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Humanities & Diversity

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

In the Humanities & Diversity minor, you’ll have the opportunity to examine ideas and perspectives about issues such as diversity, identity and lived realities through the study of literature and related disciplines in the liberal arts.

Program Overview

Examine how the world is enriched by our differences.

At Western Colorado University, we view inclusive excellence as an essential value that defines who we are and pervades everything we do. The program celebrates diversity through an educational environment that honors the entities, experiences and intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, intellectual abilities, religious and political beliefs. It also supports a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry and creative expression.

The program also offers a variety of hands-on opportunities for you to learn more about the diversity that makes the world a fuller place. The Multicultural Center is your chance to collaborate with a diverse group of students on community service projects and organize cultural events. You can also volunteer with Gunnison County’s Multicultural Resources and Project Hope to provide support for local Spanish-speaking individuals and families. Paired with any major, the Humanities & Diversity curriculum will help prepare you for life after graduation and for success in a highly diverse and competitive workforce.

Constructive conversations

The Humanities & Diversity program examines ideas and perspectives relating to issues such as diversity, identity, sexuality and lived realities.

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.

A minimum of 21 credits is required, including the following courses:

ENG 151Borderlands: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality3
ENG 250Critical Approaches to Literature3
Two of the following:6
ENG 152
Women and Literature
ENG 230
Environmental Literature (GT-AH2)
ENG 255
Ancient World Literature (GT-AH2)
ENG 270
ENG 331
Literature and Ethnicity: Studies in:
ENG 337
Women Writers
ENG 358
Global Literatures: Studies In: Topic Variable
ENG 370
Myth and Culture
ENG 371
Literary Theory and Criticism
ENG 384
American Literature Early to Civil War
ENG 385
American Literature-Civil War to Present
ENG 397
Special Topics
ENG 463
Major British Authors: Cont. Lit. & Film
ENG 464
Major American Authors:
Three of the following:9
COM 121
Introduction to Theatre (GT-AH1)
COM 216
Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis
COM 352
Advanced Cinema Studies
COM 371
Small Group and Conflict Management
COM 377
Intercultural Communication in the Digital Age
PHIL 101
Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3)
PHIL 315
Eastern Philosophy
PHIL 325
Women and Gender in Philosophy
SPAN 321
Spanish for Business
SPAN 324
Spanish for Medical and Social Services
SPAN 341
Latin American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 482
Spanish in the U.S.
Total Credits21


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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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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.


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.


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 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

Maximize your educational experience at Western.

Pursue your passions, manifest your ideas and get hands-on experience in your field by participating in the wide variety of extracurricular activities Western offers.

  • Bistro Philosophy: A monthly gathering of philosophy students and faculty at a local bistro to discuss concepts taught in classes, then brainstorming and expanding upon them creatively to address “burning questions” that arise through the semester.
  • Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
  • Multicultural Center: Immerse with students from many cultures on campus and participate in community service and organizing cultural events.
  • Philosophy Intersections: A series of discussions and lectures that highlights work among disciplines campus-wide, where students and faculty look at how their fields intersect and interact with Philosophy.
  • Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wordhorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights.

Sharing ideas

Western holds multiple events in a variety of venues throughout the year including hosting well-known poets like Kenneth Arkind, Kai Davis, and Buddy Wakefield.

News & Research

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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

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Campus Location

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

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