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American Studies Program

Siena’s American Studies Program provides in-depth exploration of the United States through a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, art, sociology, and political science, as well as religious, gender, and multicultural studies.

Our American Studies Program is flexible and diverse; it allows you to pursue a variety of disciplines under one major. The program combines well with Siena’s Pre-Law program and Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies, as well as semester programs at Gettysburg College and William and Mary College. Our students also enjoy study abroad opportunities, internships, and second majors.

American Studies coursework

As an American Studies major at Siena, you’ll take foundational courses in American history and American literature. You’ll also choose two to four courses each in American history, social sciences, and American culture. In your senior year, you’ll complete a capstone course in which you’ll write an interdisciplinary thesis.

Career options for American Studies majors

Siena’s American Studies graduates have gone on to top graduate schools and have found careers in law, politics, business, public relations, publishing, broadcasting, and public history, to name just a few.


American Studies News

  • Saints Enjoy Behind-the-Scenes Look at White House/CIA

    Nine Siena students enjoyed the experience of a lifetime October 13-14, traveling to Washington, D.C. and Langley, Va. for a behind-the-scenes look at the White House and CIA. Deputy Director of Intelligence Integration Michael Dempsey '83 organized the trip, and the Saints also got the chance to meet with Director of Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli '80. Read More

  • David Verbraska '89: Broadway to Business

    On October 26th, David Verbraska ‘89, vice president of Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy at Pfizer Inc., returned to campus to take part in the School of Business Lecture Series. He told his story and relayed advice to Siena students through the lens of the popular Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Read More

  • Louis DeCaro Jr., Ph.D. Challenged History with Siena Community

    On Monday October 19, Louis DeCaro, Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of church history at Alliance Theological Seminary, hosted a lecture for the Siena Community on abolitionist John Brown. In his lecture, DeCaro aimed to shift the public perception of Brown from “terrorist” to “hero.” Read More



Department Chair

Karen Mahar

Karen W. Mahar

Professor of History

219 Kiernan Hall

(518) 782‑6570