Majors, Minors, & Certificates

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!

Who’s the program for?

Smart, highly motivated, independent self-starters like you.

What’s in it for you?

  • Customized classes: You design your academic program with your faculty adviser.
  • Personalized attention: Besides taking advantage of Siena’s small class sizes, you’ll work closely with your advisor and at least two other faculty mentors throughout your course of study.
  • Broad flexibility: To fulfill the requirements of your major, you’ll select courses from at least three different academic departments.

How do you get into the program?

  • As an undeclared Liberal Arts, Business or Science major, you spend your first year taking core courses required of all Siena students.
  • You maintain a 3.3 grade point average.
  • During the first semester of your sophomore year, you work up a proposal with a faculty member who will recommend you for the program and be your advisor.
  • Once the proposal is reviewed and approved, you’re off and running with a course of study you have created!

What are some possible concentrations?

  • Criminal Justice
  • Multimedia
  • Middle Eastern, Latin American or Asian Studies
  • International Business
  • Public Health
  • Forensic Science

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and creativity!

Student Designed Interdisciplinary Program

The Student Designed Interdisciplinary Major (SDIM) is a rigorous program for highly motivated students who have a clear plan, the creativity, and the determination to chart their own course of study. It is designed for students who have an interest other than the ones covered by traditional majors. SDIM can be a primary major or a second major.