From day one, the Siena Heights Spanish program strives to speak Spanish. Students will spend as much time as possible using the target language.
We do this by removing grammar lecture from the classroom thus allowing more time for activities. Students can see the kinds of videos that we use here.
We work closely with academic advisors so that students can pair a Spanish minor/major with a business major or a communications major to name a few. After completing intermediate Spanish, students have the option to spend three months living with a Costa Rican host family while attending Veritas University in San Jose, Costa Rica. While abroad, students live with families, travel on the weekends, and take five classes (three Spanish classes and two electives).
Meet the Spanish program faculty.
Associate Professor of Spanish517-264-7694
#1. We incorporate the flipped classroom to spend more time speaking Spanish instead of talking about Spanish
#2. Most courses incorporate a technology-based final project that is posted to YouTube
#3. Work to send all Spanish majors and minors to Costa Rica for a semester
Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Spanish.
A major in Spanish increases your job opportunities, employability, and marketability. Employers seek people who can speak a second language. People who study Spanish at Siena Heights University understand how cultures interact with one and another and are able to apply those skills in future jobs. Some career opportunities include:
- Bilingual Education
- Cultural Officer
- Customs and Immigration
- Foreign Service Officer
- Health professions
- Interpretation and Translation
- Law Enforcement
- Social Worker
- Travel Agent
- Volunteer Agencies
In Spring 2014, a group of SHU Spanish students and Maestro Nick Kaplan were featured in the Chicago Tribune after completing the Fox River Taco Challenge. Maestro Kaplan and Siena alumnus Lee Rincon invented the challenge based on an article written by Tribune writer Kevin Pang. Following a map of taquerías (taco restaurants) along the Fox River (west of Chicago), the students ate one taco at each of the 11 restaurants before returning to Siena Heights.