Message from the Dean


Welcome to the School of Liberal Arts!


As the largest and most diverse of Siena College’s three Schools—with 11 departments and more than 40 academic programs—we are proud to prepare students by cultivating in them the skills sought by employers:

  • problem solving
  • communication
  • analytical ability
  • the application of multiple perspectives to ideas and to decision making
  • creativity
  • the ability to work in a team
  • cross-cultural competency

These are precisely the same skills needed to confidently confront—and even embrace—change and complexity in contemporary society.

I encourage you to browse our departmental websites to learn more about our rigorous and engaging curricula. You’ll also discover that we have outstanding faculty who are eager to share their academic expertise and to engage students in the transformative experience of becoming ethical and visionary leaders as well as responsible global citizens. Whatever your personal and professional goals may be, the time is now for a Liberal Arts education!

Janet Shideler, Ph.D 
Dean, School of Liberal Arts



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  • School of Liberal Arts
    Our Administrative Team
  • Siena Hall 321
    Phone: (518)783-2325
    Fax: (518)782-6548 
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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