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 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 Universities 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.

For more information contact Dr. John C. Hausdoerffer or Dr. Melanie Armstrong.