English Honors Program

English Honors

The English Honors program at Siena is student centered, designed for those who seek an intellectually exciting, collaborative learning experience in a seminar format.

The English Honors program at Siena is student centered, designed for those who seek an intellectually exciting, collaborative learning experience. Instruction is conducted in seminar format, with students encouraged to take an active role in determining the direction of the class. The seminars allow close communication and interaction between a small number of students and the faculty, enriching the learning process.  English Honors courses are open to qualified students in any major with permission of the instructor.  You can find descriptions of current and future seminars here.

English Honors Certificate


To earn a Certificate of Honors in English upon graduation a student must complete at least four English Honors Seminars (ENGL 090 or ENGL 490) with an average of B+ or better, and maintain a cumulative index of at least 3.3. Both graduate schools and employers are impressed with the Certificate, knowing that such students, regardless of major, have outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Core and Honors Credit


Great Books (ENGL 090) fulfills the English Disciplinary Core Requirement, replacing the writing and literature course (ENGL 011). All upper-level English Honors Seminars (ENGL 490) count for the Core Area Literature requirement (CAL). All English Honors courses also may be counted towards the College Honors Program and/or towards the English major.