Humanities & Diversity

  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor

    Get Involved

    A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

    • 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.
    • Wordehorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights.


    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    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

    Tuition Discount Programs

    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.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    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 to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit

    Faculty & Staff


    Lorena Gómez, Ph.D. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Phone: 970.943.2306
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 222A
    Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. headshot
    Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
    Phone: 970.943.2298
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
    Steven Cole Hughes headshot
    Director of Theatre and Lecturer in Communication Arts
    Phone: 970-943-3029
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 212 D
    Christine Jespersen, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of English
    Phone: 970.943.2088
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 218
    Jack Lucido, MFA headshot
    Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department
    Phone: 970.943.3052
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 216
    Alina M. Luna, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of English
    Phone: 970.943.2456
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 208F
    Anthony Miccoli, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Philosophy, Director of Philosophy Program
    Phone: 970.943.3004
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 208D
    Maria del Carmen Moreira, M.A. headshot
    Lecturer in Spanish
    Phone: 970.943.2262
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 225A
    Eun-A Park, Ph.D. headshot
    Associate Professor of Communication Arts
    Phone: 970.943.2265
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 222C
    Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Communication Arts
    Phone: 970.943.2036
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
    Liz Smith, Ph.D. headshot
    Lecturer in English
    Phone: 970.943.2124
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 208A
  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor

    The Humanities & Diversity minor provides the opportunity for students to examine ideas, perspectives and representations informed by issues such as diversity, identity, sexuality and lived realities through the study of literature and related disciplines in the liberal arts.

    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 beliefs, political beliefs and ideologies.” Furthermore, it supports “a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry and creative expression … [and that] … these principles are a moral imperative requiring constant vigilance and a firm stance against actions motivated by hate or intimidation.” (From Western’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Internationalization Committee)

    The Program

    The core component of the 21-credit Humanities & Diversity minor resides in literature as the primary means by which students can engage challenging issues in diversity and identity in a more curated and safe setting, with courses offered in English, Communication Arts, Philosophy and Spanish.

    Through the expansive and varied selection of courses, the program provides students with an immersion in subject matter and fields which best match their interests and strengths, while maintaining a steady footing in theoretically vigorous material.


    We need the humanities more than ever now that technology is found in nearly every corner of society. Engineering and science are part of broader human realities, which means that the skills and insights students gain in a Humanities & Diversity minor help frame and articulate the crucial decisions that affect people locally and globally.  

    The Humanities & Diversity minor complements any undergraduate degree and career path because it promotes the value of collaboration, writing and communication, as well as the appreciation of different perspectives and their accompanying expressions.

    Learn More

    Reach out to Alina M. Luna, Ph.D. for more information.