Spanish

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major
    • Minor
    • K-12 Licensure

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    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.

    • 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.

    Profiles

    Kodi Enkler

    ~Student~

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    Kodi Enkler

    "I chose Western because it is a small community that strives to be a home away from home."

    "I chose Western because it is a small community that strives to be a home away from home. Throughout my four years here, I have never thought otherwise. Even when I was struggling, I knew there was someone there to support me—which isn't found at every university."

    Karlye Enkler

    ~Student~

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    Karlye Enkler smiles at the camera

    Karlye Enkler

    "I had the opportunity to study abroad in Puerto Rico twice. This is something I never could have done without the help of the Spanish Department."

    "I really appreciate the hands-on experiences I have gained through Western. Being a Spanish major, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Puerto Rico twice. This is something I never could have done without the help of the Spanish Department. When I started out in the program, I had almost no experience with the language. My professors worked with me to help me feel comfortable in learning Spanish. The small classes here ensure that you will be able to get the best help you can from your professors. Once, I was in a class of only three students—it was the calmest environment for learning a foreign language, making Western feel like home."

    Shelby Deutsch

    ~Student~

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    Shelby Deutsch smiles at the camera

    Shelby Deutsch

    "I chose Western to be known as a student rather than a number."

    "I chose Western to be known as a student rather than a number. I know my professors and they are willing to invest in me. The Spanish program at Western is a tight community of people who are learning and practicing constantly. The Spanish program is well rounded, and the professors teach more than just how to speak a language. They teach us about culture and encourage us to speak the language outside of the classroom. We learn together through stories, worksheets, music and more."

    Scholarships

    Program-Based Scholarships

    Fair, Scholarship In Modern Languages

    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

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    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 western.edu/mars.

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    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 western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Lorena Gómez, Ph.D. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Phone: 970.943.2306
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 222A
    Maria del Carmen Moreira, M.A. headshot
    Lecturer in Spanish
    Phone: 970.943.2262
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 225A
    Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Communication Arts
    Phone: 970.943.2036
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E

    Courses

    FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

     SPAN 254 - Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)

    A continuation of SPAN 102. A grammar review and extensive practice in conversation, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent (two years or more of high school Spanish).

     SPAN 255 - Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)

    A continuation of SPAN 254. Further practice and development of speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 254 or equivalent.

     SPAN 270 - Spanish Conversation and Composition (3 credits)

    A course to develop oral proficiency and writing skills in Spanish. Focuses on structure and vocabulary, emphasizing both speaking and listening, as well as basic writing skills within the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

     SPAN 340 - Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 credits)

    An introduction to the general trends of Spanish civilization and everyday life. Includes Spanish development from prehistoric times to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

     SPAN 341 - Latin American Civilization and Culture (3 credits)

    An introduction to the general trends of Latin American civilization, culture and the national character, as expressed in everyday life in the various countries of Latin America. Includes pre-Columbian history to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

     SPAN 370 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition (3 credits)

    A course designed to give students the opportunity to develop their oral proficiency through discussion and presentations. In addition, consideration is given to composition, using tasks that reflect the type of academic work generally asked of Spanish majors and minors' analysis and classification, argumentation, definition, exposition, comparison and contrast, and cause and effect. Prerequisite: SPAN 270.

     SPAN 375 - Judical And Medical Interpreting I (3 credits)

    A study of specialized Spanish vocabulary in two major areas: Medicine and Law. Students are exposed to sight, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting modes. Emphasis is placed on reaching 120 words per minute. Prerequisite: SPAN 255

     SPAN 385 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 credits)

    Students read authentic Hispanic literature concentrating on details such as style, point of view, theme, and symbolism rather than simply reading for comprehension. Students read works by authors from Spain and Latin America with emphasis on works from major literary movements and styles. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 270.

     SPAN 460 - Hispanic Lit: (3 credits)

    A course to give students the opportunity to read and analyze works by major Hispanic novelists, dramatists, essayists, poets and short story writers. The content of the course varies. This course may be taken for credit more than once. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 385.

     SPAN 475 - Judical and Medical Interpreting II (3 credits)

    An advanced study of highly specialized Spanish vocabulary in two major areas: Medicine and Law. Students are presented with various advanced sight, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting opportunities. Emphasis is placed on reaching 140 words per minute.

     SPAN 494 - Capstone Experience (3 credits)

    A research project written by the Spanish major in an area of Spanish language and culture that is appropriate for the students undergraduate experience. This course is offered yearly. Prerequisite: 24 credits in Spanish beyond SPAN 101 and SPAN 102.

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major
    • Minor
    • K-12 Licensure

    Overview

    Spanish students study the language, literature, linguistics, history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish is an excellent complement to majors in Education, Business Administration, Economics, Politics & Government, Biology, Recreation & Outdoor Recreation, Sociology, Psychology, Exercise & Sport Science and Environment & Sustainability. Students can understand and speak Spanish fluently and work in a myriad of professional fields.

    You can also choose to gain a global perspective in the Study Abroad program at Western, which was included among LendEDU’s Top 50 Colleges for Study Abroad Programs.

    The Program

    The Spanish program has two tracks: the Standard major and K-12 Licensure emphasis.

    The Standard major prepares students for positions with the federal government or major corporations concerned with international business. They are also prepared for a variety of other positions, such as teachers, court interpreters and business managers.

    The K-12 Licensure emphasis qualifies students for the State of Colorado Licensure in Spanish Education. Graduates of either emphasis gain an understanding of and fluency in speaking, reading, writing and listening to Spanish; are acquainted with the phonology of modern Spanish dialects and explore the sound system; can read, discuss, critique and appreciate the literary value of Hispanic literature; and are familiar with and appreciate Hispanic civilization and culture. Students majoring in other programs can earn the 18-credit Spanish Minor, which equips them with a fundamental understanding of the Spanish language and culture in a variety of settings.

    Careers

    Career opportunities include:

    • International Business 
    • Interpreter/Translator 
    • Banking 
    • Foreign/Diplomatic Service 
    • Travel Industry Media or Public Relations 
    • Immigration/Customs 
    • Peace Corps 
    • Teaching 
    • Bilingual Medical or Health Worker 
    • Foreign Correspondent

    Learn More

    Reach out to Lorena Gómez, Ph.D. for more information.