Outdoor Leadership

Major, Minor

Students in the outdoor leadership major and minors want to explore the world, take the path less traveled, and are passionate about sharing nature with others. If this describes you or who you aspire to be, join us for one of the greatest adventures of your life.

What is Outdoor Leadership?

The outdoor leadership program is designed to prepare students for work in the growing outdoor industry, or any field that requires dynamic leadership, risk management, and decision making skills  to solve complex challenges within a team. The outdoor adventure industry generates $889 billion in annual consumer spending in the United States, and there are more than 7 million American jobs, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Oregon alone has $5.1 billion in outdoor industry wages and over 170,000 direct jobs.

Outdoor Adventure

Most students will participate in the Outdoor Adventure Semester (OAS) which will immerse them in the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Students will learn how to guide backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking trips while honing their group facilitation and interpersonal skills.    

Students also are encouraged get involved in Pacific’s Voyages and Outdoor Pursuits programs. 

Why Get an Outdoor Leadership Degree?

All courses will emphasize the development of students’ equity, diversity, and inclusion perspective to create a more just and peaceful world.  When students graduate with an outdoor leadership degree, they will have a deeper understanding of themselves and be better prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.