Majors, Minors, & Certificates

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.

​Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes guarantee that students will work closely with faculty, and enjoy maximum flexibility and opportunity.
  • A special connection with the American Studies program at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (Albany’s sister city), brings Dutch students to Siena and sends Siena students to the Netherlands.
  • The McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution gives Siena American Studies majors access to internships and opportunities unique to our campus and our region.
  • A focus on service learning and community engagement gives students valuable skills and contacts through their regular academic program and beyond.
  • Opportunities to work alongside active historians as assistants, gaining experience with artifacts, documents and pedagogical techniques.
  • Internship placements throughout the historically rich Capital Region give students hands-on experience at sites of local, regional and national importance.
  • Senior capstone experience.

Skills Developed

According to the American Studies Association, “the greatest value of the American Studies major is diverse thinking. In no other curriculum is the student offered such a wide exposure to thinking and scholarship in so many areas.” American Studies majors know how to weigh a variety of evidence, whether visual, literary, historical, or statistical, and how to evaluate it for validity and perspective. Exposed to a wide range of methods, they are uniquely equipped to consider which tools are best for gathering, interpreting, and sharing information, fitting them for a wide variety of careers.

Employers of our Graduates

  • ABC News
  • CenturyLink (Carlisle, PA)
  • Children’s Village (Nanuet, NY)
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • History Press
  • Maple Leaf Realty
  • Parsons Family and Child Center
  • Siena College
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Marine Corps

Internship Sites

  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (through the McCormick Center’s William & Mary semester).
  • ABC (Good Morning America)
  • Grant Cottage State Historic Site
  • New York State Military Museum and Veteran’s Research Center
  • NBC
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American Studies Program

Siena’s American Studies Program provides in-depth exploration of the United States through a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, art, sociology, and political science, as well as religious, gender, and multicultural studies.

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Career Opportunities

Museums/historical sites industry engages in the preservation and exhibition of objects, sites, and natural wonders of historical, cultural, and/or educational value. Careers include curators, museum technicians and conservators and tour guides.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the museums/historical sites industry is expected to grow 15.6% by 2022.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Job titles include: Principal, Assistant Principal, Superintendent, Middle School Principal, Elementary Principal, High School Principal, School Superintendent, School Administrator, Athletic Director, Special Education Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $87,760 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Curators administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Job titles include: Curator, Museum Curator, Collections Curator, Associate Curator, Collections Manager, Curator of Collections, Curator of Education, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibits Curator, Gallery Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $49,590 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

History Professors teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: History Professor, Professor, Instructor, History Instructor, Professor of History, Associate Professor of History, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of History, Lecturer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $65,870 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Historians research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

Job titles include: Archivist, Historian, Professor of History, University Archivist, Professor, Research Associate, Special Collections Librarian, College Archivist, Director of Education, Director of Programs

Wages:

The median annual wage was $52,480 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Paralegals/Legal Assistants assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Job titles include: Paralegal, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Legal Clerk, Real Estate Paralegal, Summer Law Associate, Legal Analyst, Paralegal Specialist, Certified Paralegal, Immigration Paralegal

Wages:

The median annual wage was $46,990 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Archivists appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.

Job titles include: Archivist, Registrar, Archives Director, Manuscripts Curator, Collections Manager, Museum Archivist, Records Manager, University Archivist, Archival Records Clerk, Collections Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $47,340 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Librarians administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers’ advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

Job titles include: Librarian, Reference Librarian, Public Services Librarian, Library Media Specialist, Library Director, Technical Services Librarian, Catalog Librarian, Children’s Librarian, Serials Librarian, Medical Librarian

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,370 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.

Environmental Scientists conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Job titles include: Environmental Analyst, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Environmental Programs Specialist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Specialist, Hazardous Substances Scientist, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), Research Environmental Scientist, Senior Environmental Scientist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $63,570 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Sales Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

Job titles include: Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales, Director of Sales, District Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Sales Supervisor, General Manager, Sales and Marketing Vice President, Sales Representative and Store Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $105,260 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Human Resources Managers plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

Job titles include: Human Resources Manager (HR Manager), Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director (HR Director), Employee Benefits Manager, Human Resources Vice President and Employee Relations Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $99,720 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Human resource specialists perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

Job titles include: Corporate Recruiter, Employment Coordinator, Employment Representative, Employment Specialist, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources HR Generalist, Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist), Personnel Coordinator, Recruiter and Technical Recruiter.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,800 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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Writers and Authors originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,940 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Editors plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

Job titles include: Editor, Managing Editor, Newspaper Copy Editor, Sports Editor, Copy Editor, News Editor, Features Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Copy Desk Chief

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,880 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 0% from 2012 to 2022.

Photographers photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Job titles include: Photographer, Photojournalist, Newspaper Photographer, Newspaper Photojournalist, Advertising Photographer, News Photographer, Photo Editor, Sports Photographer, Studio Photographer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $28,490 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

The broadcasting industry includes radio and television broadcasting, as well as and cable and other subscription programming. It includes organizations that operate broadcasting studios and facilities for over the air or satellite delivery of radio and television programs of entertainment, news, talk, and the like. These establishments are often engaged in the production and purchase of programs and generating revenues from the sale of air time to advertisers and from donations, subsidies, and/or the sale of programs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 4% by 2022.

Public Relations Specialists engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Titles include: Account Executive, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Relations Specialist (PR Specialist), Public Information Officer, Communications Director, Communications Specialist, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations Coordinator, Corporate Communications Specialist, Media Relations Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $54,170 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

Job titles include: Public Relations Director, Account Supervisor, Account Executive, Public Relations Manager (PR Manager), Communications Director, Community Relations Director, Director of Public Relations, Public Affairs Director, Account Manager, Business Development Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $95,450 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Museum Technicians restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Job titles include: Conservator, Objects Conservator, Paintings Conservator, Conservation Technician, Exhibit Technician, Paper Conservator, Collections Manager, Preparator, Museum Registrar, Art Preparator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $38,220 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Secondary school teachers teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,050 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Higher education administrators, or postsecondary educational administrators, plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Job titles include: Dean, Registrar, Academic Dean, Provost, Academic Affairs Vice President, College President, Admissions Director, Dean of Students, Financial Aid Director, and Academic Affairs Dean.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $86,490 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Technical Writers write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Job titles include: Documentation Designer, Documentation Specialist, Engineering Writer, Expert Medical Writer, Information Developer, Narrative Writer, Requirements Analyst, Senior Technical Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $65,500 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Advertising and Promotions Managers plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or give-aways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.

Job titles include: Advertising Manager, Promotions Director, Advertising Director, Classified Advertising Manager, Marketing Director, Account Executive, Retail Advertising Sales Manager, Advertising Sales Manager, Marketing and Promotions Manager, Marketing Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $88,590 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

​Reporters and correspondents collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Job titles include: Reporter, Anchor, News Reporter, General Assignment Reporter, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor), Television News Reporter, Television Reporter (TV Reporter), Staff Writer, Sports Writer, News Director, Journalist, Columnist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $35,870 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 0% from 2012 to 2022.

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Job titles include: Attorney, Associate Attorney, Lawyer, Associate, Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, City Attorney, County Attorney, Partner and Assistant Counsel.

Wages:

The median annual wage for lawyers was $113,530 in May 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022