Bachelor of Science Degree
Major in Outdoor Adventure Leadership
The Outdoor Adventure Leadership degree develops leadership skills, awareness of group dynamics, facilitation methods and effective communication techniques. This degree combines the study of educational and leadership theory and practice with technical outdoor travel and adventure. Students will acquire and enhance environmental skills and knowledge related to a variety of populations including senior citizens and youth-at-risk. They will also explore issues ranging from ethical controversies and risk management to program design.
Specialized skills acquired with Outdoor Adventure Leadership include sequencing, facilitation, and processing of activities, with specific attention to transferring the learning from activity-based experiences to “real lives” of participants. In addition, the ability to safely engage in and provide outdoor activities and effectively teach skills in outdoor and indoor settings are central to the degree.
Outdoor Adventure Leadership prepares students for careers in a wide variety of leadership positions with hands-on learning activities. The Outdoor Adventure Leadership degree allows the student to teach outdoor skills to others, safely oversee outdoor programs, and design programs for corporate and community organizations while preparing students for professions with agencies that have a natural resource base foundation and public and private entities for utilizing the outdoors.
An Outdoor Adventure Leadership degree will allow the graduate to pursue careers in adventure business companies; travel agencies; ski resorts; city, state, and national parks; U.S. Forest Service; outfitter organizations; ecotourism; and hotel and resort management.
A grade of C- or higher is mandatory in all health and human performance courses satisfying the major requirements.