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Outdoor Studies

Outdoor Studies, a major in YHC’s Department of Sport & Recreation Studies, provides a foundation in the philosophical, theoretical and practical aspects of outdoor, environmental and experiential leadership, education and practice.

The Outdoor, Sport & Recreation Studies majors are all built on the same liberal arts core and afford students opportunities to craft academic pathways that work across disciplines and offer coursework in concentrated themes where no major exists. Many Outdoor Studies courses involve field-based learning and practice.

What classes will you take?

  • A diverse set of classes in the liberal arts core
  • Health & Wellness; Media Communication; Sociology; Human Growth & Development; Sport & Recreation in Society; Group Development; and Statistics
  • Major classes in Outdoor Studies, including:
    • Outdoor Risk Management: Students will be equipped with the basic knowledge necessary to manage legal risks associated with outdoor pursuits. Students attain professionally relevant certifications and/or trainings to enhance knowledge, skills and competencies in field-based risk management practices. 
    • Leadership in Wilderness Contexts: Students will learn and apply best practices in small group dynamics, communication, problem solving, decision making, group roles, expedition management, leadership roles and styles pertinent to wilderness settings and outdoor programs.
    • Environmental Stewardship & Interpretation: Students will explore the philosophical foundations of environmental stewardship and interpretation, as well as practical approaches for their application in outdoor contexts.

What can you do with an Outdoor Studies major?

Outdoor Studies prepares you for a range of graduate school and career options, especially in recreational, educational, developmental and therapeutic settings.