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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.

 SPAN 254 - Intermediate Spanish I (3 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 324 - Spanish for Medical and Social Services (3 cred.)

Develops oral proficiency and writing skills in Spanish as applied to medical and social services settings. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or WebCAPE score of 509 or higher, or instructor permission.

 SPAN 340 - Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 482 - Spanish in the US (3 cred.)

Develops critical and linguistic awareness about the relationship between language, individual, and society, in the context of the use of Spanish in the U.S.  Conducted in Spanish.  Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or WebCAPE score of 509 or higher, or instructor permission.      

 SPAN 494 - Capstone Experience (3 cred.)

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.

Faculty & Staff


Lorena Gómez, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: 970.943.2306
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222A
Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Communication Arts
Phone: 970.943.2036
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E


Program-Based Scholarships

Fair, Scholarship In Modern Languages


  • 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

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 our scholarships page.

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 our scholarships page.

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 our scholarships page.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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Reach out for more information about the program.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office Location: 
Taylor Hall 222A

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