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Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Major, Minor, K-12 Licensure


Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. With a fluency in Spanish, you’ll have a life-long competitive advantage for a variety of careers in healthcare, education, government and business.

Program Overview

Transform your passion for language into a powerful professional asset.

In the Spanish program at Western Colorado University, you’ll study the language, literature, linguistics, history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish is an excellent complement to most majors and will serve as a competitive edge when you’re applying to jobs or graduate school. In the program, you’ll not only experience full linguistic immersion, but you’ll have the opportunity to practice your Spanish skills as a volunteer at Gunnison County’s Multicultural Resources and Project Hope. You can also gain a global perspective by studying abroad in Spanish speaking countries. Western is proud to be ranked among LendEDU’s Top 50 Colleges for Study Abroad Programs.

A global perspective

Spanish students learn the language, literature and culture of Spanish-speaking countries, which opens the door to careers in a myriad of professional fields around the world.

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

All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 36 credits is required, including the 15-credit Spanish Core

Spanish Core
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN 270Spanish Conversation and Composition3
SPAN 350Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
SPAN 385Introduction to Hispanic Literature3
Total Credits15

A maximum of nine credits earned from independent study and/or foreign travel may be applied to the major. Students who desire foreign language credit for foreign study and/ or exchange programs must have prior approval from the Department of Communication Arts, Languages, and Literature. Spanish credit for foreign study will be granted only to students who participate in formal study abroad programs sponsored by institutions accredited in the United States.

And the following:

SPAN 341Latin American Civilization and Culture3
SPAN 370Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition3
SPAN 494Capstone Experience3
Two of the following Literature Classes:6
SPAN 462
Hispanic Literature
SPAN 464
Hispanic Literature Through Film
SPAN 466
U.S. Latino Literature
SPAN 468
Hispanic Literature, Contemporary Authors
Two of the following Linguistics Classes:6
SPAN 366
Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language
SPAN 480
Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
SPAN 481
Syntax and Morphology of Spanish
SPAN 482
Spanish in the U.S.
Total Credits21



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  • 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


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.


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.


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

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.

  • Multicultural Center: Immerse with students from many cultures on campus and participate in community service and organizing 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.

Beyond the language

In addition to learning the language, Spanish students learn about the civilization, culture, history and everyday life in Spanish-speaking countries, including Spanish development from prehistoric times to the present.

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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

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