Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department


PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship


  • High School seniors to college seniors
  • Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout
  • Must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school
  • Preference will be given to Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria


This scholarship is provided by the family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Award depends on funds available


Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application




Michiko Jo Arai headshot
Senior Lecturer in English
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225B
Kelsey L. Bennett, Ph.D. headshot
Honors Program Director
Phone: 970.943.7021
Office Location: Taylor Hall Honors Center 110A
Lorena Gómez, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: 970.943.2306
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222A
Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. headshot
Interim 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
Douglas S. Jones, MFA headshot
Lecturer in English
Office Location: Remote
Michael King, J.D. headshot
Instructor in Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
Phone: 970.943.2041
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208B
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
Spencer Musser headshot
Technical Director of Theatre and Lecturer in Communication Arts
Phone: 970.943.2191
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212 A
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
Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
MGES Grosland Director
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Mark Todd, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of English
Phone: 970.943.2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G
Toni Todd headshot
Lecturer in English & Communication Arts
Phone: 970.943.7050
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212C

The Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department focuses on communication in all media—from public speaking and media production to language studies and philosophy. Students analyze the works of great minds while learning the skills needed to create new classics.

Areas of Study Include: 

Western Communication student delivers a PowerPoint presentation

Communication Arts

COM, Communications, communication studies, video production, production, Communication, Film Studies, Strategic Communication, Theatre, Performance Studies
An image of book with paper, words and reading glasses

Creative Writing

CRWR, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Major, Imagination
Western English student reading a book in the Leslie J. Savage Library


Secondary Licensure
ENG, English, Theatre, Open Mic, WordHorde, English Major, How to Write Good
Western Film Studies students filming video in a campus studio in Taylor Hall

Film Studies

Film Studies, Film Production Technology
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PHIL, Philosophy, Western's Philosophy, Philosophy Minor
A student presents at Western's Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Studies


K-12 Licensure
SPAN, Spanish Program, Spanish, Western, Western Colorado University
Western student on air in the KWSB studio

Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication, Organizational Communication, Events
Western Theatre students perform on stage in a play

Theatre & Performance Studies

Theatre and Performance Studies, Acting, Stage Managing
A Western student drafts copy for an assignment in the Leslie J. Savage Library

Writing Certificates

Writing certificates, western colorado university, business writing, technical writing, copy writing, advertising, grant writing, professional, western state
An English student engages in a class discussion

Humanities & Diversity

Diversity, Western Colorado University, Humanities, Program, Western State, Liberal Arts, DEII, literature, Western Colorado