Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor

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Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor

Program Overview

Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor:

The purpose of the minor in outdoor adventure leadership is to complement major courses of study that prepare students for professional fields that work in outdoor environments across human service, natural resources, educational, or recreation sectors. It will provide an orientation to the technical, risk management, and leadership skills required for personal preparedness and program organization involving backcountry and facilities-based adventure activities. In addition, the minor seeks to improve the standards for fieldwork in professional fields that use the outdoors by offering high-quality training that employs current risk management principles that govern engagement in outdoor activities.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide the highest quality professional preparation in outdoor technical skills
  • Surpass national standards so students can pursue certifications if desired
  • Cultivate life-long learners who are motivated to seek continuous improvement
  • Improve quality and help to reduce risks across professional fields that depend on a common skillset
  • Expand participation in outdoor activities both on campus and in public and private sectors
  • Enhance the experiences of future participants by emphasizing best practices that validate a range of life experiences, identities, and goals
Department of Kinesiology
New Hampshire Hall, 124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2071

Curriculum & Requirements

Minor Requirements

Select one course from the following:4
RMP 511
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society
KIN/RMP 515
History of Outdoor Pursuits in North America
KIN 550
Outdoor Education Philosophy and Methods
Required courses:
KIN 444CAmped Up: Social and Psychological Perspectives on Adventure 14
or KIN 551 Adventure Programming: Backcountry Based Experiences
KIN 540Top Rope Rock Climbing4
KIN 541Management of Challenge Courses4
KIN 552Adventure Programming: Water Based Experiences3
Select one course from the following:2-4
KIN 539
Artificial Climbing Wall Management
KIN 542
Sea Kayaking
KIN 543
Winter Adventure Programming
KIN 545
High Angle Rescue
KIN 546
White Water Canoeing
KIN 547
Lead Rock Climbing
KIN 548
Winter Expedition Programming
KIN 549
Wilderness Navigation
KIN 681
Theory of Adventure Education
KIN 798
Special Topics
Total Credits21-23

Students must earn grades of C or better in all courses. No more than 8.0 credits used by the student to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor.  At the beginning of his/her final semester, students must complete and submit a Certification of Completion of Minor form to their college dean’s office.

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