2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor Education (B.A.): Therapeutic Wilderness & Adventure Programming concentration - J

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Outdoor Education Programs at NVU-Johnson

The Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education is an exciting offering within our diverse department. The Outdoor Education major includes courses from many different disciplines, including environmental science, biology, psychology, and business, as well as courses focused specifically on the techniques necessary to lead and teach people in the out-of-doors. Four concentrations are offered:

  1. Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership
  2. Environmental Education
  3. Outdoor Program Management & Administration
  4. Therapeutic Wilderness & Adventure Programming

Our program’s graduates can expect to find careers with organizations such as wilderness schools, adventure outfitters, outdoor guide services, wilderness or adventure therapy programs, ropes courses, indoor climbing centers, resorts, private schools with outdoor programming, year-round camps, environmental and nature education centers, and national, state, and local parks, just to name a few.

Prior to the required internship, students must complete OER 3010  with a grade of C- or better, have junior or senior standing and obtain a recommendation from the Outdoor Education faculty. Students should meet with their advisors early in their program for specific details regarding the internship process.

Learning Outcomes

The B.A. in Outdoor Education seeks to produce graduates who can demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the field, human development, learning theories, experiential education, natural history and environmental issues;
  • The ability to critically read, evaluate and synthesize literature in the field of outdoor education and carry out an original research project;
  • Pedagogical skills and practical experience organizing, teaching and leading diverse populations through experiential, field-based learning opportunities;
  • Knowledge of professional practices including program administration, program development, risk management, emergency procedures and awareness of industry standards, current issues and trends;
  • Knowledge and skills specific to outdoor adventure pursuits, environmental education, therapeutic applications, and/or program management and administrative practices.

Required Core Courses (32-38 credits)

Therapeutic Wilderness & Adventure Programming Concentration

Required Core Courses (Minimum 26 cr.)

Total: 58-69 credits


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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