Organizations across all sectors depend on strategic communications to control their brand’s message and maximize exposure. Whether you want to pursue a career in advertising, marketing or public relations, a strong background in strategic communications will be an invaluable asset personally and professionally.
Master your ability to communicate efficiently and effectively.
Strategic communication encompasses all aspects of public relations, advertising and marketing. In the Strategic Communication program at Western Colorado University, you’ll acquire the ability to communicate consistently and effectively to a target audience. In the process, you’ll develop skills in analytical thinking, writing, presentation, multimedia, and production. Through comprehensive coursework and hands-on experience in Western’s state-of-the-art media production facilities, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to become a charismatic and decisive communications leader in the professional world.
Western’s Strategic Communication program teaches students to build critical thinking skills, hone their writing and develop strong presentation skills on their way to becoming charismatic and decisive leaders in the professional world.
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.
|BUAD 270||Principles of Marketing||3||View|
|BUAD 333||Organizational Behavior||3||View|
|BUAD 335||Marketing Communications||3||View|
|BUAD 345||Consumer Behavior||3||View|
|COM 151||Introduction to Mass Media (GT-AH2)||3||View|
|COM 241||Media Writing||3||View|
|COM 264||Introduction to Production and Theory||3||View|
|COM 274||Public Relations Communication||3||View|
|COM 323||Media/ Arts Management||3||View|
|COM 346||Multimedia Communication||3||View|
|COM 351||Media Theory and Research||3||View|
|COM 371||Small Group and Conflict Management||3||View|
|COM 372||Issues Management||3||View|
|COM 474||Campaign Planning in Advertising and Public Information||3||View|
|PSY 258||Introduction to Personality||3||View|
|SOC 380||Social Inequalities||3||View|
|SOC 399||Internship in Sociology||1-6||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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Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe 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).
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 2.0 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 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.
Take your education beyond the classroom.
Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.
- KWSB Radio: On air since 1968, KWSB is student driven, student staffed and open to anyone who wants to have their own radio show.
- Mountaineer Media: A student-run media production group specializing in short films, screenings and storytelling abilities.
- Taylor Media Center: Houses film production studios, audio production studios and more.
- Top o’ the World Newspaper: Monthly paper composed by students offering opportunities in newswriting, photography, editing, designing and advertising sales.
- 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.
Strategic Communication students have access to Western’s state-of-the-art media production facilities and get connected with off-campus organizations searching for innovative students.
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