Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Major, Minor, Secondary Licensure


Communication, Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

The study of English literature—from the medieval period—to present day offers a unique perspective of history, art, and culture. An academic background in English will set you up to thrive in many diverse and meaningful career paths.

Program Overview

Develop your ability to think critically, write succinctly and research thoroughly.

English is a discipline for those willing to take risks with their interpretations and provide support with text and theory-based evidence. In small classes, you’ll be encouraged to participate in stimulating discussions analyzing literature, practicing critical and creative writing and honing your critical-thinking abilities. Through an inclusive and supportive faculty-student dynamic, you’ll learn how to formulate arguments that reflect independent and provocative ideas and theories. As a graduate of our English program, you’ll be well-prepared for careers in teaching, advertising, publishing, public relations and government.

The program also offers a variety of immersive educational opportunities. You can gain practical insight from professional literary artists through our Contemporary Writer Series and perform original poetry at open mic nights hosted by Wordhorde. You can also work as a Teaching Assistant helping other students in writing courses or as a consultant at the Writing Center.

Find your voice

English students blend literature, theory and creative writing to foster a community where all written expressions and interpretations are valued.


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
ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 View
ENG 230 Environmental Literature (GT-AH2) 3 View
ENG 232 Borderlands: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality 3 View
ENG 237 Women and Literature 3 View
ENG 238 Literary Culture of the American West 3 View
ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature 3 View
ENG 255 Ancient World Literature (GT-AH2) 3 View
ENG 297 Special topics 1-6 View
ENG 300 Creative Writing: Fiction 3 View
ENG 301 Creative Writing: Poetry 3 View
ENG 303 Creative Writing 3 View
ENG 305 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction 3 View
ENG 337 Women Writers 3 View
ENG 358 Global Literatures: Studies in: The Underworld 3 View
ENG 370 Myth and Culture 3 View
ENG 371 Literary Theory and Criticism 3 View
ENG 372 British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts 3 View
ENG 373 British Literature: Milton through the Romantics 3 View
ENG 374 British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day 3 View
ENG 384 American Literature Early to Civil War 3 View
ENG 385 American Literature-Civil War to Present 3 View
ENG 397 Special Topics 1-6 View
ENG 463 Major British Authors: Cont. Lit. & Film 3 View
ENG 493 Senior Seminar I: Studies in: Social Justice 3 View
ENG 494 Senior Seminar: Studies in: Planning Ahead 3 View



Brenna Womer, MFA


"One of Western's newest professors, Womer has created a new Magical Realism course after receiving suggestions from students."


Gabriel Portis


“I love the ways both my majors have rewired my way of thinking and the way I can apply them to make myself happier and more successful.”


Zenda Olson


“At Western I’m learning what I truly want to study, how to manage my money and how to manage myself."


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.

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  • English majors at Western Colorado University who have full junior or senior standing
  • Have completed or are currently completing two full years as a student of a modern language other than English


This scholarship is provided by Dr. John Cope, Sr., long-time employee of Chevron Corporation and father of John Q. Cope, Associate Professor emeritus of English at Western.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected By: Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Languages & Literature.


Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216


  • Full-time student
  • Must be a junior or a senior majoring in either Art or English
  • Must have and maintain a 3.25 or above cumulative GPA


This scholarship is provided by the family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western’s most outstanding students and to perpetuate their name as a symbol to others of outstanding achievement. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Art and Music or Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature.


Submit a letter of application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the appropriate department to the chairperson of the appropriate department (follow links below).

Deadline is April 1st.

Learn more about Western’s Art Program.

Learn more about Western’s English Program.


  • Upper-division English majors
  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be dedicated to and have demonstrated exceptional ability in some genre of creating writing, including, but not necessarily limited to: fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry or playwriting.


This scholarship is provided by the estate of Evelyn L. Haley.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The English Department faculty in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.


Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216


  • Full-time students majoring in English
  • earned a 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 75 semester hours
  • Students should also be able to demonstrate the highest standards of personal conduct, leadership within the division, academic achievement, and potential for service to mankind


This scholarship is provided by an anonymous donor to perpetuate among contemporary young people the memory of Valerie Ann Mitchell, who was an outstanding example of performance in scholarship and citizenship.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Scholarship Selection committee, Department of Communication Arts, Languages and Literature.


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.


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.


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.


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 Inolved

Make your education a life changing experience.

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

  • Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
  • Playwriting: Script plays for the Theatre program.
  • Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
  • Teaching Assistantships: Students help fellow students in challenging writing courses.
  • Wordhorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open mic nights.
  • Writing Center: Work as a writing consultant for the greater campus community.

Writing workshops

Professor Brenna Womer conducts a journalism workshop for Western students in the Writing Center.

News & Research

Dr. Alina Luna, professor

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Western student publishes article in High Country News

Western student publishes article in High Country News

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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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Additional Resources

Sigma Tau Delta

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Western Press Books

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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



Campus Location

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