers are diverse and exciting, employment opportunities are increasing and starting salaries are among the highest for bachelor degree graduates.

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Creative Arts

Creative arts at Siena is an interdisciplinary program offering focused study in visual arts, music, theatre or broadcast journalism, preparing you for personal, academic or professional work in the arts.

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Criminal Justice

Siena's interdisciplinary minor in Criminal Justice empowers students to critically examine issues of crime, justice and punishment. By emphasizing theory, research, critical examination of the criminal justice systems, service learning initiatives and internships, students gain a holistic educational experience.

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Economics

You should consider Economics if you enjoy clear and logical approaches to exploring the riches and poverty which characterize economic life. Your studies in Economics will help you gain perspectives and solve problems related to public life, the business world, and the decisions shaping your future.

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Education

Siena College's Teacher Preparation Program is designed to allow students to complete New York State requirements for Initial Certification (Grades 7-12, with an opportunity for a grades 5-6 extension) at the undergraduate level. The program's excellence is recognized not only by New York State's Department of Education, but also, and equally important, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the gold standard for teacher preparation.

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Educational Studies

Siena’s nationally recognized Education Department trains outstanding middle school and high school teachers. But your interest in education may lie elsewhere. After all, the field of education is broad and the work of education takes many forms. Whatever your intended major, a minor in Educational Studies will give you the tools you need to share your academic passion with the next generation of youth.

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Engineering

Siena offers a four- or five-year, cooperative, dual-degree engineering option with several engineering schools. Students major in one of the physical sciences at Siena for three years then transfer to the engineering school for a fourth and fifth year in an engineering curriculum.

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English

Through the careful analysis of diverse, multicultural literature and film, Siena English majors develop the skills most-prized by employers: the ability to think critically, to communicate ideas clearly to various readers and audiences, and to engage in dialogue and collaborative problem-solving techniques.

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Entrepreneurship

Have you ever dreamed about starting your own business? Have you ever wanted to be an agent of innovation and change? The Entrepreneurship minor at Siena College can help make your dream come true.

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Environmental Studies and Environmental Science

The environmental studies and sciences program provides an interdisciplinary foundation for students interested in the identification, study and solution of environmental problems. By integrating field work, community engagement, internships and geospatial analysis into a liberal arts curriculum, students gain the skills necessary to take their passion for the environment to the next level.

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Finance

Siena's finance program provides students with a robust core of courses as well as highly specialized electives that bridge to professional careers or graduate school. By integrating the use of the Hickey Financial Technology Center into our curriculum, we provide students access to unparalleled hands-on experience with tools and technology used in the financial industry.

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Franciscan Service and Advocacy

The minor in Franciscan Service and Advocacy unites students' professional and academic interests with Siena College's mission to form women and men who are committed to making the world a more compassionate, merciful and humane home for all God's children, in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

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French

A a major or minor in French means opening the door to French and Francophone cultures, amazing travel experiences and a language spoken by 338 million people in the world. It creates possibilities for interacting with others at the national and/or international level in industries such as business, politics and education.

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German

German ranks among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world with 229 million people speaking it. German is particularly important in the field of politics,
commerce, science/technology, international business, hospitality, higher education and tourism.

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Greek

Encompassing language, ancient history, mythology, literature, philosophy and cultural studies, the life-enhancing knowledge of a Greek minor is rooted in history and is timeless. The knowledge attained through studying ancient Greece, far from being obscure or irrelevant, is part of our everyday experience.

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Health Services Administration

The Health Services Administration minor provides students, regardless of major, with core courses that focus on significant health care issues in American society. The program is a solid foundation for internships, graduate programs and careers in health care.

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Health Studies

The Health Studies minor provides students with a cohesive core of courses that focus on significant aspects of health care issues in American society today. The minor can also benefit students by making them a more marketable candidate in the work world.

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History

History majors at Siena College experience history. We require it. Siena students conduct research in archives, record oral histories, intern at museums, travel to historic sites and work with active scholars. Our rigorous program empowers our graduates in business, law, government, education and public history in the U.S. and abroad.

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Information Systems

Looking to improve your employment prospects? Computer and Information Systems is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy, and there is not a single field - in liberal arts, business or science - that has not been impacted by Internet-capable devices.

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International Studies

In today’s world, how we live-- our jobs, our culture, our society-- is affected by how we interact both directly and indirectly with others across our borders. The International Studies minor helps the student to participate in these interactions to enhance their careers and daily lives.

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International Studies, Foreign Languages and Business

This certificate program responds to the need for understanding the international and interdependent dimensions of business in the modern world. It also provides preparation for careers in international business and for graduate programs in areas with an international focus.

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Italian

A minor in Italian is a wonderful complement to a host of other majors in the arts, sciences or business. It prepares a student to study abroad in Italy and enhances critical reading, analytical, research and communication skills. Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of areas including museum science, historical research, law, education and library science, to name a few.

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Latin

Studying Latin as a minor prepares students for professional careers where the use of original language is useful. By studying Latin student will gain critical reading, analytical, research, and communication skills. Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of areas including museum science, law, education, library science to name a few.

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, rooted in the ideas of Franciscanism, is an interdisciplinary course of study that promotes intellectual discussion, research, and teaching about Latin America and the Caribbean focusing on people, language, culture, history, politics and society.

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Management

To be successful in today’s diverse, global business environment you need a set of critical management skills. Our program is based on what hiring managers and accomplished alumni say are those skills needed to thrive in their careers.

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Marketing

Siena's marketing degree provides a competitive edge for careers in packaged goods, sports marketing, international marketing, e-commerce (social media marketing), advertising, consulting and sales. Our approach include hands-on experience with local business and academic research with faculty, which improves our students' salary potential and advancement opportunities.

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Mathematics

A strong foundation in mathematics provides the effective thinking and communication skills needed to succeed in any technical endeavor. Whether it is the physical or social sciences, education, law, business, medicine or government, a math degree will take you anywhere.

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the history, literature, arts, and languages of the medieval and early modern world. The program encourages students to academic excellence by offering a broad range of courses combined with in-depth study.

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Multicultural Studies

The Multicultural Studies Minor is a flexible minor that allows students to learn how different cultures interact to shape individual identity. Because organizations today need employees who can perform effectively in a diverse workplace, the minor also enhances your employment options.

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Multimedia

The multimedia minor prepares students to work in the dynamic field of multimedia by combining courses such as web design, graphic design, digital photography and an interdisciplinary capstone project course.

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Philosophy

Are you the type who likes to question authority? Ever wonder whether the script of your life has already been written? Is an afterlife compatible with modern science?

Philosophy is a discipline having two hearts: one is to encourage reasoned and critical thinking; the other is to explore the nature of goodness and living well as humans. Thus a student of philosophy has the ability to tackle any job or career that prizes reasoned and ethical interpretative skills, as well as the ability to create text and discourse; that is, philosophy majors are highly flexible and employable.

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Physics

Siena's physics degree focuses on active student participation in cutting-edge research. This hands-on experience, in addition to a demanding curriculum, teaches you how to think critically and prepares you for exciting careers in a broad range of fields.

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Political Science

The political science program provides our students with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the study of politics. Students actively participate in local, state and international communities. We foster informed and empowered citizens and prepare them for successful careers in today's diverse, connected and complex world.

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Pre-Law

In today’s highly competitive legal environment you need to be able to get into a top law school of your choice and, once admitted, achieve success in your class. Our program stresses these skills: critical thinking, analytical reasoning and effective communication, which our accomplished alumni say are essential and have helped them thrive in their careers.

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Pre-Med/Health Professions

By combining the right degree program with our health or allied health professions advising programs, Siena students are able to gain the multidisciplinary knowledge and experience needed for professional school admissions in dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, physician’s assistant medicine, physical and occupational therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine.

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Psychology

Siena's psychology program prepares students for entry into graduate programs and/or careers in academic and professional psychology. It also provides an excellent background for entry into fields such as law, business and the health professions.

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Religious Studies

Studying the world's religions is a central part of understanding human cultures. Religions shape how human beings interpret and interact with other humans, with nature, and with what we take to be most sacred. If you find human beings interesting, you'll find studying the world's religions interesting.

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Revolutionary Era Studies

Siena College offers the only undergraduate certificate in American Revolutionary Studies. This curriculum integrates multidisciplinary academic study of early American history with service learning for the purpose of preparing students for careers in public history as well as additional graduate training in public history, museum studies, historic preservation, library science, records management and public policy.

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Risk Management

The risk management certificate program is designed to train students to think both critically and analytically, and to develop their problem-solving skills. It is closely associated with the field of actuarial science, a profession involved in several diverse areas of the business world including asset/fund management, investment and pension-plan design as well as their classical role with insurance companies.

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Science, Technology and Value

Students preparing to work in such exciting fields as nano-technology, health care administration, risk assessment, and law enforcement will distinguish themselves by having this minor on their resume.

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Social Work

Do you desire to make a difference in the world through helping others? Siena's social work program provides the knowledge, skills and values necessary for a professional career in social work.

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Sociology

Sociology addresses the most challenging matters facing society today. If you desire to better understand the complex social forces that affect people’s lives, as well as to become engaged in the study of and solutions to these issues, sociology is the place for you. The sociological perspective is both intellectually rewarding and practically useful for future career paths.

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Spanish

A major or minor in Spanish opens the door to Hispanic and Spanish cultures, incredible travel experiences, and a language spoken by 400 million people in the world. Speaking Spanish is a marketable skill valued by employers. It creates possibilities for interacting with others in many environments such as business, healthcare and education.

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Theatre

The theatre certificate program offers students an opportunity to focus study in acting, directing, design/technology or theory and history. Talented, working, theatre artists will mentor students. It is an excellent choice for those intending to pursue professional work or further training at the graduate level.

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Undeclared

Not sure what to declare as your major? Not a problem. At Siena, undeclared doesn’t mean “undecided”—it means “open to exploration.” And we’ve got a lot to explore in more than 30 degree programs in the liberal arts, science and business.

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Women’s Studies

Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary field encompassing scholarship about women and gender. It's an opportunity to learn about diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality and add valuable professional skills to your resume.

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Writing and Communication

Students enrolled in the Writing and Communication minor learn to express their ideas with clarity and precision. The reading, interpretive, analytical writing, persuasive speaking and creative writing skills students acquire can be transferred to other courses, career and graduate school searches, and the work force.

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