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.
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.
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.
“What is Our Responsibility to Refugees?” English Grad Asks
An interest in the plight of refugees that grew from a semester abroad in Berlin led Jenna Kersten ’17 to design an entire English course around how refugees are portrayed in literature. Read More
Siena Scholars Awarded Fulbright Grants
Siena seniors, Susana Garcia ’17 and Jenna Kersten ’17 and alumnus Eben Yonnetti ’12 have been selected for the 2017-2018 prestigious Fulbright U.S. Program, which offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Read More
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