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Spanish Language and Culture

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

From enhancing your ability to speak Spanish to providing you with an awareness of and appreciation for Spanish cultural traditions, the Spanish Language and Culture certificate is a well-rounded program that goes beyond just learning a language. Through a combination of language acquisition, reading comprehension and analysis, and an in-depth examination of Spanish-speaking countries, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of Spanish culture through a variety of lenses.

Program Overview

Gain an in-depth knowledge of Spanish culture.

In addition honing your Spanish language skills through speaking, writing, reading, and listening, the Spanish Language and Culture certificate will also teach you about the traditions, history, and cultural practices of Spanish-speaking countries around the globe.

A complement to any major, this 12-credit certificate teaches the importance of celebrating diversity and makes you a candidate with a highly-sought skill when applying for jobs or graduate programs.

Gain well-rounded understanding

The Spanish Language and Culture certificate challenges you not only to learn the Spanish language, but also to immerse yourself in the cultural practices, literatures, and traditions of a multitude of Spanish-speaking countries.

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 elementary to intermediate Spanish classes, which can be summarized as a completion of program requirements. A minimum of 12 credits is required and six of these credits need to be Western residency-credits. 

SPAN 101Elementary Spanish I3
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish II3
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II3
Total Credits12

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

  • 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.

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.

Get Involved

Pursue experiential learning opportunities.

Fine-tune your skills, make new connections, and take your education beyond the classroom.

  • Multicultural Center: Connect with students from many cultures on campus, participate in community service, and organize 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 highly valued skill

By learning one of the most spoken languages in the world, you’ll enhance your resume and stand out to a variety of employers in addition to gaining an invaluable lifelong skill.

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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