Learning Outcomes | Outdoor Leadership

After Pacific | There are more than 750,000 jobs in the active outdoor industry in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska alone. These include positions in traditional and outdoor education, guiding and retail.

Outdoor activities are used in a wide range of other careers. Occupational therapy, for instance, uses outdoor activities to help rehabilitate veterans. Psychologists use wilderness therapy to help young people who have suffered abuse to gain self-confidence.

Graduates may work as outdoor guides — with programs such as Outward Bound — and in adaptive sports programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student completing a minor in Outdoor Leadership will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess and manage the risks involved in leading others in a wilderness setting such as rock climbing or whitewater kayaking.
  • Apply experiential education theory towards the development of participants’ skills in a variety of outdoor adventure activities.
  • Design and implement an expedition plan for an outdoor adventure that allows other students to develop a sense of discovery.
  • Explain the interconnection between outdoor education, sustainability and our daily lives.
  • Provide pertinent feedback to others and develop self-awareness of their own abilities and limits in this field.
  • Value diversity through intense and sustained adventures that encourage people to understand different perspectives, beliefs and backgrounds.

Program Purpose

The mission of the Outdoor Leadership Minor is to develop students’ leadership skills in decision-making, group facilitation, self-awareness, and risk management through an outdoor adventure framework. Students learn to lead participants through backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing trips. The course series is grounded in experiential education concepts, and there is an overt emphasis on transferring leadership skills learned in the field to other life pursuits.