Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Nov 30, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor Leadership Major (CUS)

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“While God’s glory is written all over his work, in the wilderness the letters are capitalized.” Roderick Nash

The Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership prepares students for careers in or related to the outdoor industry. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs. Students will develop a strong, Bible-based foundation in their skills and leadership to prepare them for this vast industry. We accomplish this by taking CLASS outside to pursue these goals:

Character Formation
Leadership Development
Authentic Community
Skills Acquisition
Spiritual Transformation

Through these, students will develop their own theology of outdoor leadership in the context of a Christian world view throughout the 4 year program. By choosing from a wide array of minors, students will gain knowledge and experience in an area of concentration depending on their career goals.

The Outdoor Leadership Major requires completion of the following 120 credits:
General Education (48 credit hours)
Outdoor Leadership Major Core (45 credit hours)
General Electives (27 credit hours - may be used to satisfy a minor)

Business and Leadership General Education Core (48 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Take one course from each of the following three academic disciplines:

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

Choose one course from the following:

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)

Take the following four courses (some courses are cross-listed and only one prefix needs to be taken):

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

* Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

Take each of the following four courses:

Outdoor Leadership Major Core (45 credit hours)

Leadership Studies Core (12 credit hours)

Concentration or General Electives (27 credit hours)

Although not required, it is strongly encouraged that students complete a minor to complement the Outdoor Leadership Major. The areas of concentration listed below are typical of the fields in which one may seek employment in the outdoor industry. By completing one of the minors associated with an area of concentration, students will gain a competitive advantage in their field of interest.

Business & Camp Management - Business  or Management  Minor
Wilderness Therapy - Psychology  Minor
Outdoor Education - Education  or Youth Ministry  Minor
Naturalist - Biology  Minor
Outdoor Ministry - Theology  or Intercultural Ministry  Minor
Outdoor Journalism - Communication  or English  Minor

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