Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts

Courses

The following is a list of courses offered in this program at Western. The official University Catalog contains more detailed and specific information about degree requirements for this major.

 HWTR 100 - RECREATION GUNNISON (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - HIKING IN THE GUNNISON VALLEY (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - THE EMPOWERMENT OF ADVENTURE (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - HISTORY OF THE GUNNISON COUNTR (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - WATER AQUA H20 (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - BILLIARDS BONANZA (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - HOSPITALITY CERTIFICATION (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - YOUR FUTURE STARTS NOW (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - ELEVATING LEADERSHIP (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE EDUC (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - YOUR PLACE IN GUNNISON VALLEY (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - ENGAGE HWTR THROUGH SCIENCE (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - LEADERSHIP IN THE WEST (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - ETHICS PITFALLS OF UNIV LIFE (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - LOCAL FOOD GUNNISON VALLEY (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - EXERCISE AND ALTITUDE (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - MARKETING ME (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - FINDING YOUR PERSONAL RHYTHM (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - MTN ICE (INNOV.CREAT.ENTREP.) (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - FIRST GENERATION LEADERS (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - OPTIMUM CONDITIONS (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - GREEN PLANET (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - PUZZLES PATTERNS PARADOXES (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 100 - HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN GUNNI (1 credits)

An introduction to Western's interactive educational experience and the diverse learning environments of the Gunnison Valley. Throught 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 398 - HEADWATERS CONFERENCE (1 credits)

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.

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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Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 Champion Leadership & Responsibility Scholarship

Champion Leadership & Responsibility Scholarship is available to:

Intercollegiate Athletes that are a junior or senior in Intercollegiate Athletics eligibility standing in their respective sport program(s). Be at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes in the academic year in which they receive the scholarship. Recipient must be enrolled at Western and in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a member of a Western State Colorado University Intercollegiate Athletics team. They must be eligible to compete under NCAA and RMAC rules and regulations, and clear a back-ground check conducted by the Office of Student Affairs.

Scholarship Recipient Provided by:

Miller Brewing Company/Colorado Beverage Distributing Inc.

Scholarship Amount: Award depends on fund availability

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Intercollegiate Athletics Director or Assistant Intercollegiate Athletics Director for Internal Operations and Compliance, Assistant Intercollegiate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Sports Information Director, Faculty Intercollegiate Athletics Representative, one professional member of Student Affairs/Campus Life, two members of the Student Intercollegiate Athlete Advisory Committee (one male and one female).

Scholarship Criteria:

10% Intercollegiate Athletics Achievement 15% Academic Achievement 75% of the criteria is based on the following: Demonstrated leadership and responsibility - this includes responsibility in all aspects of one's life, especially in the area of responsible decision making regarding alcohol. Demonstrated leadership and involvement in campus and off-campus activities including, but not limited to Student Government Association, Student Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council, Academic Leadership Program, on and off-campus community service engagement. Community service activities involving responsibilities regarding alcohol and alcohol awareness programs carry additional weight.
Continued Expectations:Throughout the year that an applicant receives and represents this scholarship, they are expected to continue to live to the ideals of the scholarship program. They are highly encouraged to engage in at least one service project that has focus on alcohol awareness and responsible behavior.

Scholarship Application:

Contact the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210. Hand deliver application packet which includes a letter of application, resume, support materials/portfolio demonstrating leadership and involvement activities, and three letters of reference to:

Champion Leader and Responsibility
Scholarship Program Selection Committee
Attn. Loretta
Intercollegiate Athletics Department
210 Paul Wright Gymnasium
Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, Colorado 81231

 Western Presidential Scholars Award

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

Application Process

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status.  Completed applications must be received by April 1st of each year.

Renewal Criteria

  •          Must enroll in and successfully complete 12 credits each semester (24 credits each year)
  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

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