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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, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Advanced Spanish Proficiency

Certificate

Advanced Spanish Proficiency
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Communication arts

Communication Arts

Major | Minor

Communication Arts
Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Minor | Emphasis

Creative Writing
Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Creative Writing

Minor

Creative Writing
English students

English

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

English
Film Studies

Film Studies

Minor | Emphasis

Film Studies
Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Humanities & Diversity

Minor

Humanities & Diversity
Philosophy

Philosophy

Minor

Philosophy
Public relations

Public Relations

Minor

Public Relations
Spanish

Spanish

Major | Minor | K-12 Licensure

Spanish
Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Spanish Language and Culture

Certificate

Spanish Language and Culture
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Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Strategic Communication

Emphasis

Strategic Communication
Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Theatre

Major | Minor | Emphasis

Theatre
Writing Certificates

Writing Certificates

Certificate

Writing Certificates

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • An outstanding student in the Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department
  • Student must be a junior majoring in Communication or Theatre
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or better

Description

This scholarship is provided by Bob Austin, President of Beta Engineering Company in Austin, Texas. Bob is an alumnus of Western Colorado University, who established this endowment fund to honor Dr. Jess Gern, then Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Department, and to show his appreciation to the College.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department.

Application:

Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be pursuing a major or minor in art, music or the performing arts.
  • Must have financial need

Description:

This scholarship is provided by Carol Buswell in honor of her husband Lloyd Buswell, nicknamed “Buzz”who earned his BA in Industrial Arts and Education from 1974 -1978.

  Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western’s Common Scholarship Application

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 1 for 2022. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

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.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming first-year students.

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.

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Faculty & Staff

Department Information

Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

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

cpetito@western.edu

Campus Location

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

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