Headwaters Courses 2012-2013



HWTR 100 First Year Seminar   1 credit

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environment of the Gunnison Valley. Through a multidiciplinary study of the Headwaters region, this couorse provides students with skills for success in higher education and access to resourse in the campus community. A discussion-based seminar, course may include regular convocations, community service projects, workshops, and field experiences. Adademic themes include an introduction to the liberal arts, community sustainability, and the social, natural, and cultural surroundings of the region. First year students are required to attend Orientation and are expected to enroll in the first year seminar


HWTR 200 Introduction to the Headwaters   1 credit 

A fall offering that gives students a broad cross-disciplinary overview of the Headwaters Region surrounding the College, with some field trips out into the region and an opportunity to look into some of the issues impacting the region.


HWTR 398 Headwaters Conference   1 credit 

An annual three-day gathering on campus each fall, bringing together writers and scholars, local community leaders and activists, artists, government officials, and other interested citizens from the University and communities of the Headwaters Region to consider challenges and opportunities confronting the region. Students attend and participate in the conference, complete applied research projects throughout the month following the conference, and write a paper about the experience in the context of their own lives and future plans. A student may take the course four times for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing or instructor permission.