Courses

HWTR 100    First Year Seminar  1 credit
An introduction to Western’s interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Through a multidisciplinary study of the Headwaters region, this course provides students with skills for success in a Unversity and access to resources in the campus community.  A discussion-based seminar, course may include regular convocations, community service projects, workshops, and field experiences.  Academic 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 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 University, 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's and communities of the Headwaters Region to consider challenges and opportunities confronting the region. Students attend and participate in the conference and write a paper about the experience in the context of their own lives and future plans.