Religious Studies

Religious Studies Department

The Religious Studies Department gives all students at Siena College a general knowledge of religion in the modern world, and offers a major and minor to those desiring a career or more in-depth study in religion.

Left to right: Dr. Fareed Munir, Dr. Michael Dick, Dr. Peter Zaas, Dr. Lois Daly, Dr. Perundevi Srinivasan, Dr. Joseph Allegretti, Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M., Dr. Tom Dickens, Dr. Holly Grieco, Fr. Dennis Tamburello, O.F.M.
Left to right: Dr. Fareed Munir, Dr. Michael Dick, Dr. Peter Zaas, Dr. Lois Daly, Dr. Perundevi Srinivasan, Dr. Joseph Allegretti, Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M., Dr. Tom Dickens, Dr. Holly Grieco, Fr. Dennis Tamburello, O.F.M.

The principal mission of the Religious Studies Department is to help students at Siena understand and appreciate the meanings and roles of religion in human culture. The academic investigation of religion is a component of a liberal arts education and clearly has an important function at a college sustained by the Franciscan tradition.

The Department presents in its courses a critical study and appreciation of the various religious traditions of the world. Through this approach to Religious Studies, the Department provides students with an opportunity to explore the significance of human existence in its relation to the sacred, and alerts them to the importance of religious beliefs and practices in the political, social, aesthetic, and economic arenas.

Our courses are designed for all students, regardless of their personal religious stance, and approach religious experience from cross-cultural, multidisciplinary and global perspectives.


Department Chair

Linh Hoang

Fr. Linh N. Hoang , O.F.M.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

203 Clare Center

(518) 782‑6568

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