Majors, Minors, & Certificates

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.

Program Highlights:

  • Small class sizes
  • Student-centered approach
  • Combines students’ desire for knowledge and self-understanding
  • Discussion based courses
  • Focus on the development of critical thinking skills
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Fosters connections to a broader, more diverse world

Success Stats

  • For the Class of 2013, 91% are employed or in graduate school
  • One in three students study abroad
  • 40% receive a master’s, doctorate or professional degree
  • The freshman retention rate is 92%
  • One in five students participate in an independent study or research project
  • 58% participate in internships

Skills Developed

  • Critical thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Facility for addressing diverse, multicultural, and theoretically complex topics and concerns
  • Capacity for dialogue, peer-to-peer, and small-group engagement
  • Lifelong passion for reading and new learning

Employers of our Graduates

  • Albany Medical Center
  • ESPN Federal Judiciary
  • Fidelity Investments
  • GE
  • InStyle Magazine
  • J. Crew
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Peace Corps
  • Pearson Education
  • PepsiCo
  • The New York Post
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Verizon
  • Univision

Internship Sites

  • Cengage Learning
  • College Fashionista
  • Events With Style
  • Her Campus
  • New York State
  • O Magazine
  • Times Union
  • Troy Business Improvement District
  • Saratoga Living Magazine
  • Siena Sports Communications
  • SUNY Press
  • WAMC
  • WTEN
  • YNN Albany

Job Titles of Recent Graduates

  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • English Teacher
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Manager of Creative Strategy
  • Marketing Manager
  • Media Relations Coordinator
  • Online Media Planner
  • Performance Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Public Relations Associate
  • Technical Editor
  • Television Anchor/Reporter
  • Web Marketing and Social Media Strategist

English Department

The Siena College English Department will introduce you to literary cultures from around the world. You will choose from courses dedicated to thoughtful analysis of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, graphic novels, photography, and film. In addition, you will acquire skills essential to critical thinking, writing, collaboration, and communication.

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Career Opportunities

English Professors teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: English Professor, English Instructor, Professor, Instructor, General Education Instructor, Professor of English, Humanities Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of English, Assistant Professor of English

Wages:

The median annual wage was $60,040 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Job titles include: Author, Freelance Writer, Novelist, Songwriter, Lyricist, Book Reviewer, Creative Writer, Documentary Script Writer, Freelance Journalist, Librettist

Wages:

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

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

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.

Proofreaders and Copy Markers read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors.

Job titles include: Copy Editor, Proofreader, Assistant Editor, Desk Editor, Typesetter, Page Designer, Production Assistant, Content Editor, Copyholder, Editorial Assistant

Wages:

The median annual wage was $32,780 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 0-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

Job titles include: Convention Services Manager (CSM), Conference Planning Manager, Conference Services Manager, Catering Manager, Events Manager, Conference Planner, Director of Conference Services, Conference Manager, Director of Events, Event Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $45,810 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher 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.

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.

Marketing Managers plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm’s profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm’s customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

Job titles include: Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, Vice President of Marketing, Business Development Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Account Supervisor, Business Development Director, Commercial Lines Manager, Commercial Marketing Specialist, Market Development Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $119,480 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% 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.

Copywriters write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

Job titles include: Copywriter, Account Executive, Advertising Copy Writer, Advertising Writer, Communications Specialist, Freelance Copywriter, Production Director, Advertising Associate, Web Content Writer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,940 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.

​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.

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.

Broadcast and Journalism Professors teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Communication Professor, Instructor, Communication Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Speech Professor, Speech Instructor, Mass Communications Professor, Communication Lecturer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $62,180 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% 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.

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.

Interpreters and Translators interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Job titles include: Court Interpreter, Deaf Interpreter, Educational Interpreter, Interpreter, Medical Interpreter, Paraprofessional Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Spanish Interpreter, Technical Translator, Translator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $45,430 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher 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.

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.

Producers plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. Directors interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Job titles include: Producer, News Producer, Television News Producer, Promotions Producer, Television Producer (TV Producer), Animation Producer, Executive Producer, Newscast Producer, Radio Producer, Associate Producer, Director, Television Director (TV Director), Artistic Director, Newscast Director, Stage Manager, Technical Director, News Production Supervisor, Television Newscast Director, Assistant Director, Associate Artistic Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $71,350 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Job titles include: Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, Communication Specialist, Educational Speech-Language Clinician, Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist, Speech and Language Clinician, Speech and Language Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Speech/Language Therapist, Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped

Wages:

The median annual wage was $69,870 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Radio and Television Announcers speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Job titles include: News Anchor, Anchor, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor), Announcer, Meteorologist, Host, Program Director, Sports Director, Radio Announcer, News Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $28,020 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow -2-2% 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.

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

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

Job titles include: Market Research Analyst, Market Analyst, Project Manager, Market Research Consultant, Client Service and Consulting Manager, Market Research Manager, Product Line Manager, Business Development Specialist, Client Services Vice President, Communications Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $60,300 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.