Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor

Program Goals

With a minor in Outdoor Education & Leadership students will develop effective leadership, communication, management, self-awareness, and technical outdoor skills that will complement their major degree and can transfer to many fields of study and career paths. They will identify and critically examine contemporary professional issues in outdoor education, leadership, and environmental studies in both a classroom and field setting. Students will gain an understating of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of outdoor recreation, education, and leadership.


  • Develop effective leadership techniques including judgment and decision-making, communication, expedition behavior, and methods to foster positive group dynamics.
  • Interpret, advocate for, and articulate the concerns of the outdoor education and recreation field including current environmental, social, and educational issues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate research into practice through the application of experiential and outdoor education strategies.
  • Create an e-portfolio as a tool for documentation, reflection, and pre/post assessment of leadership skills developed over the course of the minor.
  • Learn about aspects of running an Outdoor Recreation Program including marketing, trip planning and implementation, and administrative duties.
  • Develop teaching and presentation skills/techniques.
  • Continue to develop personal outdoor leadership and technical skills.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in all courses required for the minor.

Up to 4 credits can count towards your major and the Outdoor Education & Leadership minor.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the minor:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

Outdoor Education & Leadership Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 10
HPW 310 Foundations & Techniques of Experiential Education (3)
HPW 410 Seminar in Outdoor & Experiential Education (3)
HPW 311 Trip Leader Training (2)
HPW 300 Outdoor Skills Based Courses (2)
II.Electives 10
HPW 300P Wilderness Education (4)
HPW/ENVI 355 Outdoor Leadership (2)
EDUC 205 Service Learning (2)
MGMT 205 Leadership Development (2)—offered fall co-requisites: PSYC 105 or INTR 100
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH 141
MGMT 430 Nonprofit Organization (4)
PHIL 206 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics (4) PHIL 102
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics & Policy (4)
PUBH 320 Environmental Health (4) PUBH 305
ANTH 477 Environmental Anthropology (3)
EDUC 315 Learning Theory (3) PSYC 105
EDUC 313 Adult Learning Theory (3)
HPW 300 Outdoor Skills Courses (2)
Other Special Topics Courses**

* HPW 300 –Outdoor Skills Courses
Choose from Indoor Rock Climbing, Advanced Indoor Climbing, Ladies Only Indoor Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing, Level I Avalanche Awareness, Wilderness First Responder, Intro to Backcountry Skiing, or other skills based certifications, training with the American Mountain Guide Association or National Outdoor Leadership School, University of Utah, or other trainings/certifications by approval.

** Other Special Topics Courses as approved by the Program Advisor – up to 2 credits

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