English Department

The Siena College English Department will introduce you to literary cultures from around the world. You will choose from courses dedicated to thoughtful analysis of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, graphic novels, photography, and film. In addition, you will acquire skills essential to critical thinking, writing, collaboration, and communication.

Why study English?

As an English major, you will develop important, lifelong skills that will serve you well in any career—skills including critical thinking, effective communication, and research. You will better understand the human experience through diverse perspectives. You will learn to engage in respectful discussion and debate about historical, social, theoretical, and ethical concerns. In the process, you will sharpen your language and writing skills and expand your imagination and creativity.

English at Siena

Our students choose from a diverse range of courses in literature, film, criticism, writing and rhetoric, as well as special topics Honors seminars.  English majors write for the college newspaper, the yearbook, and Siena’s Pendragon literary magazine.  They study abroad, pursue internships at PR and marketing firms, newsrooms, and businesses, and our English Education majors fulfill their student teaching requirements at area schools.  Each year, our best majors are inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society.  All our English graduates are versatile, well rounded, and well prepared for civic and intellectual life beyond Siena.

Careers for English majors

Our English majors often go on to careers in education or journalism, but many also pursue successful careers in business, law, medicine, public service, theater, and counseling. Some of our majors pursue graduate programs in English or writing.  When you graduate with an English degree, you are prepared for any career that requires strong communication, effective collaboration, critical evaluation, and the ability to write clearly.  In other words, your English degree will help you to pursue a wide variety of intellectually and personally rewarding vocations.

English News

  • First Generation in College at Siena: Todd Snyder

    The first segment of the “First Generation in College at Siena” discussion series was held Tuesday, January 31. Todd Snyder, Ph.D., assistant professor of English was the series’ first speaker. Read More

  • Memorial for Margaret Hannay, Ph.D., Featured on Renaissance Society of America

    An article written in memoriam of former Siena College English professor, Margaret Hannay, Ph.D., was featured on The Renaissance Society of America website.
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  • Countdown to Commencement: Alicia Rydjeski '16

    Find out why Alicia will be living in Japan next year! Read More

Department Chair

Erich Hertz

Erich Hertz

Professor of English and Film Studies

214 Kiernan Hall

(518) 782‑6896

Saint Spotlight

Margaret Baxter

Class of 2016

English Major

Mahwah, N.Y.

I chose English because it was something I had always enjoyed. I have learned how to think creatively and critically from diverse perspectives through doing what I love, which is reading and writing.