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

  • “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

Department Chair

Erich Hertz

Erich Hertz

Professor of English and Film Studies

214 Kiernan Hall

(518) 782‑6896

Saint Spotlight

Stephen Pendergast

Class of 2018

English Major

"My most meaningful experience at Siena was becoming part of the Promethean (the school newspaper) and seeing some of my articles in print."