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School of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

Siena’s School of Liberal Arts is the largest and most diverse of the college’s three schools. Our eleven academic departments support more than forty major, minor, and certificate programs. Our varied and often interdisciplinary offerings will help you develop the problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, ethical reasoning, and communication skills employers say they seek most.

By studying the liberal arts at Siena, you do more than prepare for a career; you prepare for life in a complex, rapidly changing world. You learn to think critically and communicate clearly.  You learn to work effectively in teams even as you cultivate leadership qualities that set you apart from others. You learn how to synthesize multiple perspectives, inspired by the diversity of the human experience. You apply creativity, innovation and ethics to problem solving in all areas of your life. 

From the breadth of our core curriculum to the depth of your selected courses of study you will benefit from the broad-based knowledge and real-world skills that form the foundation for success in professional and personal life pursuits.

  • Students visit Assisi, Italy on a study tour.
    Students visit Assisi, Italy on a study tour.
  • The Friars are engaged with our students in the classroom and the community.
    The Friars are engaged with our students in the classroom and the community.
  • Students present original research from their Political Science Honors class on Human Rights at Academic Celebration.
    Students present original research from their Political Science Honors class on Human Rights at Academic Celebration.
  • Professor Scott Foster talks with a student about his work.
    Professor Scott Foster talks with a student about his work.
  • World-Renowned Philosopher Adriana Cavarero Featured at Symposium on Living Philosophers Tenth Anniversary
    World-Renowned Philosopher Adriana Cavarero Featured at Symposium on Living Philosophers Tenth Anniversary
  • Fall 2014 presentation of Child Soldier.
    Fall 2014 presentation of Child Soldier.
  • Siena Chamber Singers attend the Fall Conference of the American Choral Directors Association for an invited performance.
    Siena Chamber Singers attend the Fall Conference of the American Choral Directors Association for an invited performance.


School of Liberal Arts News

  • Siena Commencement 2018

    Siena College held its 78th Commencement ceremony at Albany's Times Union Center on Sunday, May 13. Read More

  • Mayan Hands

    We see the lovely handcrafted items at fair trade markets – colorful scarves and table runners, felt slippers and toys, baskets, and more. Read More

  • What Can You Do With That “Useless” Liberal Arts Degree?

    In a day and age where STEM majors have plentiful opportunities for jobs, Liberal Arts majors are often made to think that they may not have a good chance at getting a job post-graduation. Read More

Dean

Lara Whelan

Lara Whelan

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of English

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Saint Spotlight

Christopher LaPointe

Class of 2018

English Major

Enfield, C.T.


When I was looking for my ideal school, I knew that I needed a small-school atmosphere to be able to get the individual attention I needed to succeed. Everyone takes such pride and care in what they do; I knew right from the first visit that Siena would be able to give me the one-on-one interaction with professors that I craved.

The Siena Difference

#11 Saints graduate. 74% of Siena students graduate after four years, which is more than twice the rate of our public school competitors.