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

Earn your B.S. in accounting from an AACSB-accredited institution with a near-perfect job placement rate for graduates who go onto the M.S. in Accounting program! Gain the analytical, communication, technological and teamwork skills that prepare you for accounting and business positions in both the public and private sectors. This undergraduate program prepares students for success in Siena’s Masters in Accounting program and beyond.

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Accounting Theory and Foundations

The accounting theory and foundations concentration, offers a significant level of professional level accounting and technical education to students.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Actuarial Science

Consistently rated as one of the best careers in America, actuarial science is a combination of math, economics and finance that studies the assessing, pricing and institutional risk used in the insurance industry and financial professions. Our rigorous curriculum satisfies Casualty Actuarial Society educational requirements and prepares you for competitive internships, professional exams and career success.

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American Studies

Explore the United States through a multitude of disciplines such as history, literature, art, sociology, political science, religion, gender and multicultural studies. A degree in American studies gives you a strong foundation for a number of careers, including law, politics, public relations and broadcasting.

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Astronomy

​This minor aims to provide students with an introduction to modern astronomy. Students in this program explore the science of space beyond Earth’s atmosphere, starting with the origin of the Universe. This provides them with a diverse scientific background as they prepare for future work in the sciences and beyond.

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Astrophysics

​Students with a strong interest in science and mathematics will be interested in exploring Siena’s astrophysics minor. In the program, students blend together the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the life cycles of stars and other celestial bodies. These students gain a solid grounding for continued education in the sciences.

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Biochemistry

As the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms, biochemistry is a dynamic major with diverse career opportunities. Siena offers small, faculty-taught classes with an emphasis on undergraduate research conducted in 34 research and training laboratories, with access to advanced instrumentation in the cutting-edge SAInT Center.

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Biology

The biology program at Siena prepares you for a variety of career paths—from engineering to zoology to careers in health care and more—as well as competitive graduate and professional programs. Small, faculty-taught classes focus on critical thinking and active engagement through a broad-based, laboratory-intensive curriculum.  

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Business (Business Concentration Major)

Siena’s business major is a flexible program allowing you to customize your curriculum based on your individual interests and career goals. You get to choose from 20 relevant and marketable concentration like international business, sports marketing, business analytics and digital marketing.

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Business Analytics

Business analytics is focused on using statistical and other quantitative analyses of past performance to develop insight on future performance.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Chemistry

Enjoy small, faculty-taught classes that prepare you for competitive graduate school programs and careers in research, pharmaceuticals, education, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, medicine and medical technology. You’ll also do research—using state-of-the-art instruments—based on what you’re interested in studying.

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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

Siena’s computer science program features hands-on experience through group projects, labs, internships and one-on-one interaction with professors. You can concentrate on specific areas like software engineering and information systems, or sample a bit of everything. From robotics and web design to programming, you’ll have access to great career opportunities with starting salaries among the highest for bachelor degree graduates.

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Corporate Accounting and Internal Controls

The corporate accounting and internal controls concentration is designed for students pursuing careers in corporate accounting.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Corporate Finance

The corporate finance concentration is designed for students interested in building a deeper understanding of corporate finance, including budgeting, raising capital, capital structure, capital budgeting and risk management.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Creative Arts

Choose from tracks in visual arts, music, theatre or broadcast journalism. You can also combine courses like vocal performance, costume and makeup design, or journalism and documentary filmmaking, to create a custom experience that fits your interests. Get hands-on experience in our art studios, digital labs, private rehearsal rooms, scene and costume shops, theatre and television station.

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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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Data Science

Data plays an ever-increasing role in today’s society. Companies in every field need skilled employees with the technical know-how to transform all of that data into meaningful information. Set yourself apart and launch an in demand career through courses like database management, statistics and public opinion, as well as internships and team projects.

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Economics

Learn to use theory and data to assess economic policy and solve problems related to business and public issues. Gain a strong analytic foundation with a liberal arts focus, while exploring economic justice, community engagement, faculty mentorship and undergraduate research.

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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

Develop the skills that every employer wants: critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, engaging in effective dialogue and the ability to communicate ideas clearly. Through a diverse range of discussion-based courses in literature, film, criticism and writing, English majors prepare for a variety of careers while gaining a better understanding of the human experience.

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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.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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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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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.

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Film Studies

Film has been an artistic and popular medium of exploring representations of the world for over a century now, and film and media studies have grown progressively as an academic discipline for several decades.

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Finance

Siena’s finance major blends a robust liberal arts curriculum with highly specialized electives. It provides you with hands-on experience using the tools and technology of the financial industry via our state-of-the-art Hickey Financial Technology Center. One-hundred percent of our students are Bloomberg certified and 72 percent participate in internships. Saints are prepared to succeed!

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Financial Planning

The financial planning concentration is intended for the student interested in personal financial planning for individuals or families.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Forensic Science

The forensic science minor complements a wide range of majors by providing students with a concentration of forensic science coursework. It is designed to prepare students for future graduate education and/or on the job training in specialized fields within forensic science.

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Foundations of Economics

This concentration provides students with an introduction to economic analysis and theory, as well as its application to current events.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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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

It is anticipated that 759 million people will speak French by 2050, surpassing the number of English and Spanish speakers. Siena’s French major is taught in small classes, providing a well-rounded understanding of the language, its culture and history. Experience study abroad, volunteer, undergraduate research and internship opportunities—all deepening your classroom experience and opening doors to careers in teaching, diplomacy, international business and technology.

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Fundamentals of Finance

The investment fundamentals concentration is designed for students interested building a deeper understanding of the investment aspects of finance

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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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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Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

This concentration is designed for students pursuing careers in governmental and not-for-profit accounting.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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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 program prepares students to take an important and meaningful role in the medical field. The major and minor programs allow Saints to explore their specific interests, whether it be administration, policy or health science.

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History

Saints don’t just read about history. They experience it. One-hundred percent of students gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom through internships, teaching or study abroad. Immerse yourself in rigorous curriculum, including the innovative capstone requirement, and discover a career in business, law, government, education and public history in the U.S. and abroad.

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Human Resource Development

Students pursuing this minor will examine the critical role of human resource development in achieving an organization's strategic objectives. Emphasis will be placed on skills and techniques for developing an integrated approach towards human resource functions aligned with the organization's strategy.

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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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Interdisciplinary Research Methods

The Interdisciplinary Research Methods Certificate program is designed to provide students interested in pursuing graduate studies or research-related careers the opportunity to build on the analytical skills that they acquire in their major and to strengthen their research methods background by taking a more comprehensive interdisciplinary approach.

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International Business

This concentration prepares students for the expanding and dynamic field of international business.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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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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Investment Fundamentals

The investment fundamentals concentration is intended for students interested building a deeper understanding of the investment aspects of finance, including debt and equity investing, portfolio management and risk.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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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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Journalism

Students in the Journalism 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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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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Leadership

This series of courses examines the critical role of leadership in achieving an organization's strategic objectives in a global environment. This concentration prepares students to start a business, work in the public or private sectors, join a not-for-profit or pursue graduate education.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Management

To be successful in today’s diverse, global business environment you need a set of critical management skills. At Siena, you are taught by an accomplished faculty, gaining the experience and capabilities that your future employers—many of whom are successful alumni—say are needed to thrive. And with one in four graduates saying a Siena connection led to their first or current job, it’s a group worth listening to!

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Marketing

Sports marketing, advertising, social media, market research—there’s so many exciting opportunities in this career field!  At Siena, you’ll get valuable hands-on experience through local business collaboration, academic research and internship opportunities that will pave the way for success in whatever aspect of marketing you are most passionate about.

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Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing

The concentration in marketing communications and digital marketing equips students to become more engaged with consumers through effective communications using traditional media and digital platforms. Common career options include: marketing communications specialists, marketing communication analysts, account managers, creative marketing communication professionals, marketing promotions specialists, and marketing communications managers.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Marketing Research and Analytics

The concentration in marketing research and analytics equips students to become more engaged with consumers through design, analyses, interpretation and delivery of robust analytical insights that lead to consumer-centered strategic marketing decisions.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Mathematics

Looking for a foundation to help you succeed just about anywhere? A mathematics degree can lead you to a career in the physical or social sciences, education, law, business, medicine or government. As a Saint, you have student research opportunities, presentations at national conferences and valuable internships. For future math teachers, our top-notch education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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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 design by combining digital art and computer science. In courses such as web design, graphic design, digital photography, and management information systems you’ll learn to create dynamic visuals in web and print media.

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Not-For-Profit Consulting

This concentration examines the role of consulting as an opportunity to enhance not-for-profit performance and sustainability.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Nursing (RN to BS)

Siena’s RN to BS Baldwin Nursing Program is for associate's degree and licensed registered nurses seeking to further their education. Set apart by our program mission, Caring Science Curriculum, cohort approach and state-of-the-art health assessment lab, Siena’s program prepares you for numerous career opportunities in as few as 24 months.

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Nursing - Dual Degree

Earn two degrees—associate’s and bachelor’s in nursing—through one seamless program. Get a strong academic foundation in liberal arts with small classes that provide personal attention and invaluable, hands-on experience in cutting edge health assessment and simulation labs.


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Philosophy

Philosophy is a discipline having two hearts: one encourages reasoned and critical thinking and the other explores the nature of goodness and living well as humans. Saints learn to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life, preparing for any job or career that values reasoned and ethical interpretative skills, as well as the ability to create text and discourse. Siena is home to the Symposium of Living Philosophers, a unique, yearlong undergraduate seminar. That’s a lot to think about!

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Physics

Focused on active student participation in cutting-edge research, this hands-on program prepares you for exciting careers in physics, engineering, astronomy, business, education and technology. And keep this in mind: 100 percent of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school.

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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

One of Siena’s most popular majors, the psychology program prepares you to enter graduate programs and/or careers in specialties like clinical health psychology, school psychology, child psychology, forensic psychology and more. You’ll also be ready to for success in a wide variety of other careers like non-profit management, human resources, counseling, training and development, education and mediation.

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Public History

The certificate in public history combines history, creative arts and business to prepare students for careers in public and applied history.

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Real World Economics

Why did banks fail in the Great Recession of 2008? How does who you are matter for what you get paid? Does college pay? This concentration explores headlining economic debates and helps students refine their opinions on sensitive and important real world issues using economic thinking and data.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Religious Studies

Studying the world's religions is a central part of understanding different human cultures. Religions shape how human beings interpret and interact with other humans, with nature, and with what we take to be most sacred. Understanding the roles religion plays in society, politics and economics is ideal preparation for careers in today’s multicultural, global environment.

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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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Sales and Business to Business Marketing

The concentration in sales and business to business marketing equips students to become more engaged with consumers through relationship building and relationship management.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Science, Technology and Value

The Science, Technology, and Value minor is designed to appeal to students with major fields of study in the natural and social sciences, as well as students who are interested in careers in health sciences, law, and public policy. This minor provides helps prepare students to address the challenges of living and working in a world increasingly defined by the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs. The minor builds upon the student’s own background in natural and social sciences and draws upon multiple resources of philosophy to promote critical reflection on how social media, robotics, bio-technology, surveillance devices, and other modern forces are re-defining our humanity.

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Social Work

Do you desire to make a difference in the world through helping others? Nationally accredited since 1985, Siena’s social work program provides you with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for a professional career in social work. With an emphasis on both classroom and hands-on experiences—including a yearlong internship in a setting you choose— it’s no wonder our alumni have found success in so many settings.

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Sociology

Sociology addresses the most challenging matters facing society today. Saints strive to better understand the complex social forces that affect people’s lives, in addition to becoming engaged in the study of and solutions to these issues. Applied media studies, team-based learning, service learning programs, internships and a senior capstone course provide the perspective and experience necessary to prepare you for a successful career in a number of fields such as human resources, law, research, public policy, public relations, media and more.

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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. ¡Empecemos!

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Sports and Services Marketing

The concentration in sports and services marketing equips students to become more engaged with consumers through strategic marketing decisions and branding decisions as they pertain to sports and services. Common career options include: event managers, not-for-profit services marketing, for-profit services marketing, sports promotion specialists, event managers, sports media managers, athlete branding, and team branding specialists.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Strategic Communication

This concentration allows students to examine the critical role of strategic business communication in achieving an organization's objectives, including during times of crisis. It is excellent preparation for students who want to start a business, work in the public or private sectors, join a not-for-profit or pursue graduate education.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Strategic Human Resource Development

This series of courses examines the critical role of human resource management in achieving an organization's strategic objectives. This concentration is excellent preparation for students who want to start a business, work in the public or private sectors, join a not-for-profit or pursue graduate education.

Note: A concentration can be used in different ways depending on a student’s major. Students in the business major pair two concentrations from different disciplines. The concentrations are also available to students in other majors.

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Student Designed Interdisciplinary Major

Are you interested in accounting and French? Do you love Shakespeare as much as chemistry? The Student Designed Interdisciplinary Program is perfect for highly motivated and independent students who want to create a customized major focused on individual strengths and interests. Those who enter as undeclared and maintain a 3.3 grade point average in the first year are welcome to propose a personalized course of study. Think of the possibilities!

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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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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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

At Siena, we offer a diverse range of writing courses, from Writing Poetry, to Rhetoric(s) of Hip-Hop Culture, to Experimental Fiction. All students at Siena—no matter their major—are welcome in WRIT (Writing and Communication) courses, and there are classes to suit every level of writer, from beginning to advanced. Students may elect to take one or more WRIT courses as electives; these courses help students to strengthen their written, oral communication, and critical thinking skills. WRIT courses also build skills for students’ majors and develop skills that are highly marketable to future employers or graduate schools.

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