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.
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.
|SPAN 201||Intermediate Spanish I||3||View|
|SPAN 202||Intermediate Spanish II||3||View|
|SPAN 270||Spanish Conversation and Composition||3||View|
|SPAN 324||Spanish for Medical and Social Services||3||View|
|SPAN 341||Latin American Civilization and Culture||3||View|
|SPAN 370||Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition||3||View|
|SPAN 385||Introduction to Hispanic Literature||3||View|
|SPAN 462||Hispanic Literature||3||View|
|SPAN 482||Spanish in the U.S||3||View|
|SPAN 494||Capstone Experience||3||View|
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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- 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
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).
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.
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.
Western Colorado University
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Gunnison, CO 81231