In the past ten years, social media, mobile computing and digital marketing have revolutionized the way the world communicates. All of these nuances have made communications an in-demand expertise for almost any career and field.

Program Overview

Master the art of communications.

There has never been a more exciting and complex time to be in the world of communications.
At Western Colorado University, the Communication Arts curriculum has been adapted to the current demands of the global marketplace. With dynamic courses in Introduction to Film and Theater, Public Relations Communications and Media Writing, you’ll learn how to craft, edit and disseminate stories for artistic and functional expression.

Outside of the classroom, you’ll have the unique opportunity to apply your skills in student-run media outlets like the Western Theater Company and KWSB Radio. Through a combination of relevant coursework and hands-on opportunities, you’ll learn to analyze written, oral, visual, and electronic messages from historical, critical and social science perspectives. A strong communications background will open doors to careers in marketing, politics, executive leadership and many other in-demand fields.

The impact of discourse

Communications Arts students study media-related industries and the issues related to those industries that affect contemporary public discourse.

Courses

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.

Code Title Credits Description
COM 119 Introduction to Film 3 View
COM 121 Introduction to Theatre (GT-AH1) 3 View
COM 151 Introduction to Mass Media (GT-AH2) 3 View
COM 205 Communication Arts I 3 View
COM 241 Media Writing 3 View
COM 264 Introduction to Production and Theory 3 View
COM 274 Public Relations Communication 3 View
COM 284 Sophomore Portfolio 1 View
COM 305 Communication Arts II 3 View
COM 405 Communications Arts III 3 View
COM 484 Communication Arts Seminar 2 View

Spotlight

Communication Arts

Caitlin Gleason

Student

“I wanted to know my professors by name and feel like I could go to them.”

Communication Arts

Denise Leleux

Alumni

"The community I found was my favorite memory”

Communication Arts

Eun-A Park, Ph.D.

Faculty

“The students who come to my class with pure spirit and curiosity are my favorite thing about teaching in the Gunnison Valley."

Communication Arts

Grace Eggleston McClain

Alumni

“My business reminds me of my time at Western. I’m always learning."

Communication Arts

Kaitlyn McKnight

Alumni

“My professors were really invested. The best part about Western was the fact that I had people who went above and beyond for me.”

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

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

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 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, 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 freshman 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 here (click). 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 freshmen.

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

Apply your education to the real-world.

Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.

  • KWSB Radio: On air since 1968, KWSB is student driven, student staffed, and open to anyone who wants to have their own radio show.
  • Mountaineer Media: A student-run media production group specializing in short films, screenings and storytelling abilities.
  • Western Theatre Company: A co-curricular program and student-run producing board that oversee and provide quality live performance to the campus and Gunnison community.
  • Taylor Media Center: Houses film production studios, audio production studios, and more.
  • Top o’ the World Newspaper: Monthly paper composed by students offering opportunities in newswriting, photography, editing, designing, and advertising sales.

Step up to the mic

Students operate and manage KWSB radio station and program it to serve the student body of Western, the community of Gunnison and the broader internet audience.

News & Research

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

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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

Western students first in program history to present at Research Conference

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Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

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Community invited to campus author presentation

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

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

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Additional Resources

Internships for CALL

Internships for CALL Welcome to the CALL Internships Page You can find the official forms you’ll need to apply for and evaluate your internships in order to get credit for them, plus a list of …

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KWSB 91.1 FM – Get Involved

Introducing KWSB KWSB 91.1 FM provides experiential learning for Western students in a state-of-the-art production facility. Come visit us in Taylor 124A. LISTEN LIVE TO KWSB 91.1 FM! Tune in  …

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Mountaineer Media

Mountaineer Media Mountaineer Media is a student-run media production company funded by student government association funds generated by student fees. This group of talented filmmakers and media …

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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