Outdoor Education Major (B.S.)

http://chhs.unh.edu/kin_oe

The outdoor education major is an accredited, award-winning, internationally recognized program preparing students for careers in outdoor education, adventure programming, wilderness therapy, and other educational/organizational settings. In addition to providing rich course content, this interdisciplinary program gives ample opportunity for practical application and field experience in the New Hampshire seacoast and White Mountains areas. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in every major course. In addition, they must complete 100 days of documented leadership experience prior to beginning a required internship. Interested students should contact the program coordinator, Nate Fitch, nate.fitch@unh.edu.

Students in outdoor education complete KIN 650B Internship in Outdoor Education as the capstone course for the option. This course integrates the knowledge and skills learned in all previous option courses and experiences into practical applications students will use as they prepare to enter the profession. Students complete their internships at regional and national organizations upon completion of all other courses and prerequisites.

Major Requirements

KIN 540Top Rope Rock Climbing4
KIN 541Management of Challenge Courses4
KIN 543Winter Adventure Programming2-4
or KIN 548 Winter Expedition Programming
KIN 550Outdoor Education Philosophy and Methods4
KIN 551Adventure Programming: Backcountry Based Experiences4
KIN 552Adventure Programming: Water Based Experiences3
KIN 681Theory of Adventure Education4
KIN 682Outdoor Leadership4
KIN 686Wilderness Emergency Medical Care4
KIN 687Leadership Practicum4
KIN 786Organization and Administration of Outdoor Education Programs4
KIN 650BInternship in Outdoor Education 22-8
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Professional and Technical Writing
Persuasive Writing
Elective Courses
Select at least one of the following:2-4
Artificial Climbing Wall Management
Sea Kayaking
High Angle Rescue
White Water Canoeing
Lead Rock Climbing
Wilderness Navigation
Teaching Assistantship
Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming
Special Topics
Cognate Requirement
Select 16 credits - related core of courses 116
Total Credits65-75
1

Core of courses emphasizing the particular area or population in outdoor education of interest to student, e.g., business, education, psychology, social work (selected with the assistance of an adviser).

2

Proof of 100 days of leadership experience is required prior to taking this course.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
KIN 540 Top Rope Rock Climbing (Fall only) 4
KIN 551 Adventure Programming: Backcountry Based Experiences 4
or PAWS Pre-Orientation Experience
 
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
KIN 552 Adventure Programming: Water Based Experiences 3
KIN Outdoor Education Elective 1 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits19
Second Year
Fall
KIN 541 Management of Challenge Courses 4
KIN 550 Outdoor Education Philosophy and Methods 4
KIN 686 Wilderness Emergency Medical Care (Fall only) 4
Outdoor Education Elective 1 4
 Credits16
January Term
KIN 686 Wilderness Emergency Medical Care 4
 Credits4
Spring
KIN 541 Management of Challenge Courses 4
Choose One: 2-4
Winter Adventure Programming (2 CR, Spring)  
Winter Expedition Programming (4 CR, Spring)  
Choose One: 4
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction  
Professional and Technical Writing  
Persuasive Writing  
Discovery Course
 
Discovery Course 4
 Credits14-16
Third Year
Fall
KIN 682 Outdoor Leadership 4
Choose One: 4
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction  
Professional and Technical Writing  
Persuasive Writing  
Discovery Course
 
Discovery Course 4
Minor or Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
KIN 681 Theory of Adventure Education 4
KIN 682 Outdoor Leadership 4
Minor or Elective 4
Minor or Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
KIN 687 Leadership Practicum 4
Minor or Elective 4
Minor or Elective 4
Minor or Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
KIN 786 Organization and Administration of Outdoor Education Programs (Spring only) 4
Minor or Elective 4
Minor or Elective 4
Minor or Elective 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits133-135
1

KIN Outdoor Education Electives:

KIN 542 Sea Kayaking: Sea Kayaking (2 CR)
KIN 546 White Water Canoeing: Whitewater Canoeing (2 CR)
KIN 547 Lead Rock Climbing: Lead Rock Climbing (2 CR)
KIN 545 High Angle Rescue: High Angle Rescue (2 CR)
KIN 782 Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming: Therapeutic Applications of Adventure (4 CR)
KIN 549 Wilderness Navigation: Wilderness Navigation (4 CR)
KIN 693 Teaching Assistantship: Teaching Assistantship (2 CR)
KIN 798 Special Topics: Special Topics (varied Credit)

2

May take ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing, ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing, or a Discovery Course.

3

Internship
The final requirement for a degree in Outdoor Education is the completion of KIN 650B Internship in Outdoor Education, which is an internship that is a minimum of 400 hours in duration. Students will typically complete this requirement after their final semester. We encourage students to seek paid professional positions to fulfill this final requirement. Often, students' internships lead directly to full-time jobs with their host organizations.