Western State Colorado University offers a private college experience at a reasonable cost, deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We deliver a full, 4-year liberal arts curriculum with graduate programs on a gorgeous residential campus in Gunnison. With an average class size of just 17 students, professors handcraft each students education to fit their interests and prepare them for a career. And Western all of this at one of the best educational values in the state of Colorado. The College opened for classes in 1911 as the Colorado State Normal School. Originally planned as a preparatory college for teachers, Westerns role changed when it became Western State College in 1923. Though for many years Western was known for its graduates who became teachers, it was, in fact, the first Colorado college planned to teach a primarily liberal arts curriculum, and the liberal arts have remained at the core of Westerns academic life ever since. Art Department: The Art Department includes both the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Art at Western State Colorado University prepares graduates to pursue progressive studies leading to a variety of careers. Art majors include Art Education Licensure, Art History, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and more. This department also encompasses our Masters of Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization. School of Business: Business, Accounting & Economics programs at Western immerse students in the management and theory of transactions that characterize trade and finance in America and the world. Emphases in the school of business include Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE), Management, Finance, Marketing, Energy Management, and Resort Management.