Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Philosophy

Philosophy is a discipline having two hearts: one encourages reasoned and critical thinking and the other explores the nature of goodness and living well as humans. Saints learn to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life, preparing for any job or career that values reasoned and ethical interpretative skills, as well as the ability to create text and discourse. Siena is home to the Symposium of Living Philosophers, a unique, yearlong undergraduate seminar. That’s a lot to think about!

​Program Highlights

  • Exploration of contemporary philosophical questions through the lens of the history of philosophy.
  • Students achieve an understanding of the central figures and texts in the history of philosophy, the four traditional theories of ethics together with an understanding of the nature of justice, and the formal techniques used to evaluate arguments.
  • A focus on teaching students to carefully read, comprehend and compress written material, to compare and contrast a range of positions on a given topic, to defend a specific position on a topic and to write clearly and in an organized fashion.
  • Development of the ability to apply philosophical positions and arguments to other academic disciplines and to matters of public interest.
  • Faculty with broad research and teaching interests in the Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, a variety of topics in American Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy and Continental Philosophy.
  • Home to the Symposium of Living Philosophers, a unique undergraduate educational experience where students have the opportunity to take a yearlong seminar on the work of one of the central figures in contemporary philosophy. Students then work directly with the featured philosopher, as well a variety of guest lecturers from universities around the country. Featured philosophers have included: Richard Rorty, Michael Walzer, John Caputo, Anthony Appiah and Judith Butler.

Recent Graduate/Professional Schools

  • Albany Law School
  • Albany Medical School
  • MA Program in Environmental Policy, Lehigh University
  • MA Program in Philosophy, Boston College
  • MA Program in Philosophy, Colorado State University
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law

Philosophy Department

Philosophy teaches students to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life. We explore not only how things are, but also how they could have been and how they ought to be. Philosophy majors and minors routinely score high on all standardized tests and go on to successful careers in business, education, government, law, medicine and public policy.

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Career Opportunities

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.

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

Job titles include: Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator), Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator (ADR Mediator), Arbiter, Arbitrator, Commissioner, Family Mediator, Federal Mediator, Labor Arbitrator, Mediator, Public Employment Mediator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $61,280 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% 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.

Legislators are elected to develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $19,780 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% 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.

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.

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.

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.

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% (faster than average) 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.

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.

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

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Job titles include: Sports Medicine Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Naturopathic Physician, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Medical Scientist, Pediatrician, Surgeon, Obstetrician, Gynecologist, Family and General Practitioner, Internist, Oncologist, Cardiologist, Anesthesiologist and Neurologist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $187,200 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 18% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Graduate Teaching Assistants assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

Job titles include: Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Assistant, Instructor, Graduate Fellow, Graduate Research Assistant, Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Fellow, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $31,270 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.

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.