Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Exploring

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.

At Siena, it’s perfectly normal to enter as undeclared. In fact, about half the freshmen in the School of Business and School of Liberal Arts do! Furthermore, half the students who have chosen a major will change it at least once while attending Siena. Some facts about coming in undeclared at Siena:

  • 97% of recent graduates, who started out undeclared, were hired at their first full time job within one year of graduating.
  • 2/3 participate in an internship.
  • 40% go on to receive a graduate, doctorate, medical, law or other professional degree.

Employers of our Graduates

Some of the organizations employing Siena alumni who started out as undeclared include:

American Express
Ayco
Bank of America
Bose Corporation
Catholic Charities
CBS Corporation
CDPHP
Comcast
Conde Nast
GE
GlobalFoundries
IBM
JP Morgan
KPMG
Liberty Mutual
Massachusetts General Hospital
Merrill Lynch
MetLife
Nestle
New York State
Nielsen
PepsiCo
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sony
Travelers Insurance
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. House of Representatives
Verizon
Viacom
Wells Fargo
Xerox

Graduate and Professional Schools

Alumni who began with an undeclared major graduated from Siena and went on to prestigious grad and professional schools, including:

Albany Law School
Boston College
Boston University
Columbia University
CUNY Baruch College
Georgia Tech
New York University
Northeastern University
Oklahoma State University
Pace University
Syracuse University
Union College
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Tennessee

Your Path at Siena

How long can I remain undeclared?

Siena does not require you to declare a major until the beginning of your junior year, giving you plenty of time to choose one that’s right for you. It also gives you plenty of time to complete your major requirements in your junior and senior years. That means you can still graduate in four years, even if you’re undeclared for two of them.

How will I choose my major?

Siena is dedicated to helping students find the “right fit” major. Some of the ways this is accomplished include:

  • Taking classes in the college core and/or electives
  • Talking to other students about their majors
  • Talking to their advisors and other faculty about their fields
  • Meeting with a career center counselor about interests, character traits, likes and dislikes and in order to build a profile that connects them to specific career. Then, they explore majors that will help lead them to their career of choice.
  • Attending events held each by different majors that highlight why students take this major and what graduates do with it.

Will I have an academic advisor as an undeclared student?

Don’t worry…you won’t be on your own. As an undeclared student at Siena, you’ll have an academic advisor who will be with you every step of the way in your search for the perfect major. In addition, our Career Center will help you navigate the decision-making process and identify your skills, interests, personality and values.

Will I graduate on time?

On average, students who enter Siena undeclared graduate at virtually the same rate as students who enter with a chosen major.

What courses should I take?

Just like declared students, you’ll meet with your academic advisor each semester to plan your schedule so you stay on track and graduate on time. During your first two years at Siena, you’ll be busy with core courses—those liberal arts classes all Siena students take in addition to their major. Your core courses may even lead you to discover an interest in history or biology or business that you never knew you had.