Outdoor Education and Recreation Minor

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The Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, & Tourism offers a minor in Outdoor Education and Recreation for students who desire to work in the outdoor education or outdoor recreation sectors. When integrated into a larger curriculum, outdoor education provides a multitude of benefits across realms including physical, mental, cognitive, and behavioral performance. Environmental education increases pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors, and also hones knowledge, skills, and abilities that support holistic student flourishing and self-actualization. 

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

The minor consists of 18 credits outlined below.

Students must earn a "C"or better in each course in the minor. Courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis do not satisfy this requirement.

  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure 
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming
  • REL 324 Outdoor and Adventure Recreation Management
  • PES 227 Outdoor Education Activities
  • PES 202 Adventure Challenge
  • Six credits of additional REL course work from below 
    • PEP 2XX Advanced Methods of Outdoor Education
    • PRO 2XX Special Topics in Outdoor Recreation I* 
    • PRO 2XX Special Topics in Outdoor Recreation II * 
    • PEP 363 Administration of Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Education 
    • REL 395 Sustainability in Recreation 
    • ENV 201 Environmental Science for Non-Majors 
    • PHL 102 Introduction to Ethics 
    • HST407 American Environmental History 
    • HST 457 Dark Continent to Wakanda: The Image of Africa 
    • PBH 303 Environmental Health 
    • ANT 331 Environmental Anthropology 

Note: Special topics courses may only be applied towards the required 6 elective credits one time 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate historical, philosophical, and practical knowledge of the structure and function of public, non-profit, and commercial recreation, tourism, and leisure industries. (COAPRT 7.01)
  2. Students will be able to design, implement, and evaluate specifically targeted recreation, tourism, and/or leisure services which meet participant needs while embracing personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. (COAPRT 7.02)
  3. Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of operation and administration - in both organizational and individual environments - in recreation, tourism, and/or leisure service delivery. (COAPRT 7.03