BA MAJOR & MINOR
What You’ll Study
Outdoor Leadership is more than technical skills training. It’s a liberal arts discipline that combines those outdoor skills (like backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing) with theory and practice in interpersonal communication, behavioral science, counseling, and being a leader.
You’ll take courses in topics like:
- Moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership
- Shaping public attitudes toward the environment
- Education and facilitation techniques
- Examining and adapting to various group dynamics
- Conflict resolution
- Backcountry medical protocols
- Technical Skills such as paddling and rock climbing
- Challenge course facilitation and management
- History and philosophy behind adventure education
You’ll also complete an internship with an organization of your choice.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Outdoor Leadership?
Our goal is to prepare leaders who can analyze, plan, implement, administer, and supervise outdoor adventure education programs of all kinds.
Some of our graduates go into program leadership and administration at outdoor centers, working for park services, colleges and universities, or non-profits. Others become instructors for historically underserved populations and people with disabilities. And some go into the adventure travel and tourism industry, working as guides and program directors for eco-tours, travel companies, resorts, and hotels.
No matter what path you choose to follow, the interdisciplinary curriculum and hands-on experience from our work and service programs will prepare you for it.