Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 82 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 82

Siena College Core Requirements


The College Core comprises 42 credits and 14 courses. It is divided into three areas:

Core First Year Seminar

FYSM is an important and required foundational core course sequence. If students fail (earn a grade of F or U) FYSM 100 (Fall Semester) or FYSM 101 (Spring Semester), they will be enrolled in a specially designated section of the course in the semester immediately  following the unsuccessful completion of FYSM 100 and/or FYSM 101.
 
There are no substitutions for FYSM 100 and FYSM 101. If an F or U is earned in FYSM 100 or FYSM 101, that grade will remain on a student’s transcript and continue to count in calculating the student’s GPA until the course is successfully retaken. Because there is a procedure for replacing a failing grade in FYSM 100 and FYSM 101, students should not withdraw from the course(s) unless they are withdrawing from all courses that semester and/or from the College.

Core Disciplinary

Students must successfully complete one course (minimum of 3 credits) in each of the following attribute areas: 

Creative Arts (CDA) English (CDE)
History (CDH) Natural Science (CDN)
Philosophy (CDP) Quantitative Analysis (CDQ)
Religious Studies (CDR) Social Science (CDS)

Students may use a maximum of one major course to satisfy the Core Disciplinary requirement area. These courses may not be taken Pass/Fail.

CREATIVE ARTS (CDA): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

ENGLISH (CDE): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

HISTORY (CDH): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

NATURAL SCIENCE (CDN): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA

 

PHILOSOPHY (CDP): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (CDQ): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES (CDR): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

SOCIAL SCIENCES (CDS): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

CORE FRANCISCAN CONCERN

Students must successfully complete one course (minimum of 3 credits) in each of the following attribute areas:

Diversity (CFD) Heritage (CFH)
Nature (CFN) Social Justice (CFJ)

All departments, except Religious Studies, allow their majors to count one major course to satisfy the Core Franciscan Concern requirement area and no more than one course from a subject (i.e. History, English, etc.) can be taken to meet this area. These courses may not be taken Pass/Fail.

DIVERSITY (CFD): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

HERITAGE (CFH): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

NATURE (CFN): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.

SOCIAL JUSTICE (CFJ): CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING AREA.