Jul 20, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor Education (B.A.): Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership concentration

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This program provides technical training in outdoor techniques and leadership in combination with cross-disciplinary study in education, psychology and biology and environmental science. Students master the skills and knowledge to safely lead groups wherever adventure calls, become adept at group process and have the opportunity to gain certification as a Wilderness First Responder. Students must document at least 25 days of wilderness or adventure leadership experiences when they apply for their required internship. Leadership opportunities are offered through various courses, the Outing Club and local schools and agencies. Students should consult with their advisor early in their program to obtain details about this requirement. Graduates earn a B.A. in Outdoor Education with a concentration in Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership.

Graduates will be prepared for work in the fast-growing field of educational and recreational outdoor programs. Employers include adventure outfitters and guide services, outdoor education centers and camps that include programs in outdoor living/travel and ropes courses, and outdoor leadership development programs. Graduating students also may pursue advanced degrees in outdoor education, outdoor recreation or outdoor therapeutic recreation.

Outdoor Education Programs at JSC

Students in the Outdoor Education major choose one of two concentrations – Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership or Environmental Education – and graduate with a B.A. in Outdoor Education.The major provides technical training in outdoor pursuits/adventure leadership and environmental education in combination with cross-disciplinary study in education, psychology and biology. It is a highly experiential program that prepares students for a career or graduate study in outdoor education, outdoor recreation and environmental education. An internship is required.

Prior to the required internship, students must complete OER-3010  with a grade of C- or better, have junior or senior standing and obtain a recommendation from the Outdoor Education faculty. Students should meet with their advisors early in their program for specific details regarding the internship process.

Learning Outcomes

The B.A. in Outdoor Education seeks to produce graduates who can demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the field, human development, learning theories, experiential education, natural history and environmental issues;
  • The ability to critically read, evaluate and synthesize literature in the field of outdoor education and carry out an original research project;
  • Pedagogical skills and practical experience organizing, teaching and leading diverse populations through experiential, field-based learning opportunities;
  • Knowledge of professional practices including program administration, program development, risk management, emergency procedures and awareness of industry standards, current issues and trends;
  • Knowledge and skills specific to outdoor adventure pursuits and/or environmental education.

Adventure Education & Wilderness Concentration


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards  .

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