Communication, Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

The Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department focuses on effective communication across all types of media. Whether you are passionate about creative writing, public relations or theater and performance studies, the CALL Department offers a variety of creative communications programs that will prepare you to thrive personally and professionally.

Department Overview

Master the art of communications.

The world of communications is more exciting and fast-paced than ever before. At Western, all of our programs are adapted to the current demands of the global marketplace. With dynamic programs in everything—from Creative Writing and Public Relations—to Theater & Performance Studies and Philosophy, you’ll learn how to craft and disseminate media of all types for artistic and functional expression.

Through a combination of relevant coursework and hands-on opportunities, you’ll gain a deep understanding of written, oral, visual and electronic communications through different lenses. A strong background in the field of communications, arts, languages and literature will open doors to diverse career opportunities in marketing, politics, academic, executive leadership and more.

Learning from the past

Communication, Arts, Language & Literature students analyze classic literature, while learning the skills needed to embark on their own creative journey.

Areas of Study

Communication arts

Communication Arts

Major | Minor

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Emphasis

English students

English

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Film Studies

Film Studies

Minor | Emphasis

Communication, Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Humanities & Diversity

Minor

Philosophy

Philosophy

Minor

Public relations

Public Relations

Minor

Spanish

Spanish

Major | Minor | K-12 Licensure

Communication, Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Strategic Communication

Emphasis

Theatre & Performance Studies

Theatre & Performance Studies

Minor | Emphasis

Writing Certificates

Writing Certificates

Certificate

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • High School seniors to college seniors
  • Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout
  • Must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school
  • Preference will be given to Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship. Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

Inaugural Disability Film Festival opens this week in virtual format Hosted by Western Colorado University’s Education and Communication Arts Programs

Inaugural Disability Film Festival opens this week in virtual format Hosted by Western Colorado University’s Education and Communication Arts Programs

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Bringing the art of dance to the Gunnison Valley highlights the spirit of community for Western’s Honors Program

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Mountaineer Media visits Telluride for film festival

Mountaineer Media visits Telluride for film festival

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Western to host third Hispanic & Latin America Conference

Western to host third Hispanic & Latin America Conference

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Colorado Ballet comes to Western

Colorado Ballet comes to Western

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Western professor presents experimental film at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On Location regional conference

Western professor presents experimental film at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On Location regional conference

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Western student publishes article in High Country News

Western student publishes article in High Country News

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Student Radio Station KWSB Wins More CBA Awards

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Western students first in program history to present at Research Conference

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Michael Kodas visits Western to discuss importance of journalism

Michael Kodas visits Western to discuss importance of journalism

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Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

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‘Chicago Seven’ member Rennie Davis speaks at Quigley Hall

‘Chicago Seven’ member Rennie Davis speaks at Quigley Hall

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Western to host 2nd Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Western to host 2nd Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Studies

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Alumna Heather Nicolson Hughes returns to direct fall play at Western

Alumna Heather Nicolson Hughes returns to direct fall play at Western

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English professor publishes first book of poetry

English professor publishes first book of poetry

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Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

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Community invited to campus author presentation

Community invited to campus author presentation

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Second City hosts an improv workshop for Western students, faculty

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BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

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Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

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Western hires world-renowned novelist and publisher

Western hires world-renowned novelist and publisher

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Learning in the dark: Celluloid Cinema makes watching old movies that new thing

Learning in the dark: Celluloid Cinema makes watching old movies that new thing

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Miccoli published in Genealogy of Posthumanism

Miccoli published in Genealogy of Posthumanism

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Honors students explore Denver art scene

Honors students explore Denver art scene

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Communication Arts Department hosts 25-year veteran of media programming, sports broadcasting and media management

Communication Arts Department hosts 25-year veteran of media programming, sports broadcasting and media management

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Department Chairperson

Jack Lucido, MFA

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Petito

Administrative Assistant II

Contact Information

970.943.2025

970.943.2028

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231