Recreation Management and Policy Major: Outdoor Leadership and Management Option (B.S.)

Recreation Management and Policy Major: Outdoor Leadership and Management Option (B.S.)

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The outdoor education program at UNH is the oldest continually accredited outdoor leadership major in the country, with an excellent reputation and prominent alumni working in every aspect of the Outdoor Industry.  The Department of Recreation Management and Policy has been accredited with the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions since the early 1980s, and is nationally-known for its Therapeutic Recreation and Program and Event Management programs.
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What is outdoor leadership and management?

UNH’s outdoor leadership and management program will prepare you for work in outdoor programs, parks and public or commercial recreation settings. Our graduates are guides, leaders, directors and managers of agencies that provide healthy outdoor activities for people across the lifespan. Our curriculum combines experiential learning in urban, rural and backcountry landscapes with a classic liberal arts education. You’ll gain a solid foundation in the theories, philosophies and methods of outdoor recreation leadership and management while gaining skills in outdoor activities such as climbing, canoeing and backpacking. This program will prepare you for dynamic careers in outdoor education, adventure programming, outdoor recreation management, parks and protected areas management, youth and after-school programming, and conservation.

Why study outdoor leadership and management at UNH?

Ranked as one of Money Magazine’s “10 best colleges for people who love the great outdoors,” UNH is the premier academic setting for students pursuing careers in the outdoor industry. The outdoor industry is prominent in all areas of New Hampshire. There is no better place for honing your skills than in the state’s towering mountains and cliffs, scenic coast and waterways, or iconic ski areas. This award-winning, internationally recognized program is the oldest nationally accredited program of its kind in the United States. As a student in outdoor leadership and management, you’ll build competencies through coursework and an applied internship. You will gain the administrative, management, and leadership skills necessary to work in a diverse array of public, private and non-profit outdoor organizations. Our program has 100% internship and job placement.

Potential careers

  • College outdoor program/wilderness orientation program director
  • Mountain and ski resort manager
  • Municipal and commercial recreation director/adventure programmer
  • Nonprofit organization director
  • Outdoor and experiential educator or therapist
  • Outdoor business owner
  • Recreation and wilderness program leader
  • State or national park manager
  • State or national park ranger
  • Youth program director

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Department of Recreation Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2391

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Curriculum & Requirements

UNH’s Outdoor Leadership and Management (OLM) Program is designed for students who want to study and work in outdoor programs, parks, and public or commercial recreation settings. Our graduates are guides, leaders, directors, and managers of agencies that provide healthy outdoor activities for people across their lifespan. Our curriculum combines experiential learning in urban, rural, and backcountry landscapes with a classic liberal arts education. You’ll gain a solid foundation in the theories, philosophies, and methods of outdoor recreation leadership and management while gaining skills in outdoor activities, pursuits or disciplines such as climbing, canoeing, and backpacking. This program will prepare you for dynamic careers in outdoor education, adventure programming, outdoor recreation management, parks and protected areas management, youth and after-school programming, conservation, and other outdoor fields.   

Outdoor Leadership and Management Option
Course Requirements:

RMP 490Recreation & Tourism in Society4
RMP 501Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities4
OUT 550Outdoor Education Philosophy and Methods 14
RMP 557Program and Event Design4
RMP 563Recreation Management and Policy Practicum2
RMP 654Professional Development and Ethics2
RMP 670Venue Management Design & Operations4
OUT 681Theory of Adventure Education4
OUT 686Wilderness Emergency Medical Care4
RMP 711Recreation Resource Management4
RMP 764Internship10
RMP 772Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services4
OUT 786Organization and Administration of Outdoor Education Programs4
Leadership course - select one of the following:4
OUT 682
Experiential Teaching and Leadership
RMP 661
Recreation and Event Leadership
Field Based Leadership - select at least 3 of the following:12
OUT 540
Top Rope Rock Climbing
OUT 541
Management of Challenge Courses
OUT 551
Adventure Programming: Backcountry Based Experience
OUT 552
Adventure Programming: Water Based Experiences
Electives 18 credits (at least 8 credits from below), remaining 10 credits can be from the list below or from other electives per advisor or faculty mentor approval.18
OUT 407B
Introduction to Outdoor Education & Leadership - Three Season Experiences
OUT 539
Artificial Climbing Wall Management
OUT 542
Sea Kayaking
OUT 543
Winter Adventure Programming
OUT 545
High Angle Rescue
OUT 546
Whitewater Canoeing
OUT 547
Lead Rock Climbing
OUT 549
Wilderness Navigation
OUT 782
Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming
RMP 559
Program and Event Marketing
RMP 593
Special Topics
RMP 603
New Hampshire Ski Industry Management
RMP 668
Youth Culture and Programs
RMP #775
Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
Total Credits
Total Credits88

Professional Internship

A supervised internship (RMP 764) is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must register for a minimum of a 10 credit, 10 week full-time internship (internships are variable credit, 10-16 credits = 10-16 weeks) that is under the supervision of a qualified professional. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.

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