This major is for students who expect to pursue a career or graduate work in leisure services, outdoor recreation, protected area management or related fields. The program provides an academic foundation that meets professional standards in leisure studies, in general, and outdoor recreation, in particular. It also provides varied opportunities to develop additional competencies for more specialized entry-level positions in leisure and outdoor recreation settings. The learning environment uses both traditional and experiential learning strategies in a small-scale setting. Graduates may be self-employed or find employment in interpretive or outdoor education centers, organized camps, resorts, outfitters and guide services, colleges, adventure programs, county and city recreation and parks departments, state and federal land and water resource management agencies, and a variety of nonprofit organizations and businesses related to the field of outdoor recreation.
Students majoring in outdoor recreation leadership and management must achieve a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher in all major core courses.
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*See the “Course Descriptions” section of this bulletin for major and minor course prerequisites, particularly RE 371, RE 381 and RE 382, before selecting liberal studies and world cultures courses.
This major does not require a minor, but does require 18 credits of electives/minor/cluster minor.