Outdoor Leadership



Outdoor Leadership (ODL) Courses of Study

Link to Outdoor Leadership Courses



3.2.16.1

Program Overview

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:

  1. To foster an understanding of the basic concepts of outdoor leadership through an integrated liberal arts and professional training curriculum.
  2. To prepare leaders who can analyze, plan, implement, andminister, and supervise outdoor adventure education programs.
  3. To develop leaders who understand the moral responsibilities of leadership and exercise leadership to promote sustainable communities.

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:

  1. Leadership for the college Outdoors Program
  2. Production of a departmental newsletter
  3. Development of a comprehensive, professional adventure education program
  4. Internship
  5. Participation in a North Carolina Outward Bound School Outdoor Instructor Development Course
  6. Participation in international educational opportunities that focus on Adventure Travel/Eco Tourism
  7. And, for the highly motivated student, the opportunity to assist faculty in teaching courses


3.2.16.2

Major in Outdoor Leadership

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.

Requirements:

  1. All of the following:
    1. ODL 100 History and Philosophy of Outdoor Adventure Education
    2. ODL 210 Backcountry Skills and Techniques
    3. ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education
    4. ODL 220 Wilderness First Responder
    5. ODL 225 Universal Adventure Programming
    6. ODL 310 Leadership for Adventure Education
    7. ODL 315 Group Process
    8. ODL 320 Program Planning and Design
    9. ODL 322 Challenge Course Facilitation and Management
    10. ODL 350 Trip Leader Practicum
    11. ODL 410 Administration and Management of Adventure Education Programs
    12. ODL 485 Outdoor Leadership Internship
    13. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
    14. PED 125 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Rock Climbing
    15. PED 128 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Orienteering
  2. Four credit hours from the following:
    1. EDU 305 Educational Psychology
    2. PSY 203 Child Development
    3. PSY 204 Adolescent Development
    4. PSY 205 Adult Development and Aging
    5. PSY 317 Health Psychology
    6. PSY 318 Social Psychology
    7. PSY 326 Theories and Techniques in Counseling and Psychotherapy
    8. SWK 305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: The Life Course
  3. Four credit hours from the following:
    1. BIO 102 Field Natural History
    2. BIO 113 Field Ornithology
    3. BIO 116 General Biology
    4. BIO 202 Ecology
    5. BIO 341 Plant Taxonomy
    6. ENS 233 Forest Biology
    7. PHY 118 Contemporary Astronomy
    8. PHY 251 Physics I
    9. Another faculty-approved science course
  4. One credit from the following:
    1. PED 109 Canoeing
    2. PED 111 Kayaking
    3. PED 116 Lifeguard Training


3.2.16.3

Minor in Outdoor Leadership

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

  1. All of the following:
    1. ODL 100 History and Philosophy of Outdoor Adventure Education
    2. ODL 210 Backcountry Skills and Techniques
    3. ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education
    4. ODL 220 Wilderness First Responder
    5. ODL 310 Leadership for Adventure Education
    6. ODL 315 Group Process
    7. PED 125 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Rock Climbing
    8. PED 128 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Orienteering
  2. One credit from the following:
    1. PED 109 Canoeing
    2. PED 111 Kayaking
    3. PED 116 Lifeguard Training