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Advanced Spanish Proficiency

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

In the Advanced Spanish Proficiency certificate program, you’ll enhance your education with the study of the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. You’ll gain a broad understanding of and proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening to Spanish which leads to a familiarity with and appreciation for Hispanic civilization and culture.

Program Overview

Enhance your degree with an in-depth understanding of Spanish.

The nature of any language program, Spanish included, is rooted in offering students a variety of perspectives and fostering the discussion of what a global citizen is. The Advanced Spanish Language Proficiency certificate will help you take your language speaking and cultural awareness to the next level and enhance any major you choose to pursue.

As bilingual professionals are increasingly sought in the workplace, you’ll improve your opportunities to be hired in dozens of industries after achieving this certificate, in addition to gaining a lifelong skill in comprehending and speaking a second language.

A diverse perspective

Pursuing advanced language skills will encourage you to broaden your cultural horizons and help you understand the importance of diversity in academics, the workplace, and beyond.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements 

Continuation in the program is based on a progression through intermediate to more advanced/upper-division Spanish classes, which can be summarized as a completion of program requirements. of program requirements. A minimum of 12 credits is required and six of these credits need to be Western residency-credits. 

Core of the Advanced Spanish Proficiency Certificate:
SPAN 270Spanish Conversation and Composition3
SPAN 370Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition3
Complete two of the following:6
SPAN 321
Spanish for Business
SPAN 324
Spanish for Medical and Social Services
SPAN 341
Latin American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 350
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 366
Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language
SPAN 385
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
SPAN 462
Hispanic Literature
SPAN 464
Hispanic Literature Through Film
SPAN 466
U.S. Latino Literature
SPAN 468
Hispanic Literature, Contemporary Authors
SPAN 480
Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
SPAN 481
Syntax and Morphology of Spanish
SPAN 482
Spanish in the U.S.
SPAN 494
Capstone Experience
Total Credits12

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Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Must be a Colorado resident
  • Declared Foreign language major, preferred, or a minor with strong interest in studies of other cultures
  • Will be awarded to an incoming freshman who demonstrates a strong interest in and an aptitude for foreign languages
  • Balence of awards given to studs who obtained at least sophomore standing
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or better and demonstrate financial need
  • Scholarship may be renewable
  • Cultural diversity shall be valued in making award decisions

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. Jeane Fair, Professor of Modern Languages from 1948-65, in memory of her parents.

Depending on funds available

Selected by: The Spanish Program.

Application:

Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216

Learn more about Western’s Spanish Program

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.

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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.

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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.

Get Involved

Take your knowledge beyond the classroom.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • Multicultural Center: Immerse with students from many cultures on campus and participate in community service and cultural events.
  • Volunteering: Students serve at Gunnison County’s Multicultural Resources and Project Hope to provide support for local Spanish-speaking individuals searching for additional resources to succeed in life.

A deepened understanding

It is inherently valuable to know how to speak another language, and this value is significantly amplified when you are able to understand the cultural nuances that impact how a language is used.

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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