The mission of the Outdoor Leadership Studies Program is to prepare graduates who have the academic background, skills, and experience necessary to analyze, plan, implement, administer, and supervise outdoor adventure education programs.
The goals of the Outdoor Leadership program are the following:
The outdoor leadership curriculum focuses on education, facilitation, and experiential learning methodologies. It is not a technical skills training program. All outdoor leadership courses combine theory with practice and many incorporate some type of service learning.
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 take supporting course work from various disciplines depending on career interest and needs. Options include social work, education, psychology, forestry, art, and environmental studies. 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.
Opportunities made available to majors in this program include:
Grades: Students must earn a combined GPA of 2.0 for courses in the major.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 53 credit hours, including the following, to fulfill the major requirements.
Grades: Students must earn a combined GPA of 2.0 for courses in the minor.
Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 21 credit hours including the following to fulfill the minor requirements