Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Religious Studies

Studying the world's religions is a central part of understanding different human cultures. Religions shape how human beings interpret and interact with other humans, with nature, and with what we take to be most sacred. Understanding the roles religion plays in society, politics and economics is ideal preparation for careers in today’s multicultural, global environment.

Siena’s Religious Studies Department seeks not to persuade students to become religious or to adhere to one religion rather than another. We explore the historical and contemporary diversity of the world’s religions, helping students better understand the roles religions play in society, in politics, in the arts, and in economics.​

Program Highlights

  • Fieldwork that allows students to learn firsthand about the experiences of local religious persons.
  • A focus on improving our students’ abilities to analyze complex arguments and to articulate and defend reasoned responses to them.
  • Students develop marketable skills such as communicating ideas clearly, listening carefully, valuing teamwork and appreciating the impact of beliefs and practices others typically take for granted.
  • Internationally recognized faculty experts with degrees from top U.S. universities.
  • Preparation for a wide-variety of career paths, including teaching, social service, counseling, various forms of ministry, law, medicine and business.
Religious Studies

Religious Studies Department

The Religious Studies Department gives all students at Siena College a general knowledge of religion in the modern world, and offers a major and minor to those desiring a career or more in-depth study in religion.

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Career Opportunities

School Counselors counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Job titles include Guidance Counselor, Counselor, School Counselor, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Career Services Director, Academic Counselor, Advisor and Career Center Director.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,610 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.

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.

Mental Health Counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Job titles include Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Correctional Counselor, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist and Therapist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $40,080 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Social and Community Service Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization’s budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Job titles include: Program Director, Social Services Director, Program Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator, Adoption Services Manager, Children’s Service Supervisor, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Social Worker (CSBG/Outreach Social Worker), Director of Child Welfare Services, Director of Social Services

Wages:

The median annual wage was $59,970 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% 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.

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.

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.