Department Chair

  • Erich Hertz
    Associate Professor of English
    Kiernan Hall 214
    (518) 782-6896
    ehertz@siena.edu

English Honors Courses


English Honors courses are open to qualified students in any major with permission of the instructor. The English Honors program at Siena is student centered, designed for those who seek an intellectually exciting, collaborative learning experience. Instruction is conducted in seminar format, with students encouraged to take an active role in determining the direction of the class. The seminars allow close communication and interaction between a small number of students and the faculty, enriching the learning process.

English Honors Certificate
To earn a Certificate of Honors in English upon graduation a student must complete at least four English Honors seminars with an average of B plus or better, and maintain a cumulative index of at least 3.3. Both graduate schools and employers are impressed with the Certificate, knowing that such students, regardless of major, have outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Core and Honors Credit
Great Books (ENGL-090) fulfills the English Disciplinary Core Requirement, replacing the writing and literature course (ENGL-011). All upper-level English Honors Seminars (ENGL-490) count for the Core Area Literature requirement (CAL). All English Honors courses also may be counted towards the College Honors Program and/or towards the English major.