Majors, Minors, & Certificates

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.

​Program Highlights

  • Small classes
  • Personalized advising
  • Tracks in American History, European History, Non-Western History and Social Studies Education
  • Students complete a “History Outside the Classroom” requirement through mini-internships, teaching or study abroad
  • Service-learning opportunities abound, from engaging with local refugee immigrant communities to assisting historic sites through original research
  • Certificate programs in Revolutionary Era Studies and Latin American/Caribbean Studies
  • Innovative capstone requirement noted by the American Historical Association has led to awards, published research and helped graduates get into graduate and law schools
  • Award-winning chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society
  • Active history club that sponsors trips and a “Day of Living History” on campus
  • Undergraduate opportunities to work as research assistants with active scholars
  • Internships where students enjoy hands-on experience in sites of local, regional and national importance
  • Summer Scholars work alongside active historians as assistants, gaining hands-on experience with artifacts, documents and pedagogical techniques
  • A foreign language requirement and frequently offered travel courses to destinations like Italy, the Netherlands and Russia

Success Stats

  • 100% of students gain hands-on experience with history outside the classroom
  • 97% job or graduate school placement rate
  • 40% go on to earn a master’s doctorate or professional degree
  • One in three say a Siena connection led to their first or current job
  • 44% participate in internships

Employers of our Graduates and Student Internship Sites

  • Albany Institute of History and Art
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Apple
  • Autotask
  • Discovery Communications
  • Irish-American Heritage Museum
  • New York State Assembly
  • New York State Department of Labor
  • New York State Military Museum and Veteran’s Research Center
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • New York State Senate
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • Shaker Heritage Society
  • Syracuse City School District
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Walt Disney Co.
  • Wells Fargo

Job Titles of Recent Graduates

  • Analyst
  • Assignment Editor
  • Associate Director
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Branch Manager
  • Historic Site Interpreter
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Teacher

Department of History

As a history major at Siena College, you won’t just learn history—you’ll experience it. Here, you’ll research in archives, record oral histories, intern at museums, travel to historic sites, and work directly with active scholars and professionals. Our graduates go on to graduate schools and a wide range of careers in the United States and abroad. Find us on Facebook at History Department Siena College.

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Career Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fundraisers organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. May design and produce promotional materials. May also raise awareness of the organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $50,680 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Intelligence Analysts gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

Job titles inclue: Crime Analyst, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Criminal Intelligence Analyst Supervisor, Criminal Intelligence Specialist, Criminal Research Specialist, Detective and Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Officer, Intelligence Research Specialist, Supervisor Intelligence Analyst

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,300 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Geographers study the nature and use of areas of the Earth’s surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.

Job titles include: Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Program Director (GIS Program Director), Earth Observations Chief Scientist (NASA), Environmental Affairs Corporate Director, Environmental Scientist, GIS Geographer (Geographic Information Systems Geographer), GIS Physical Scientist (Geographic Information Systems Physical Scientist), Research Coordinator, Scientist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,760 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher 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.

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.

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.

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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.