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Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership Department Website

Faculty: Mallory McDuff, Jason Michaels, Marty O'Keefe, Edward O. Raiola (Chair)

The Warren Wilson College Outdoor Leadership program seeks to prepare graduates who will have the academic background, skills, and experience necessary to analyze, plan, implement, administer, and supervise outdoor adventure education programs. The goal is to develop leaders who understand the moral/ethical responsibilities of leadership and are prepared to exercise leadership in service to the world. A unique, exciting aspect of the program is the cooperative effort between the College and North Carolina Outward Bound School, an internationally recognized outdoor education organization.

The course of study includes technical skills (such as backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing), interpersonal skills (such as group process, counseling, and leadership), and a broad understanding of administrative issues. In addition, students will take supporting course work from various disciplines depending on career interest and needs. Options include Social Work, Education, Psychology, Business, Forestry, and Environmental Studies.

Major in Outdoor Leadership

Grades: A minimum of C is required in all courses counting toward the major.

Requirements: A minimum of 56 credits including the following:

EDU 305 Educational Psychology
ODL 100 History and Philosophy of Outdoor Adventure Education
ODL 210 Wilderness Skills and Techniques
ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education
ODL 220 Wilderness First Responder
ODL 225 Universal Adventure Programming
ODL 310 Leadership for Adventure Education
ODL 315 Group Process
ODL 320 Program Planning and Design
ODL 350 Trip Leader Practicum
ODL 410 Organization and Administration of Adventure Education Programs
ODL 485 Outdoor Leadership Internship
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
ENS 116 Introduction to Environmental Studies
PED 125 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Rock Climbing
PED 127 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Winter Camping
PED 128 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Orienteering

Students must choose two of the following courses:

PSY 203 Child Development
PSY 204 Adolescent Development
PSY 205 Adult Development and Aging
OR any one of the following:
PSY 318 Social Psychology
PSY 326 Theories and Techniques in Counseling and Psychotherapy
SOW 305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: The Life Course

4 credits from the following*:

BIO 102 Field Natural History
BIO 113 Field Ornithology
BIO 116 General Biology
BIO 202 Ecology
BIO 341 Plant Taxonomy
ENS 233 Forest Biology
PHY 111 Physical Science
PHY 118 Contemporary Astronomy
PHY 251 Physics I
*or another faculty approved science course.

1 credit from the following:

PED 109 Canoeing
PED 111 Kayaking
PED 116 Lifeguard Training

Minor in Outdoor Leadership

Requirements: A minimum of 21 credits including the following:

ODL 100 History and Philosophy of Outdoor Adventure Education
ODL 210 Wilderness Skills and Techniques
ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education
ODL 220 Wilderness First Responder
ODL 310 Leadership for Adventure Education
ODL 315 Group Process
PED 125 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Rock Climbing
PED 127 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Winter Camping
PED 128 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Orienteering

1 credit from the following:

PED 109 Canoeing
PED 111 Kayaking
PED 116 Lifeguard Training