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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor Education Leadership, B.A.

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Christina Harper, Program Coordinator

Advisement for the major is available from the Education Leadership  Department

Outdoor Education Leadership, B.A. Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

The Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education Leadership follows a student-centered learning approach and focuses on principles, models and techniques that effective outdoor leaders use to perform their jobs effectively and serve their communities.

Graduates of the program are able to:

  • apply leadership principles in field experiences

  • qualify for regional and national jobs in outdoor leadership and interpretation

  • evaluate, develop, facilitate and lead groups

  • effectively manage risk and respond in crisis situations

  • articulate human relationship to and demonstrate stewardship of the environment. 

The Bachelor of Arts in outdoor education leadership includes a General Education experience, a core of required course work and a culminating internship/seminar experience. Outdoor education leadership majors must also declare a minor (or second major). Students who major in outdoor education leadership will pursue careers in fields such as adventure education, outdoor leadership development, trip guiding, natural resources preservation and interpretation, and camp and conference center directorships. Students hone leadership, teambuilding, communication and stewardship skills in the outdoor classroom.

  • Students must maintain current certification in CPR and AED through a nationally recognized agency.

  • They also must obtain and maintain current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

Core Requirements


Complete at least 12 credits from the following with grades of C or better

Major/Minor Requirement

Outdoor education leadership majors must complete a minor, other than the outdoor education leadership minor, or a second major.

Minor/Major Completed:

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