Majors, Minors, & Certificates

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.

Although other Franciscan colleges and universities offer academic programs that explore the Franciscan Tradition in terms of its history and spirituality, the minor in Franciscan Service and Advocacy is unique to Siena College. It demonstrates Siena’s commitment to form women and men who, in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, will live as the lesser sisters and brothers of all those with whom they share their lives, especially the poor and marginalized of our neighborhoods, our cities, and, indeed, our world.

Program Highlights

  • Unique program not found at any other college or university.
  • Internship experience that places students in hands-on service of the poor and marginalized people of the Capital Region.
  • Emphasis on academic and personal reflection through the lens of the Franciscan tradition and Catholic social teaching.
  • Encourages students to consider the values that underlie the choices they make and the people they become as a result of those choices.
  • Students learn the skills they will need as people dedicated to serving the world in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Careers

Students who graduate with the minor in Franciscan Service and Advocacy go on to work in a variety of fields. They are doctors and lawyers, accountants and managers, professors, high school teachers and parish youth ministers. In all these fields, they bring the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi and his commitment to brotherhood/sisterhood with all people, especially the poor and the suffering of our world.

Internship Sites

Koinonia Primary Medical Care in Albany, Joseph’s House in Troy, and the Boys and Girls Club in Rensselaer. Students in the Minor of Franciscan Service and Advocacy are also encouraged to take internships in their respective majors.

Franciscan Center

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” – Saint Francis of Assisi

Minors:


Career Opportunities

Clergy conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Job titles include: Pastor, Confessor, Minister, Catholic Priest, Priest, Rector, Children’s Minister, Children’s Pastor, College Chaplain, Evangelism Pastor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,060 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Philosophy and Religious Studies Professors teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Philosophy Professor, Religion Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Philosophy Instructor, Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies Professor, Humanities Professor, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Wages:

The median annual wage was $64,990 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

Job titles include: Operations Manager, General Manager (GM), Director of Operations, Plant Manager, Store Manager, Facilities Manager, Plant Superintendent, Vice President of Operations, Warehouse Manager, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $95,440 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Directors of Religious Activities and/or Education plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

Job titles include: Children’s Ministries Director, Christian Education Director, Religious Education Director, Christian Education Minister, Youth Ministry Director, Youth Pastor, Youth Director, Associate Pastor, Children’s Minister, Women’s Ministry Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $37,280 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Accountants analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Job titles include: Accountant, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, Cost Accountant, General Accountant, Accounting Officer, Business Analyst, Accounting Supervisor, Financial Reporting Accountant

Wages:

The median annual wage was $63,550 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

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

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 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.