Western State Colorado University

Western State Colorado University is a private college located in the State of Colorado, in the United States of America. It offers a four-year liberal arts curriculum, with 67 undergraduate programs and three graduate programs. Some of these programs include Business Administration, Latin American Studies, Politics and Government, and Pre-Law.

  • Average Tuition USD 17,616
  • Acceptance Rate 93%
  • Students 2,539
  • International Students 0.4%
  • Total Cost USD 30,820
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 16:1

School Description

Western State Colorado University was established in 1901, and is the fourth oldest public college in the state of Colorado. It officially opened in 1911 as the Colorado State normal school, which was meant to serve as a preparatory college for teachers. That changed in 1923, but because of its initial start focusing on teachers, it became known for producing many graduates that went on to become teachers. Interestingly, after many years and a couple of name changes, it became Western State Colorado University only recently, in August 2012.

Western State Colorado has just over 2,500 students from 15 countries, and an average class size of 17 students. The University has over 50 clubs and organisations that cater to the different interests of the students. Western’s location serves as an added advantage for its students. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, there are many outdoor activities that students can experience. From skiing and snowboarding, to hiking and climbing. Western also offers a Wilderness Pursuit Program, to help provide a safe and affordable way for you to discover the area.

Bachelor Programs

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    Accounting

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Accounting students at Western master the technical skills in financial accounting, auditing and taxation needed to compete in the professional arena. For students who choose to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam, the professional accounting emphasis meets those requirements and gives them sufficient background to succeed on the exam. Financial AnalysisProfessional Accounting

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    Anthropology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    At Western, you will build a broad geographical and temporal perspective of human biological and cultural adaptations. This includes an understanding of cultural diversity in our own society, in our world at large and in the past.

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    Art Education

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    An Art Education emphasis helps students build understanding and tools to recognize the dynamic relationships between life experience, the creative process and the art product. Students in this program learn skills and techniques to teach others, as well as skills that help them discover personal sources of creative energy.

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    Art History and Theory

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Western Art department provides both Art and Art History students with a broad foundation in western and non-western art history and in theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills.

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    Art Program

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Western State Colorado University Department of Art offers degree programs in diverse emphases that are grounded in the fundamentals of art and design. Western Art students are fully prepared to pursue a variety of careers and graduate studies in Art.

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    Biochemistry

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Biochemistry is the study of structure, function and chemical reactions that take place in living systems. It’s a very broad field, with jobs and career opportunities ranging from medicine and dentistry to food science and agriculture. ?

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    Biology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    You will take a core of basic courses and choose one of five different emphases for your major. No matter your path, the biology program provides you with an excellent background for graduate and professional school, or for employment in biological science. Student successes include conducting independent, cutting-edge research and presenting at conferences.

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    Business Administration

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western's Business Administration curriculum provides the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in business and management. The degree program builds a solid business foundation, covering accounting principles, business law, international business, finance, economics, statistics and marketing.

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    Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability (coordinated )

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Many students in the world of environment and sustainability find themselves working in a business setting. They need the skills and understanding from both sides to succeed in a strategic way. This combination of majors provides students with background in both areas, so they can successfully help businesses be more environmentally friendly, while supporting the bottom line.

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    Chemistry

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Chemistry is a branch of the physical sciences that studies matter and the principles that govern matter. It connects physics with biology and geology. Western Chemistry students focus on the composition, structure and properties that occur in chemical systems.

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    Chemistry: Secondary Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Chemistry is a branch of the physical sciences that studies matter and the principles that govern matter. It connects physics with biology and geology. Western Chemistry students focus on the composition, structure and properties that occur in chemical systems.

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    Clinical Counseling and School Psychology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    A student of Psychology can expect to investigate the following topics: learning, motivation, social influences, perception, cognition, neuroscience, human development, personality, and abnormal behavior. The study of psychology also involves learning how psychologists work, including the areas of experimental methods, statistical analysis, and clinical psychology.

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    Communication Arts

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    As a Communication Arts student, you will receive the preparation and hands-on training required for a career in one of the many professions that shape our nation's culture.

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    Computer Science

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Computer Science focuses on computer-based problem solving - particularly through algorithms and their implementation in programming languages. From system analysis to mobile apps, as a Computer Science major at Western, you'll learn and develop solutions to challenging problems while gaining skills that can be applied in many different fields.

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    Creative Writing

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Creative Writing majors capture the imagination. They build the skills needed to write original poetry, prose, scripts and stories. Western nurtures a supportive community of writers who collaborate rather than compete. In this environment, students feel comfortable sharing their creative work. We provide opportunities to perform and publicly present poetry and fiction, while also exploring the business aspects of creative writing and literary publishing.

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    Criminal Justice

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western’s Criminal Justice studies are an emphasis within our Sociology program. When you study Sociology at Western, you are choosing a major that challenges your critical thinking skills. Expect to be interested, and likely, inspired.

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    Economics

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    This analysis can focus on the use of money, production for profit, gender relations, consumer decisions, sources of unemployment, the causes of poverty or the conservation of the environment. At its core, it is about making choices both at the individual level and as a society. Economics also has a clearly defined method based on individual decision-making (Microeconomics) or on the characteristics of economies as a whole (Macroeconomics).

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    Economics: Secondary Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    This analysis can focus on the use of money, production for profit, gender relations, consumer decisions, sources of unemployment, the causes of poverty or the conservation of the environment. At its core, it is about making choices both at the individual level and as a society. Economics also has a clearly defined method based on individual decision-making (Microeconomics) or on the characteristics of economies as a whole (Macroeconomics).

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    Education

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Become a teacher! Western's Education Department serves up cutting-edge ideas in teaching, offering a dynamic curriculum, innovative instructional strategies and a dedicated faculty team that is focused on student needs.

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    Energy Management

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Our added goal was that these students would be educated across the disciplines of oil, gas, and mining mineral management as well as, Native American, federal, state and privately owned real estate surface, water and environmental land management.

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    English

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Hone your critical-thinking abilities and formulate arguments that reflect independent and original ideas. The English Standard program is for those willing to take risks with their interpretations and provide support with text- and theory-based evidence. You will leave the program with a strong foundation, writing purposefully and effectively to communicate your thoughts.

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    English: Secondary Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Hone your critical-thinking abilities and formulate arguments that reflect independent and original ideas. The English Standard program is for those willing to take risks with their interpretations and provide support with text- and theory-based evidence. You will leave the program with a strong foundation, writing purposefully and effectively to communicate your thoughts.

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    Environment & Sustainability

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western's Environment & Sustainability program helps students understand and address environmental problems. Pairing small classes with the vast classroom of the southern Rockies, Environment & Sustainability combines interdisciplinary courses in the natural sciences, environmental politics, environmental writing, environmental sociology, environmental economics and environmental ethics.

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    Environment & Sustainability: Water Studies

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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    Environmental Biology & Ecology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    When you select the Environmental Biology & Ecology emphasis at Western, you'll study in the great classroom of the Gunnison Basin - and beyond. You'll explore public and private lands, from sagebrush and lush riparian lowlands to deep forests and rocky alpine crags. Surrounded by six wilderness areas, the basin is truly a vast and wild classroom.

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    Environmental Science

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Environmental Science Minor at Western teaches fundamentals of life sciences in a “living laboratory” of the Rockies. It gives students the opportunity to add a stronger science emphasis to their degree or to add diversity to their existing degree plan. Students studying a wide range of topics can benefit from the Environmental Science Minor.

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    Exercise & Sport Science

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western’s ESS program will prepare you for careers focused on promoting healthy lifestyles and enhancing performance in exercise, sport, and physical activity settings. Exercise Science: ClinicalExercise Science: Health-FitnessK-12 Physical EducationSport & Fitness ManagementSport Psychology (minor)

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    Experimental Psychology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    A student of Psychology can expect to investigate the following topics: learning, motivation, social influences, perception, cognition, neuroscience, human development, personality, and abnormal behavior. The study of psychology also involves learning how psychologists work, including the areas of experimental methods, statistical analysis, and clinical psychology.

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    Film Studies

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    In Western's film studies program, you are part of the production. With easily accessible faculty in small classes and seminar settings, and state-of-the-art media production technology, you will be immersed in theoretical, philosophical and critical studies of media and dramatic works.

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    Finance

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Finance Emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in the financial services industry including banks, brokerages, investment advisors and insurance.

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    Geography & Geospatial Analysis

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Geography & Geospatial Analysis Program at Western emphasizes the study of human geography, while providing background in sciences that improve our understanding of the natural environment through courses offered by other disciplines.

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    Geology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    With a faculty committed to undergraduate education, excellent facilities and some of the world's most spectacular geology within walking distance, Western is the place to prepare for your career in geology

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    Geology: Geoarchaeology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    With a faculty committed to undergraduate education, excellent facilities and some of the world's most spectacular geology within walking distance, Western is the place to prepare for your career in geology

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    Geology: Petroleum Geology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Moncrief Petroleum Geology Program is for students planning careers as geoscientists in the oil and gas industry, as well as careers in resource assessment, energy policy and graduate studies. Students graduating from the program receive the Bachelor of Science in Geology: Petroleum Geology Emphasis.

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    Geology: Secondary Education Licensure in Earth-Space Science

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    With a faculty committed to undergraduate education, excellent facilities and some of the world's most spectacular geology within walking distance, Western is the place to prepare for your career in geology

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    Graphic Design

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    At Western, the graphic design student acquires a visual language and the means to communicate with it effectively - integrating typography, image development, and the use of design software and photography.

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    History Program

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    History at Western is not simply about dates or memorizing names and events.All around us the past is evident and we interact and struggle with it constantly through memory and stories, commemorations, traditions, restorations and relics. The past tells us who we are, what we value and where we may be going. The study of history brings meaning out of time and helps us to realize the complexity of human affairs from many perspectives.

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    History Program: Secondary Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    History at Western is not simply about dates or memorizing names and events.All around us the past is evident and we interact and struggle with it constantly through memory and stories, commemorations, traditions, restorations and relics. The past tells us who we are, what we value and where we may be going. The study of history brings meaning out of time and helps us to realize the complexity of human affairs from many perspectives.

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    Innovation Creativity & Entrepreneurship

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE) Emphasis at Western is designed to prepare students to finance, plan for, start and manage their own profitable venture.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts major prepares students to be effective elementary educators and is aligned with the model Content Standards for the State of Colorado. The depth and breadth of the Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts major curriculum prepares students to successfully teach in a Colorado standards-based classroom or be prepared to enter other education and training job opportunities.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies: Liberal Arts

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts major prepares students to be effective elementary educators and is aligned with the model Content Standards for the State of Colorado. The depth and breadth of the Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts major curriculum prepares students to successfully teach in a Colorado standards-based classroom or be prepared to enter other education and training job opportunities.

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    Latin American Business

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The minor in Latin American Studies provides students an opportunity to study this field from a variety of disciplinary angles. By employing the tools of various disciplines, including art and art history, history, Spanish, geography and others, students can begin the process of understanding these fascinating peoples and nations. The increasing interdependence of the Americas demands that students gain as much exposure as possible to the issues and forces related to the constantly changing relationships between the United States and Latin America.

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    Latin American Studies

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The minor in Latin American Studies provides students an opportunity to study this field from a variety of disciplinary angles. By employing the tools of various disciplines, including art and art history, history, Spanish, geography and others, students can begin the process of understanding these fascinating peoples and nations. The increasing interdependence of the Americas demands that students gain as much exposure as possible to the issues and forces related to the constantly changing relationships between the United States and Latin America.

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    Management

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Management emphasis at Western is a balanced approach of:People managementProject managementOperational and strategic analysis

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    Marketing

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western's Marketing emphasis is built on the foundation of traditional marketing principles, with a focus on leveraging new technologies and collaboration across disciplines.

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    Mathematics

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    You will learn how to reason your way through unfamiliar territory, find familiar structures, make predictions and answer important questions. Mathematics is central to science, engineering, finance, insurance and computing for precisely these reasons. You will see many mathematical structures and understand how they apply to many pursuits.

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    Mathematics: Actuarial Science

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    This program will provide thorough mathematical background that emphasizes topics relative to risk management. Accompanying the mathematics courses, students will take economics and business courses that will further prepare them for actuarial careers. The course structure was developed through recommendations from the Society of Actuaries.

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    Mathematics: Computer Science

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Computer Science focuses on computer-based problem solving - particularly through algorithms and their implementation in programming languages. From system analysis to mobile apps, as a Computer Science major at Western, you'll learn and develop solutions to challenging problems while gaining skills that can be applied in many different fields.?

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    Mathematics: Data Analytics Minor

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Data analytics involves learning both the techniques of data analysis and the context in which the data are generated. We use statistics, statistical modeling, data visualization, computer science to massage data and reveal knowledge. Moreover we use economics, biology, sports science, and environment science to provide a context for interpreting the results.

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    Mathematics: Secondary Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    You will learn how to reason your way through unfamiliar territory, find familiar structures, make predictions and answer important questions. Mathematics is central to science, engineering, finance, insurance and computing for precisely these reasons. You will see many mathematical structures and understand how they apply to many pursuits.

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    Music

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    You'll learn how to perform on stage as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. We'll provide you with a strong background in music, including the history of different musical traditions, music theory from past to present, and recording and technology in music.

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    Music Business

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    You'll learn how to perform on stage as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. We'll provide you with a strong background in music, including the history of different musical traditions, music theory from past to present, and recording and technology in music.

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    Music Education K-12 Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    At Western, you'll train in a pristine setting and welcoming environment that encourages you to create beautiful works of musical art. Our faculty will inspire you to reach your creative potential through diverse performance opportunities and nurturing in one-on-one coaching and preparation.

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    Philosophy

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western State Colorado University Philosophy minor provides students with an understanding of the history of philosophy, an exploration of diverse worldviews, and the tools to examine the complex, unexamined assumptions underlying contemporary society. The Philosophy minor emphasizes development of logical and analytical skills, affording students the intellectual ability to theorize, articulate, and support sophisticated philosophical perspectives.

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    Physics

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The Physics curriculum at Western State Colorado University provides opportunities for students to take coursework that supports other scientific and technical disciplines, to complete an academic minor, or to prepare for physics or engineering programs at other institutions.

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    Politics & Government

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Whether you are unsure of your political stance or consider yourself to be a democrat, republican, independent, conservative or liberal, the Politics and Government program is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and the development of critical thinking skills that are necessary for a healthy and vibrant democracy.

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    Politics & Government: Global Studies

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Want to study international human rights and social movements on the Western slope? Join the new emphasis in Global Studies, the only one of its kind on Colorado’s Western slope, explore the world beyond our borders, help find solutions to global problem and become inspired to make a difference in the world.

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    Politics & Government: Pre-Law

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Students interested in the pre-law emphasis will gain law school advising. Traditionally, about 1/3 of our graduates continue on to law school. Professor William Niemi is a LSAC advisor (Law School Admissions Council) and works with students one-on-one to prepare for the LSAT and law school admission. Our students have attended law school at the University of Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder, American University, Willamette University among many others. After law school our alumni have pursued careers as environmental lawyers, state legislators, lobbyists and many more diverse careers.

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    Politics & Government: Secondary Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Whether you are unsure of your political stance or consider yourself to be a democrat, republican, independent, conservative or liberal, the Politics and Government program is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and the development of critical thinking skills that are necessary for a healthy and vibrant democracy.

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    Pre-medicine Cell & Molecular Biology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    You'll graduate from Western as a classically trained biologist with a comprehensive education in cellular and molecular biology. Your education will include an introduction to all the fundamental concepts that underlie our modern understanding of biology.

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    Pre-Nursing Pre-Allied Health

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Pre-Nursing majors receive broad training in the life sciences. The contemporary curriculum includes hands-on learning through laboratory and field experience. Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows meaningful interaction between biology majors and their professors, both in- and outside the classroom. Professors advise students on both their academic scheduling and career options. Students are encouraged to conduct research projects with faculty, and to participate in internships with private entities and local agencies.

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    Psychology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    A student of Psychology can expect to investigate the following topics: learning, motivation, social influences, perception, cognition, neuroscience, human development, personality, and abnormal behavior. The study of psychology also involves learning how psychologists work, including the areas of experimental methods, statistical analysis, and clinical psychology.

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    Recreation & Outdoor Education

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The goal of Western's Recreation & Outdoor Education program is to prepare students for a career in this diverse field! At Western, high value is placed on experiential learning as well as field-based learning.

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    Recreation & Outdoor Education: Outdoor Environmental Education

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The goal of Western's Recreation & Outdoor Education program is to prepare students for a career in this diverse field! At Western, high value is placed on experiential learning as well as field-based learning.

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    Recreation & Outdoor Education: Outdoor Leadership

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The goal of Western's Recreation & Outdoor Education program is to prepare students for a career in this diverse field! At Western, high value is placed on experiential learning as well as field-based learning.

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    Resort Management

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western State Colorado University’s Resort Management program goal offers unique educational opportunities creating a brand and style of hospitality and tourism services known as "Western Hospitality."

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    Sociology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    While all social sciences are interested in understanding human behavior, sociology is distinguished by its focus on understanding patterns of ?human behavior and emphasizing the social forces that shape and influence these patterns.

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    Spanish

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western State Colorado University Spanish Program allows its majors to study the language, literature, history and culture of Latin America and Spain. Graduates of the Spanish Program are expected to understand and generate language at a very high proficiency level; therefore, reading, writing, listening and speaking are emphasized all four years.

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    Spanish: K-12 Education Licensure

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western State Colorado University Spanish Program allows its majors to study the language, literature, history and culture of Latin America and Spain. Graduates of the Spanish Program are expected to understand and generate language at a very high proficiency level; therefore, reading, writing, listening and speaking are emphasized all four years.

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    Strategic Communication

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    In Western's Strategic Communication program, you'll study the theories and techniques of communication between organizations and their constituencies. You'll build critical thinking skills, writing and presentation techniques, while broadening your perspectives and adapting your decision-making skills to the professional environment.

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    Theatre & Performance Studies

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Whether you are a Theatre major or minor, or simply involved in the annual production season, you will learn the basics of becoming an actor, director, designer, stage manager or playwright. Anyone can become involved, on many different levels, and help stage full-scale productions.

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    Three-dimensional Art: Ceramics

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Course offerings center on technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary concerns. Discussions, critiques, and lectures emphasize content and the development of personal expression. The department's approach is one of breadth rather than of narrow specialization. Because ceramics deals with the illusionary space of painting and the real space of sculpture, this medium inspires infinite options.

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    Three-dimensional Art: Jewelry

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Course offerings center on technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary concerns. Discussions, critiques, and lectures emphasize content and the development of personal expression. The department's approach is one of breadth rather than of narrow specialization. Because jewelry deals with the illusionary space of painting and the real space of sculpture, this medium inspires infinite options.

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    Three-dimensional Art: Sculpture

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Sculpture students work with a variety of materials and processes, carving or constructing objects in wood, clay, and metal in addition to the procedures used in casting bronze, iron, and aluminum.

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    Two-dimensional Art: Painting

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    The painting emphasis at Western is solidly grounded in tradition, providing rigorous, professional courses that investigate the relationship between painting and drawing, combining the materials and techniques of each.

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    Two-dimensional Art: Photography

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    At Western, the phrase "fine art photography" continually undergoes creative, expansive redefinition. The emphasis relates to all other disciplines in the Art department in an atmosphere of cross-fertilization and evolution. In beginning photography classes, Western Art students sample a wide range of basic, practical information and conceptual issues. Intermediate classes offer in-depth studies of specific ideas and technical areas. In advanced classes, students have opportunities for more self-directed projects, developed through group seminars and frequent private consultations with the instructor.

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    Two-dimensional Art: Printmaking

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    Western printmaking covers a wide span of time from 15th-century technology to contemporary methods. Without forsaking traditional techniques, we broaden the definition of printmaking.

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    Wildlife Biology

    USD 18,096 Tuition Fee

    When you select the Wildlife Biology emphasis at Western, you'll study in the great classroom of the Gunnison Basin and beyond. You'll have the opportunity to explore numerous public and private lands from the sagebrush and lush riparian “lowlands” to the deep forests and rocky alpine crags. Surrounded by six wilderness areas the learning environment is truly a vast and wild classroom.

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          • Testimony
            1972-1977, Bachelor of Arts degree

            Real education in a real setting

            I knew all my professors and they knew me- I even knew several professors from which I never took a class. Class size was significantly smaller and the interest in teaching was evident by the care and preparation of the professors- they were there to teach because it is a great location and educational format. The town was also very supportive. By far, it was the best educational experience for me with classes that ranged from eight to 60 students. I had an experience in town at the grocery store when one of my professors checked in with me to make sure I 'got it' that day (it was obvious to him I did not)- he wrote it out on a box of Cheerios and then had to buy that cereal. That pretty much summed up the caring nature of the staff and school. It was money well spent that benefits me even after working for over 35 years. ...and I certainly learned a ton about skiing, hunting, fishing and being self sufficient- also quite handy even after over 35 years!

          • Testimony
            1991-1995, Bachelors of Arts

            Great experience in a beautiful location!

            Western was a great college for me, in that, I didn't feel like a number, the professors knew my name, we could ask questions directly, and it was up to me to learn or not. I loved the outdoor recreation and beauty in Gunnison/Crested Butte which helped balance school stress:) I highly recommend Western!

          • Testimony
            1991-1995, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

            Great education in a great location.

            I began my teaching career thoroughly prepared because of my education at Western State. The foundation I received there helped me become an educational leader and played into my future success as I continued my education.