About the Program
The outdoor education and leadership program offers small classes taught by faculty with experience guiding expeditions all over the world, including the Rockies, Patagonia, the Yukon, India, and Nepal. Throughout the program, you’ll help plan and lead outdoor trips, giving you countless opportunities to hone your leadership skills. Almost all of the classes include field sections, so Utah’s deserts, mountains, and public lands become your classroom. For a true in-the-wild experience, you can spend a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in our local terrain or abroad.
What You'll Learn
- Become an experienced leader with the ability to facilitate successful group experiences and foster confidence and leadership in others.
- Develop impactful place-based programs by applying your knowledge of natural science, cultural history, land management, literature, and environmental studies.
- Master the ability to teach diverse learners in front and backcountry settings.
- Hone your outdoor skills so you can model, teach, and manage newcomers to the field.
- Understand the history, theory, philosophy, and foundations of outdoor education.
Plan of Study
You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses in education, leadership and outdoor skills. Next you’ll take an immersion semester in the field, where foundational knowledge, practical application, and experiential learning intersect. As you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses ranging from Adventure Media, to Public Lands Policy, while participating in internships that align with your interests.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
In this field-based course, you’ll travel various waterways in the Colorado River watershed, examining the current state of rivers in the western US and the complex pressures on this precious resource first-hand.
This class provides opportunities to explore wilderness and creative writing. During hikes with your class in the desert and mountains, you’ll create new written work in a genre of your choice.