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About Outdoor Studies at Young Harris College

Outdoor Studies prepares you for a range of graduate school and career options, in particular in areas focused on recreational, educational, developmental, and therapeutic settings. Graduates of the program have gone on to serve as Outdoor Adventure Coordinators for municipal parks and recreation programs, Program Coordinator for Watershed and Conservation organizations, team lead for international chemical company, National Park Service Ranger/Interpreter, Adventure Therapy Field Instructor, Field Instructor for Environmental Education School, and Special Events Coordinator and Non-Profit Chief Operating Officer.

Faculty spotlight

Get to know some of the instructors who will guide you through the Outdoor Studies program.

Young Harris College, nestled within north Georgia’s mountains, streams, and lakes, forms the perfect backdrop that invites personal exploration, growth, and learning. Each student’s journey is cherished, encouraged, and supported by a community that cares for and about the whole person. Come check out Young Harris College where its more than just an education, it’s an experience.

Dr. Joseph A. Pate Professor of Outdoor Studies, Chair, Department of Sport, Recreation, and Outdoor Studies – Professional Studies

Outdoor Studies degree requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Studies from YHC, you’ll take 120 hours of coursework.

General Education:

37 hours


26 hours

Program courses:

57 hours

Some of our most popular outdoor studies classes include:

ODRS 3140 Outdoor Risk Management:

Identify the primary components of risk management within outdoor contexts and settings. The course is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge necessary to manage legal risk associated with outdoor pursuits.