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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

  • Retiring Dean Receives Francis Medal

    A full and rewarding career in teaching, administration and scholarly research has been capped off with the awarding of the Francis Medal. Read More

  • Commencement 2017

    Check out the live feed! Read More

  • School of Liberal Arts Awards

    Siena’s School of Liberal Arts held its first-ever awards breakfast on April 27 to recognize outstanding teaching and service during the past academic year. The awards were presented by interim Dean James Harrison. Read More

Dean

James Harrison

James C. Harrison

Interim Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Professor of History

204A Siena Hall

(518) 783‑2353


I am native of Texas where I was influenced by the Spanish heritage surrounding my upbringing. After graduating from the University of Texas, I took time out from education to serve in the Navy where I was a combat helicopter pilot from…read more

Saint Spotlight

April Backus

Class of 2012

Sociology Major

West Winfield, N.Y.


Being a part of the Bonner Service Leaders Program was the most life changing decision I have ever made. Bonner opened my eyes to new perspectives, put my sociology degree to work and made me a part of a National network of people committed to social justice and community engagement.

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.