September 27, 2017

Winter Session Celebrates Its Second Year

Programs: Winter Session

Wolf walking in Yellowstone National Park in winter.CU Boulder will offer exciting courses during winter break for the second year in a row. Winter Session courses—which run from December 26, 2017 through January 14, 2018—allow students to immerse themselves in a subject through a hybrid format – online and in the field – for a truly unique learning experience. Students have the opportunity to learn from inspiring and knowledgeable faculty who are passionate about the subjects they teach.

In its inaugural year, Winter Session offered three courses including Advanced Horror Fiction Writing at the Stanley Hotel, Mountain Meteorology Lab Experience at Chautauqua, and Humans & Wild Animals: Conservation, Conflict and Coexistence at Calwood. Five courses are being offered this year with additional trips to New Orleans, New York City, and Yellowstone National Park.

The 2018 courses include:

Advanced Horror Fiction Writing at the Stanley Hotel

Students read excerpts of novels, short stories, essays, and articles prior to arriving at the Stanley Hotel. While they are in residence in one of the most iconic hotels in the world, they will write horror fiction, discuss suspense techniques, scare tactics, how to do gore, what to do with disgust and revulsion, and how to balance all that within the framework of some vast, peculiar mechanism that creaks like a rollercoaster, and can plummet like one too, if you do things right. Read more.

Ecology and Adaptation: Animals & Humans in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

Taught in collaboration with Yellowstone Forever, this intensive learning experience includes several weeks of on-line interaction and two weeks in the field. The course is divided into field excursions for animal observation, field laboratory exercises, classroom lecture, group projects and individual presentations. Students learn methods in observing and measuring animal behavior, habitat parameters, and winter ecology. Read more.

Music in American Culture: Jazz in New Orleans

This class provides an overview of jazz music in New Orleans since 1900 with particular focus on the people, places and events of New Orleans that helped to shape the development of jazz. It begins with study of the formation of the city of New Orleans and the factors involved in its creation, the music of early New Orleans and the creation of jazz, and the developments in jazz that have taken place in the city since then. Read more.

The Development of American Musical Theatre on Broadway

This upper-division course explores musical theatre in America and its relation to the continually changing social milieu by examining selected productions, their creators, and performers. The course follows the development of musical theatre chronologically through the 20th and 21stcenturies. The goal of this course is to help you better appreciate, analyze and evaluate musical theatre. Read more.

Mountain Meteorology Lab Experience at the CU Boulder SEEC Lab

This course provides a broad overview of mountain weather and climate. Students investigate how mountains help control the weather and climate throughout the western United States and other places around the world. The course provides an advanced survey of synoptic, mesoscale, and microscale meteorology in complex terrain explaining how terrain and thermally-driven flows, mountain waves, downslope winds, gap winds, and orographic precipitation form. Read more.

The application deadline is October 31, 2017. Explore course offerings, get answers to your questions, and apply at

Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search Buff Portal and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.


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