Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts

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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 HWTR 100 - FIRST YEAR SEMINAR (1 credits)

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 college 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. Course is required for Freshman.

 HWTR 200 - THIS IS THE HEADWATERS (1 credits)

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.


An annual two-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 colleges 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. 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. Student may take the course four times for additional credit. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

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