Dec 10, 2018  
2018 Siena Heights University Catalog 
  
2018 Siena Heights University Catalog

Degrees, Programs & Policies



Graduate College Degree Requirements and Restrictions

Graduate courses are typically scheduled from 8-weeks to 16-weeks in length and utilize a variety of formats: traditional classroom, blended (mixture of classroom and online), and totally online. The Organizational, Health Care, and Higher Education Leadership programs are offered totally online and in hybrid formats on the Adrian campus. The Graduate College has three (3) sessions: fall, winter, and summer. All three (3) sessions are broken into two sub-sessions: fall 1 and fall 2; winter 1 and winter 2; and summer 1 and summer 2.

All graduate programs are based on professional competencies recognized by external authorities. The Education Program complies with standards set by the Michigan Department of Education. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program complies with standards set by the Michigan Board of Counseling.

In addition to coursework, the master’s degree programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, most concentrations in Education, and the Health Care Leadership program, require at least one three-credit-hour practicum or internship.

Canvas Student Orientation Requirement

It is important that the student familiarize themselves with the Graduate College website at https://mysiena.sienaheights.edu/ICS/Departments_and_Offices/Graduate_College/. Please refer to Important Documents on the left side of the page. Part of becoming familiar with the website also involves becoming familiar with the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). New students completing online coursework are required to complete the Canvas Student Orientation. Begin by:

  1. Go to https://mysiena.sienaheights.edu/ics/ 
  2. Select Canvas Homepage under My LMS Courses (right-hand side of page)
  3. Under the Canvas Dashboard (left-hand side of page), select Student Orientation.
  4. If a student experiences any difficulty logging on to MySiena, gaining access to courses, or accessing the orientation, please call the IT Help Desk at 517-264-7655.

Degree Planning and Advising

Following acceptance, part of the admissions process involves students and advisors developing a degree plan. This degree plan outlines the sequence of courses that the student will take. The degree plan takes into account which terms courses are offered, how many courses a student intends to take every year, and options if modifications to the plan are necessary. Because the degree plan is a tentative plan, the student is expected to initiate a meeting with the advisor to revise or make needed changes to the tentative degree plan.

Time Commitments

Most three (3) credit-hour graduate courses require students to attend live class sessions for a total of 10.5 to 42 hours and require an additional 50 – 150 hours of out-of-class and/or online learning activities, or 5 – 12 hours per week. Thus, part-time students are encouraged to take no more than two (2) courses per sub-session. Experience has shown that students who are working full-time should plan on taking at least two (2) years to complete the 36-credit-hour master’s degree programs in Education and Leadership, and should plan on taking at least three (3) years to complete the 60-credit-hour master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Benefits of the Graduate College at Siena Heights University

The University’s master’s degree programs offer: high academic quality; convenience in terms of location, schedule (night and weekend classes), and format (traditional, face-to-face, partly or totally online); highly qualified and experienced faculty; affordable price; convenient parking; small class sizes; free academic advising and career counseling; free use of the library, including inter-library loan (technology fees are assessed every session for use of computing and technology resources on all campuses).

All of the facilities and services on the Adrian campus are available to graduate students from all of the university’s locations. These facilities include: the library, computing resources (including the internet and e-mail), the counseling center, the career planning and placement center, the campus store, campus ministry, campus security, the health clinic, the residence halls, and the Fieldhouse.

Identification Cards

Students are required to have a Siena Heights University Identification Card if they wish to use the Adrian campus library or the computer center. ID cards may be obtained in the Office of Residence Life at no charge for the original card.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements and Restrictions

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure he/she has completed all of the requirements for a Baccalaureate degree from Siena Heights University. Academic advisors are assigned to guide students toward the successful completion of the degree.

  1. Degree Requirements
    1. Total Credit Hours and Grade Point Average
      1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.
      2. A minimum 2.00 (“C”) grade point average for all university or college-level courses used for the degree. Some majors may require a higher GPA within the major.
      3. Transfer students must also maintain at least a 2.00 average for all credit hours attempted at Siena Heights University.
    2. Residency Requirements
      1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours at Siena Heights University.
        1. The residency requirement may be completed at the Adrian Campus, The Henry Ford College Center, the Jackson College Center, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Center, the Kellogg Community College Center, the Lake Michigan College Center, the Lansing Community College Center, the Metropolitan Detroit Program, the Monroe County Community College Center, the Online Learning Program, or any combination of the above.
        2. These credit hours may not include credits earned through cooperative work experience, internships, directed teaching, employer work experience evaluation, prior learning credit, or credit by examination.
      2. Completion of at least 12 of the last 30 credit hours at Siena Heights University except where prior arrangements have been made in writing with the director of the student’s major program and the appropriate academic dean.
      3. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours of 300/400 level courses. A minimum of 15 of these hours must be classroom or online credits earned at Siena Heights University.
    3. Proficiency Requirements
      1. Students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics.
      2. Mathematics proficiency is met by meeting one of the following criteria:
        1. a grade of “C” or better in any course that satisfies the university’s Liberal Arts Requirement in mathematics; or
        2. a grade of “C” or better in MAT 102 , MAT 104 , MAT 106  at Siena; or
        3. an ACT mathematics sub score of 23 or above; or
        4. passing the mathematics section of the Michigan High School Proficiency Test (HSPT); or
        5. a passing score on the Siena Heights University Mathematics Proficiency Test (21 out of 26).
        6. a score of 50 on the College Algebra CLEP exam.
      3. Students must demonstrate proficiency in English composition 102 or equivalent with a grade point of 2.0 or greater.
    4. Placement Tests
      All incoming Siena Heights University first year students will be placed in English based on high school standard test scores, English writing placement and high school transcript evaluation. Students will be placed in mathematics based on a combination of standard test scores and high school transcript evaluation.
    5. Liberal Arts
      1. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Applied Science students with fewer than 16 transfer credits at the time they first enroll at Siena Heights University are required to complete the entire 32 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      2. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Applied Science students with 16-23 transfer credits at the time they first enroll at Siena Heights University are required to complete 31 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      3. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Applied Science students with 24-55 transfer credits at the time they first enroll at Siena Heights University are required to complete 28 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      4. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Applied Science students with 56-87 transfer credits at the time they first enroll at Siena Heights University are required to complete 18-19 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      5. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Applied Science students with 88+ transfer credits at the time they first enroll at Siena Heights University are required to complete 15-16 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      6. Bachelor of Fine Arts students are required to complete 19-20 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      7. Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science students are required to complete 13-14 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      8. Students may double count Liberal Arts courses in their majors and minors and other program requirements.
      9. Students may transfer in all Liberal Arts requirements for the baccalaureate degree except LAS 141 Diversity In Community , LAS 241 Inquiry And Truth , LAS 301 The Adult Learner , LAS 341 Contemplation And Action , LAS 401 Senior Seminar: Integrative Experience  and LAS 441 Justice And Peace . For the College of Professional Studies, students transferring in 60 or more credit hours must complete a philosophy or religious studies course in residence, and also complete LAS 301  and LAS 401  in residence with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
      10. Transfer courses taken on a quarter system (10-week minimum) that meet other Siena Heights criteria can meet Siena Heights University’s Liberal Arts requirement.
      11. Courses taken at Siena Heights University on the 8-week cycle also satisfy the Liberal Arts requirement.
      12. Courses designated in the University catalog as fulfilling Liberal Arts requirements and completed satisfactorily for credit (CR or letter grade) will fulfill Liberal Arts requirements.
      13. Credit earned by means of CLEP, Advanced Placement, Military Service (ACE approved), and Prior Learning Petition will fulfill Liberal Arts requirements providing that such credit has been designated by the appropriate department chairperson or program director as fulfilling Liberal Arts requirements.
    6. Major Requirements and Restrictions
      1. All students must complete all the requirements for an academic major.
      2. All majors require a minimum of 30 credit hours with a 2.00 (“C”) grade point average. Some programs require a higher grade point average. See program requirements.
      3. Students must complete at least three courses in their major at Siena Heights University. Some majors require more (see major requirements). These courses must be approved by the program director in the major field. This requirement does not apply to students with an inverted major.
      4. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis may not be included in the major except the following courses: tytr.
      5. Some programs disallow “D” grades in the major. See program requirements.
      6. Some programs have additional requirements. See program requirements.
      7. Siena Heights students may earn a second baccalaureate degree at Siena Heights University by the satisfactory completion of a second major and a second residency.
      8. A maximum of 18 credit hours of Prior Learning credit may be included within the baccalaureate degree. Prior Learning credit may be used as either required or elective credit within a major or minor at the discretion of the department chairperson or program director. Such credit will be transcripted as “CR.”
    7. Minor Requirements and Restrictions
      1. Students do not need to complete a minor unless they are seeking teacher certification.
      2. All minors require a minimum of 20 credit hours with a minimum of a 2.00 (“C”) grade point average.
      3. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be included in the minor.
      4. Some departments disallow “D” grades in the minor. See program requirements.
      5. Prior Learning Credit may be utilized in the minor at the discretion of the department chairperson or the program director. Such credit will be transcripted as “CR.”
  2. Degree Restrictions
    1. A maximum of six credit hours of developmental course credit may be included within the baccalaureate degree. Developmental courses may be identified as courses below the college introduction level.
    2. A maximum of 8 credit hours of elective CR/NC credit may be included within the baccalaureate degree. (The following courses are not included within this 8 credit hour limitation: EDU 480 , MAT 295 , MAT 296 , and MAT 396 .
    3. A maximum of four credit hours of physical education activity courses may be included within the baccalaureate degree. Activity courses may be repeated for credit.
    4. A maximum of 36 credit hours of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit may be included within the baccalaureate degree. This credit does not count toward residency requirements.
    5. A maximum of 24 credit hours of cooperative work experience may be included within the baccalaureate degree. Cooperative work experience includes all off-campus experiential learning. This credit does not count toward residency requirements.
    6. A maximum of 18 credit hours of prior learning credit may be included within the baccalaureate degree. Prior learning petitions must be approved three months prior to graduation. This credit does not count toward residency requirements.
    7. All students must apply for graduation by set deadlines.

Associate Degree Requirements and Restrictions

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure he/she has completed all of the requirements for an associate degree from Siena Heights University. Academic advisors are assigned to guide students toward the successful completion of the degree.

  1. Degree Requirements
    1. Total Credit Hours and Grade Point Average
      1. Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours.
      2. A minimum 2.00 grade point average for all university or college level courses used for the degree.
      3. Transfer students must also maintain at least a 2.00 average for all credit hours attempted at Siena Heights University. Some majors may require a higher gpa within the major.
    2. Residency Requirements
      1. Completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours at Siena Heights University.
        1. The residency requirement may be completed at the Adrian Campus, the Henry Ford College Center, the Jackson College Center, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Center, the Kellogg Community College Center, the Lake Michigan College Center, the Lansing Community College Center, the Metropolitan Detroit Program, the Monroe County Community College Center, the Online Learning Program, or any combination of the above.
        2. These credit hours may not include credits earned through cooperative work experience, internships, employer work experience evaluation, prior learning credit, or credit by examination.
      2. Completion of at least 9 of the last 18 credit hours at Siena Heights University except where prior arrangements have been made in writing with the director of the student’s major program and the appropriate academic dean.
    3. Proficiency Requirements
      1. Students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics.
      2. Mathematics proficiency is met by meeting one of the following criteria:
        1. a grade of “C” or better in any course that satisfies the university’s Liberal Arts Requirement in mathematics; or
        2. a grade of “C” or better in MAT 102 , MAT 104 , MAT 106  at Siena; or
        3. an ACT mathematics sub score of 23 or above; or
        4. passing the mathematics section of the Michigan High School Proficiency Test (HSPT); or
        5. a passing score on the Siena Heights University Mathematics Proficiency Test (21 out of 26).
      3. Students must demonstrate proficiency in English composition 102 or equivalent with a grade point of 2.0 or greater.
    4. Placement Tests
      All incoming Siena Heights University first year students will be placed in English based on high school standard test scores, English writing placement and high school transcript evaluation. Students will be placed in Mathematics based on a combination of standard test scores and high school transcript evaluation.
    5. Liberal Arts
      1. Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science students are required to complete 13-14 credit hours of Liberal Arts requirements.
      2. Students may double count Liberal Arts courses in their majors.
      3. Students may transfer in all Liberal Arts requirements for the associate degree.
      4. Transfer courses taken on a quarter system (10-week minimum) that meet other Siena Heights criteria can meet Siena Heights University’s Liberal Arts requirement.
      5. Courses taken at Siena Heights University on the 8-week cycle also satisfy the Liberal Arts requirement.
      6. Courses designated in the University catalog as fulfilling Liberal Arts requirements and completed satisfactorily for credit (CR or letter grade) will fulfill Liberal Arts requirements.
      7. Credit earned by means of CLEP, Advanced Placement, Military Service (ACE approved), and Prior Learning Petition will fulfill Liberal Arts requirements providing that such credit has been designated by the appropriate department chairperson or program coordinator as fulfilling Liberal Arts requirements.
    6. Major Requirements and Restrictions
      1. All students must complete all the requirements for an academic major.
      2. All majors require a minimum of 30 credit hours with a 2.00 grade point average. Some programs require a higher grade point average. See program requirements.
      3. Students must complete at least two courses in their major at Siena Heights University. These courses must be approved by the program director in the major field. This requirement does not apply to students with an inverted major.
      4. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis may not be included in the major except the following courses: EDU 480 , MAT 295 , MAT 296 , MAT 396 , and all PED courses.
      5. Some programs disallow “D” grades in the major. See program requirements.
      6. Some programs have additional requirements. See program requirements.
      7. A maximum of 9 credit hours of Prior Learning credit may be included within the associate degree. Prior Learning credit may be used as either required or elective credit within the major at the discretion of the department chairperson or program coordinator. Such credit will be transcripted as “CR.”
  2. Degree Restrictions
    1. A maximum of six credit hours of developmental course credit may be included within the associate degree. Developmental courses may be identified as courses below the college introduction level.
    2. A maximum of four credit hours of elective CR/NC credit may be included within the associate degree. (The following courses are not included within this 4 credit hour limitation: EDU 480 , MAT 295 , MAT 296 , and MAT 396 .
    3. A maximum of two credit hours of physical education activity courses may be included within the associate degree. Activity courses may be repeated for credit.
    4. A maximum of 18 credit hours of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit may be included within the associate degree. This credit does not count toward residency requirements.
    5. A maximum of 12 credit hours of cooperative work experience may be included within the associate degree. Cooperative work experience includes all off-campus experiential learning. This credit does not count towards residency requirements.
    6. A maximum of nine credit hours of prior learning credit may be included within the associate degree. Prior learning petitions must be approved three months prior to graduation. This credit does not count towards residency requirements.
    7. All students must apply for graduation by set deadlines.

Liberal Arts Learning, Learning Outcomes & Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Liberal Arts Learning

Liberal Arts Studies helps students understand their relationship to the world and provides them with a foundation for life-long learning. Students encounter the ideals, values, knowledge, skills and capabilities that will enable them to be moral and intellectual leaders in a pluralistic world. Addressing liberal arts is not the purview of any particular program; rather, it is a challenge to the entire academic community.

Siena Heights University cherishes its Catholic and Dominican heritage and expects that its graduates will embody values of these traditions as they are encountered throughout their academic experience. In an atmosphere that fosters excellence, the liberal arts curriculum strives to engage all students in the foundational wisdom of cultures, past and present, to develop the kind of intellectual curiosity, discipline and judgment needed to fulfill their aspirations and to meet their obligations.

Learning Outcomes

Liberal Arts Learning

Students will be conversant with the ideas, content and methods of various Disciplines.

  • Students will be able to identify and explain a variety of academic disciplines, identify some of the key individuals who have contributed to these disciplines, and describe the nature of their contributions.
  • Students can explain the similarities and differences in methodologies among various disciplines.
  • Students can bring insights from various disciplines to the discussion of larger intellectual, social, economic, political and moral issues.

Religious Traditions

Students will reflect on the wisdom of religious traditions in understanding the meaning of life.

  • Students will be able to identify sacred narratives and texts, beliefs, practices and moral values associated with some of the world’s major religious traditions.
  • Students will be able to identify developments in religious doctrines and traditions in various historical-cultural contexts.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the different types of questions, methods, norms and sources underpinning religious studies and theology.
  • Students will recognize a variety of religious responses to modernity and the scientific revolution including various fundamentalisms as well as more integrative responses.

Creativity

Students will engage in the creative process.

  • Students will make studio art or participate in a theatrical or musical performance or write creatively.
  • Students will describe, analyze, and demonstrate the creative process.
  • Students will take creative risks with self-expression.
  • Students will generate a variety of potential solutions to problems.

Critical Thinking

Students will think critically as evidenced by:

  • Providing relevant facts to support ideas.
  • Assessing the relative importance of ideas.
  • Finding similarities and making distinctions.
  • Embracing complexities and presenting multiple points of view.
  • Evaluating and synthesizing information.
  • Exploring big ideas and asking nuanced questions.
  • Understanding and explaining cause and effect.

Communication

Students will communicate effectively.

  • Students will be able to express ideas, facts and research in comprehensible and grammatically correct written and oral formats.
  • Students will be aware of the multiple levels of communication and various media that exist in today’s world and anticipate possible emergent media.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to listen to and understand the communication of others.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak in creative, persuasive and informative modes of expression.
  • Students will identify and implement various modern technologies in ways appropriate to respective academic disciplines.

Ethical Integration

Students will examine personal and professional decisions in light of ethical principles.

  • Given a situation, students will be able to identify any ethical issues involved.
  • Students will be able to suggest an ethical response to an issue and explain the basis for deciding on this response.
  • Students will be conversant with various ethical systems and evaluate decisions in relation to those systems including but not limited to the ethical use of technology.

Diversity in Community

Students will understand the diversity and interdependence of cultures.

  • Students will be able to recognize important points of convergence and difference among various cultures.
  • Students will cultivate an understanding of globalization that recognizes its promising and problematic features.
  • Students will explain how an environment of inclusion and respect across social and cultural differences contributes to peacemaking.

Social Responsibility

Students will realize the importance and demands of social responsibility.

  • Students will identify social implications of a belief in inalienable human rights.
  • Students will promote peace by working for justice and the common good.

Students will learn and apply responsible stewardship of the environment.

Liberal Arts Requirements, College of Arts and Sciences

  First Time Freshmen Transfer 16-23 Credits Transfer 24-55 Credits Transfer 56-87 Credits Transfer 88+ Credits Students receiving a BFA Students receiving an AA, AS, or AAS
English Composition: ENG 102  or equivalent (2.0 grade or better required) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Mathematics 3 3 3 3 or 4 3 or 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Lab Science 4 4 4
Social Science 3 3 3 3 or 3 3 or 3 0 3 or 3
Fine/Performing Arts 3 3 3 0
Religious Studies 3 3 3 3 3 0 3

Integrated Learning

LAS 100  (2.0 grade or better required) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
LAS 141   3 3 0 0 0 3 0
LAS 241   3 3 3 0 0 3 0
LAS 341   3 3 3 3 0 3 0
LAS 441   3 3 3 3 3 3 0
TOTAL 32 31 28 18-19 15-16 19-20 13-14

Explanation of Liberal Arts Education

In the view of the faculty at Siena Heights University, the purpose of a liberal arts education is to help students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world in which they live. The historical and theoretical foundations for liberal arts education at Siena Heights University are: 1) the Dominican motto “To contemplate and to give to others the fruits of your contemplation,” 2) our philosophy of undergraduate education which exhorts students to develop their own philosophies of life, and 3) the mission statement which commits us “to assist people to become more competent, purposeful and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.”

The curriculum at Siena Heights University facilitates development of students’ understanding of themselves and their world through skill enhancement, breadth of education, and the in-depth knowledge that is learned in the academic major. Students are called upon in many settings to demonstrate their skills and mastery in their major discipline. Less often are students asked to integrate the broader dimensions of their undergraduate education.

Students starting at Siena will begin their liberal arts and integrative experience by participating in the First Year Experience (FYE). FYE (LAS 100 ) is a comprehensive program of events and activities, along with a 10 week course, that will assist students in their transition to college; connect them with staff, students, and faculty from multiple disciplines; and provide them with a foundation of resources that will help support them during their time at Siena. LAS 100  must be completed with a 2.0 grade point average or better.

The Liberal Arts Studies program also includes four seminar courses (LAS 141 , LAS 241 , LAS 341 , and LAS 441 ) built around prominent themes in the Dominican tradition. These seminars will introduce students to the Dominican traditions (prayer, study, community, preaching/service) and comprise an interdisciplinary core which compliments the discipline specific courses students take to fulfill their liberal arts requirements.

For students transferring 56-87 credits into Siena Heights University, two courses are considered the bookends of liberal arts studies: LAS 341  and LAS 441 . In these courses students will view the world through the lens of liberal arts learning in the traditions of Siena’s Catholic and Dominican heritage. LAS 341  provides students an opportunity to begin academic studies at Siena from a position of strength.

LAS 441  provides all students, together with peers from other majors, the structured reflective and integrative seminar that deepens and broadens their educational experience as they continue to pursue their goals for lifelong learning. In LAS 441  students prepare to transition out of Siena Heights after having reflected on their philosophy of life, their formal program of study and the contribution both can make to a life of purpose and service.

Course descriptions for LAS 100 , LAS 141 , LAS 241 , LAS 341 , and LAS 441  are found in the Liberal Arts Studies section of course descriptions.

The following courses fulfill the English Composition requirement: Three hours from ENG 102  or equivalent, ENG 211 , ENG 212  or ENG 341 .

Liberal Arts Requirements, College for Professional Studies

  BA, BS, BAS, BBA, BSN, BSW 60+ Transfer Credits AA, AS, AAS
English Composition: May include ENG 101  and ENG 102  or equivalent (2.0 grade or better required) 6 6
Mathematics

Lab Science
3
or
4
3
or
4
Social Science

Fine/Performing Arts
3
or
3
3
or
3
Religious Studies
or
Philosophy
3 3
Integrated Learning    
     
LAS 301  (2.0 grade or better required) 3 3
LAS 401  (2.0 grade or better required) 3 3
Totals 21-22 21-22

Explanation of Liberal Arts Education (CPS)

In the view of the faculty at Siena Heights University, the purpose of a degree completion program with a liberal arts emphasis is to help students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world in which they live. The historical and theoretical foundations for liberal arts education at Siena Heights University are: 1) the Dominican motto “To contemplate and to give to others the fruits of your contemplation,” 2) our philosophy of undergraduate education which exhorts students to develop and refine their own philosophies of life, and 3) the mission statement which commits us “to assist people to become more competent, purposeful and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.”

The curriculum at Siena Heights University facilitates development of students’ understanding of themselves and their world through skill enhancement, breadth of education, and the in-depth knowledge that is learned in the academic major. Students are called upon in many settings to demonstrate their skills and mastery in their major discipline. Less often are students asked to integrate the broader dimensions of their undergraduate education.

For students in the College for Professional Studies (CPS) transferring 60 or more credits into Siena Heights University, two courses are considered the bookends of liberal arts studies: LAS 301  and LAS 401 . CPS students are introduced to the school’s mission, Dominican traditions (prayer, study, community, preaching/services), the Liberal Arts program and the expectations of the learning community at Siena Heights in LAS 301 .

LAS 401  provides all students, together with peers from other majors, the structured reflective and integrative seminar that deepens and broadens their educational experience as they continue to pursue their goals for lifelong learning. In LAS 401  students prepare to transition out of Siena Heights after having reflected on their philosophy of life, their formal program of studies and the contribution both can make to a life of purpose and service.

Students must receive a 2.0 grade point or better in LAS 301  and LAS 401  for Liberal Arts credit. Course descriptions for LAS 301  and LAS 401  are found in the Liberal Arts Studies section of course descriptions.

Please see course descriptions as listed in the catalog for courses that meet Liberal Arts requirements in the following areas: English, Mathematics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Science, and Science. Please note that only 4-hour lab science courses that apply the scientific method may be counted.

The following courses are recommended for fulfilling CAS or CPS Liberal Arts Requirements.



English


The following courses are recommended to fulfil the English requirement:

Fine and Performing Arts


The following courses are recommended to fulfill the Fine and Performing Arts requirement:

MMM___*

*Any level class instruction musical instrument course such as class piano, voice, guitar.
*Any music performance ensemble such as chorus or band.
*Any level applied music instruction.
*Fine or performing arts courses must be courses that directly engage students in the creative experience. Courses in art history, criticism or appreciate do not count.

Mathematics


The following courses fulfill the Mathematics requirement:

Philosophy


The following courses fulfill the Philosophy requirement:

Science


The following courses fulfill the Science requirement:

*Only (4-hour) lab-science courses may be counted if they apply the scientific method.

CLEP Equivalencies for Liberal Arts Requirements

English Composition

The CLEP English Composition Modular (no essay) is equivalent to ENG 102 . This exam fulfills three credit hours of the Liberal Arts Studies requirement.

Mathematics

The CLEP exam in Calculus with Elementary Functions will satisfy the Liberal Arts Studies requirement.

Social Science

If a student passes the CLEP Social Science/History exam (for which Siena Heights University awards six credits) he/she will have satisfied and social science Liberal Arts Studies requirements. The CLEP subject exams in sociology, psychology (including Educational Psychology), and economics also satisfy the Liberal Arts Social Studies requirements.

Liberal Arts Studies Equivalencies from Selected Community Colleges.

Courses from selected community colleges may fulfill Siena Heights University Liberal Arts Studies requirements. Program coordinators will determine whether or not these courses will satisfy major/minor requirements. Specific course equivalencies are subject to change based on modifications at community colleges or at Siena Heights University.

Application for Graduation

Students who expect to graduate must apply via an electronic Application for Graduation on MySiena and are subject to a $100 graduation fee. The fee is applicable for three consecutive graduation periods. All requirements must be completed before a student can graduate from Siena Heights University.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be granted a degree, and graduate college students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to be granted a degree.

Graduation occurs three times during the academic year; May (end of winter session); August (end of summer session); and December (end of fall session). However, the university holds only one commencement ceremony in May.

Graduation Date Application for Graduation Deadline
December September 15
May January 15* (see below for early participation in May commencement)
August June 15

Commencement

The Commencement Ceremony is held each year in May. Participating in the commencement ceremony does not necessarily signify that all degree requirements have been met.

Majors and Minors

The term “major” denotes a student’s primary emphasis in college, suggesting a high degree of expertise in a particular field. The term “minor” suggests specialization, but with lesser emphasis than does a major. Majors often require between 35 and 60 credit hours while minors require around 21 credit hours. Siena Heights requires a major of all its graduates, but only baccalaureate graduates seeking Teacher Certification are required to have a minor. For all other students, a minor is optional. See the Education Section for a list of minors for Teacher Certification.

Concentrations

A “concentration” is a series of courses in a specific field within a major. Business Administration, Child Development, Community and Human Services, English, Mathematics, and Religious Studies offer concentrations within the major. See the individual major program pages for information on the available concentrations.

Pre-Engineering Agreement

Transfer arrangements with the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy allow students to complete their first two years of engineering studies at Siena Heights.

Contract Major

High ability students may design their own degree programs with a contract major. The contract major requires students to accept significant responsibility for designing and executing their programs. Interested students should contact the Director of Academic Advising or the appropriate site director.

Teacher Certification

Siena Heights University is a State of Michigan approved Educator Preparation Institution (EPI). Approval by the Michigan Department of Education as an EPI means that all programs within the EPI contain a minimum of 12 weeks of full-time preservice clinical experience and pedagogical coursework.

Theological Studies Program

Certificate: Thirty-six hours of undergraduate Theology coursework is required to fulfill requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

Bachelor Degree: Completion of the thirty-six hour Theological Studies certificate could also constitute a contracted baccalaureate degree major. Students would be required to fulfill requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

College for Professional Studies and Graduate College

In addition to academic opportunities on the Adrian campus, Siena Heights University offers degree completion programs at the eight centers listed below, as well as an Online Learning Program and Theological Studies Program.

The university also offers Master of Arts degree programs in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Leadership. Not all programs are offered at all locations. Courses taken at one location may be applied to the program requirements at another location; program requirements are the same at all locations. For detailed information about programs and courses at a particular location, contact the degree completion center directly at http://www.sienaheights.edu/Locations.aspx

Online Learning Program

(800)521-0009, x7195
e-mail: online@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communication*
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Accounting
B.B.A., Business Administration
B.B.A., Management
B.B.A., Marketing
B.S.N., Nursing Degree Completion (RN-BSN)
M.A., Leadership: Healthcare
M.A., Leadership: Higher Education
M.A., Leadership: Organizational
M.B.A., Business Administration
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Finance
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*
Minor, Religious Studies

Henry Ford College Center

Dearborn, MI 48128
313-317-9450
e-mail: hfc@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management *
Minor, Information Technology Management *
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

Jackson College Center

Jackson, Michigan
(517) 796-8672
e-mail: jackson@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communication*
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Accounting
B.B.A., Business Administration
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Center

Kalamazoo, Michigan
269-488-4019
e-mail: kalamazoo@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Community and Human Service*
B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communication
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

Kellogg Community College Center

Battle Creek, Michigan
(269) 965-3931, x2950 or (800) 203-1560
e-mail: battlecreek@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Community and Human Service*
B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communications*
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Accounting
B.B.A., Business Administration
M.A., Leadership: Organizational
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

Lake Michigan College Center

Benton Harbor, Michigan
(269) 927-6711 or (800) 252-1562, x6711
e-mail: bentonharbor@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Community and Human Services*
B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communications*
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Accounting
B.B.A., Business Administration
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

Lansing Community College Center

Lansing, Michigan
(517) 483-9726
e-mail: lansing@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communication*
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Accounting
B.A., Community and Human Services*
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

Metropolitan Detroit Program

Southfield, Michigan
(248) 799-5490 or (800) 787-7784
e-mail: mdp@sienaheights.edu
(Classes offered in eight week sessions)

B.A., Community and Human Service*
B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communication*
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Business Administration
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Business Administration
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Psychology
Minor, Public Services Administration*
Minor, Religious Studies

Monroe County Community College Center

Monroe, Michigan
(734)384-4133 or (800)462-5114, x4133
e-mail: monroe@sienaheights.edu

B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies
B.A., Professional Communication*
B.A., Psychology
B.A.S., Inverted Majors/Applied Science Majors +
B.B.A., Accounting
B.B.A., Business Administration
Minor, Accounting
Minor, Behavioral Science
Minor, Health Care Management*
Minor, Information Technology Management*
Minor, Management
Minor, Marketing
Minor, Professional Communication*
Minor, Public Services Administration*

+ Previous health care, trade/technical or occupational associate degrees and/or experience may be transferred to Siena Heights University as a major and combined with Siena Heights University course work for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

* This program is not offered on the Adrian campus; for further program information, contact the degree completion center directly.

Note: Some degree completion programs offered at Michigan locations involve online course delivery. Please consult with an enrollment advisor for more information.

Class Instruction: College for Professional Studies and Graduate College

There are several ways in which you can participate in courses to complete your degree in the College for Professional Studies and Graduate College at Siena Heights University.

Traditional Classroom Instruction

Scheduled classroom sessions are available in a number of formats. For detailed information about courses at a particular location, contact the center directly.

Online Learning (via the Internet)

Online learning provides flexibility for busy learners. However, online learning also demands a disciplined approach from all learners. Each instructor approaches class differently, but all require that students participate in online interaction multiple times per week.

Students must have the appropriate learning materials/textbooks ready by the start of the course. Delays in purchasing materials could impact course performance. Course syllabi are posted in advance for students to purchase materials, as noted, and review policies, assignments, and other important information. In most online courses, a “pre-class assignment” is due at the start of the course, where students are provided access to their online course roughly 5 – 7 days in advance of the official course start.

Accelerated online courses can offer potentially faster degree completion. With accelerated delivery, though, online courses commonly stay active on various holidays or breaks (e.g., spring break on the residential main campus). Personal or extra-curricular events are not considered extenuating circumstances with accommodations, so students should consider their availability to fully participate in online course delivery.

Successful online learners require adequate computer skills and knowledge, an ability to manage time and an ability to be self-directed in their studies. Online learners must also have access to a computer and to the Internet at times that meet course expectations and individual schedules. Online learners are required to complete a student orientation prior to enrollment in their first online course.

There are two types of online learning courses:

Hybrid (or Blended Online) combines the traditional classroom instruction with the scheduling flexibility of online learning. This is an accelerated course which lasts eight weeks. The first week is done in a traditional classroom setting and a second meeting, arranged by the instructor, is also done in the classroom face to face. The remaining six classes are conducted via the Internet.

Completely Online is also an accelerated course that lasts eight weeks*. All course participation, assignments, exams and collaboration is done via the Internet.

*One completely online course is offered in a 15-week format.

Canvas Student Orientation Requirement

Siena Heights University uses Canvas learning management system (LMS) for online course delivery. All new students enrolled in online courses must complete the Canvas Student Orientation prior to their first online course. To access the orientation:

  1. Login to MySiena at https://mysiena.sienaheights.edu/ics/
  2. Select Canvas Homepage under My LMS Courses (right-hand side of page)
  3. From the Canvas Dashboard (left-hand side of page), select Student Orientation
  4. If a student experiences any difficulty logging on to MySiena, gaining access to courses, or accessing the orientation, please call the IT Help Desk at 517-264-7655.

Undergraduate Students Seeking a Second Degree from Siena Heights University

Students who are interested in completing another bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University must complete the following requirements.

  1. Students transferring from another institution:
    1. Students who already have a baccalaureate level degree from another institution will be required to complete the Liberal Arts requirements set by the University. See the Liberal Arts for Students Seeking a Second Degree from SHU below.
    2. Students will be required to complete a 30-hour residency with Siena Heights University. These hours will accumulate from the point that the student enrolls in their new degree program with Siena Heights University.
    3. Siena Heights University will accept the previous baccalaureate degree in total. Any “D” grades earned in the first degree will be accepted for possible use as elective credit in the second degree or in the major as determined by the program coordinator.
    4. Major requirements are set by each program. A formal plan for the Siena Heights University major will be placed on file in the Registrar’s Office. This plan will show what course work, if any, from the first degree will be applied to the Siena Heights University major.
  2. Alumni students returning for a second baccalaureate degree:
    1. Students who have already completed Liberal Arts requirements through their first degree, and/or have graduated within the last 7 years are exempt from doing another program of Liberal Arts. All other Siena alumni will be required to complete any outstanding requirements under the Liberal Arts category of transfer students with 88+ hours of completed work. Students in this category are not required to complete LAS 301 /LAS 341 .
    2. Students will be required to complete a 30-hour residency with Siena Heights University. These hours will accumulate from the point that the student enrolls in their second degree program with Siena Heights University.
    3. Major requirements are set by each program. A formal plan for the Siena Heights University major will be placed on file in the Registrar’s Office. This plan will show what course work, if any, from the first degree that will be applied to the second Siena Heights University major.

Liberal Arts for Students Seeking a Second Degree from SHU

Second Bachelor’s degree Alumni prior to the last 7 years
 
English Composition (ENG 102  or equivalent) 3 English Composition (ENG 102  or equivalent) 3
Math (College Algebra or above)
or
Science with Lab

3

4

Math (College Algebra or above)
or
Science with Lab

3

4

Social Science
or
Fine/Performing Arts

3

4

Social Science
or
Fine/Performing Arts

3

3

Religious Studies
or
Philosophy

3

3

Religious Studies
or
Philosophy

3

3

LAS 401  or LAS 441 * 3 LAS 401  or LAS 441 * 3
300/400 level work 30 300/400 level work 30
New Residency at SHU* 30 New Residency at SHU* 30
Major**   Major**  

* Must be completed at Siena Heights University. Previous course work may fulfill any requirement within Liberal Arts except those requirements marked with an asterisk.

** Consult with the program coordinator for requirements within the major.

Undergraduate Students Seeking a Second Major from Siena Heights University

Under the following circumstances, students may add a second major if the first major has been completed:

  1. All requirements for the second major will be submitted to the Registrar’s Office in the form of a written contract. This contract will name the courses to be used within the second major. The contract will be signed by the program coordinator, the student’s advisor or site director, and by the student.
  2. The above contract must be on file at the Registrar’s Office at least one session prior to the last session of the student’s enrollment and graduation with this major.
  3. Some majors will not allow double counting for residency. Some majors will not allow double counting from one major to another. For example, the Business Administration and Accounting majors will only allow cognates to be double counted for both majors. Check with the program coordinator for further information on double counting.
  4. Students wishing to complete a second major outside of their original degree area must complete the requirements for a second degree. Residency will not double count. Each degree is allowed to grant specific majors (see below). A second major may be granted if the second major is under the same degree area. For example, a student who has completed an Art major could not complete a Biology major within the same degree. The student, in this case, must complete the requirements for a second degree and major. When adding a second major, only a major within a degree area will be granted.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Art
Child Development
Community and Human Services
Computer and Information Systems
Criminal Justice
Elementary Integrated Science
English
Global Studies
History
Humanities
Integrated Science
Language Arts
Mathematics
Multidisciplinary Studies
Music
Music Education
Philosophy
Probation, Parole and Community Corrections
Professional Communication
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Science
Social Studies Education
Spanish
Theatre/Musical Theatre
Theatre/Speech Communication
Theological Studies

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

Accounting
Business: Business Administration
Management
Marketing
Sport Management

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Art
Art History
Graphic Design

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Applied Mathematics
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Nursing

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Social Work

Graduate Students: Second Concentration and Second Major Requirements

Second Master’s Degree Requirements

Students who desire to pursue a second master’s degree at Siena Heights University shall have completed all requirements for the first master’s degree at Siena or another accredited college or university. The same requirements for admission to a graduate program (such as filling out the application and following the requirements of the application checklist) and other conditions relative to the pursuit of the first master’s degree are applicable to the second master’s degree, except a maximum of six (6) credit-hours of completed graduate work from the first master’s degree may be applied toward the second master’s degree if such courses are appropriate for the second program and are approved by the respective program director for inclusion in the program. In most cases, for graduate students whose first master’s degree is from Siena Heights University, those six (6) credit-hours are from the common core courses such as LDR 601 Leadership Theory  and LDR 602 Research And Professional Writing , providing these two (2) courses have been taken within the seven (7) year limit for completion of degree requirements for the second master’s degree.

Second Concentration Requirements

Students who desire to pursue a second concentration in a given Master of Arts program (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Leadership, or Education) must complete the required courses for that program concentration. Elective courses cannot be counted twice. For example; a student who has completed the Organizational Leadership program and wishes to complete the requirements for the Healthcare Leadership program does not have to retake the common core courses, but must take the required courses for the new concentration.

When applying for the second master’s degree or concentration and financial aid will be needed, it is highly recommended that the student make an appointment with the financial aid office. If applying within the same year of graduation, students will need to submit an application, application fee, and official transcript with degree conferred. If more than a year has lapsed, students must submit an application as if new to the program, and follow the requirements listed on the checklist. When the second concentration is completed, students must submit an application for graduation, marked “major only” to the Registrar for the nearest upcoming graduation. Students do not participate in commencement for second concentrations nor are they awarded additional diplomas.