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Upcoming CU Boulder courses include studying wolves in Yellowstone, horror writing at Stanley Hotel

Winter Session courses open to students, public
Posted at 12:16 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 13:06:52-04

BOULDER, Colo. — Want to study big mammals in Yellowstone or write horror fiction at the Stanley Hotel? Those are just a couple of the opportunities offered to both students and the public from the University of Colorado Boulder.

The university’s Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies is once again offering for-credit courses to enrolled students and community members on various topics with unique niches.

“Winter Session classes alter the learning experience,” said Dean of Continuing Education Sara Thompson. “Students collaborate and complete hands-on coursework alongside top experts while immersed in the environments about which they are learning. We’re thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to our students and the community.”

The 2018-2019 Winter Session courses include:

Ecology and Adaptation: Animals and Humans in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

This course focuses on the large mammals that are easily observed during winter in Yellowstone — such as wolves, coyotes, red fox, pronghorn antelope, bison, and elk — and the realities of animal-human coexistence in the 21st century. This intensive learning experience includes two weeks living in the famous Lamar Buffalo Ranch of Yellowstone, plus several weeks of online classes.

Advanced Horror Fiction Writing at the Stanley Hotel 

Taught by acclaimed horror writer and English professor Stephen Graham Jones, this class welcomes students to writing workshops and discussions at the Stanley Hotel. Students will learn how to build suspense, scare readers and incorporate gore, disgust and revulsion into their writing. The course is designed for experienced writers who want to hone their craft in the horror genre.

Music in American Culture: Jazz in New Orleans

Students in this course will travel to New Orleans to learn more about the city that shaped the development of jazz. The professor will teach them about the people, places and events in the city that shaped the genre’s development.

Mountain Meteorology Lab Experience at the CU Boulder SEEC Lab

Class discussions and coursework will address a wide range of topics on mountain weather and climate. Students will learn about climate effects on snowpack, water availability in the state, determining the best places for paragliding and windsurfing and more. In addition to online coursework, students gain hands-on lab and data analysis experience in the CU Boulder SEEC Lab. 

The Winter Session courses begin in late December and run until mid-January. Cost ranges from $2,000 to $5,850, which includes tuition, some food and other program costs. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. To learn more, visit