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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.

Department Chair

Karen Mahar

Karen W. Mahar

Professor of History

228 Kiernan Hall

(518) 782‑6570