Outdoor Adventure Recreation Minor


The purpose of the minor in Outdoor Adventure Recreation is to complement major courses of study that prepare students for professional fields that work in outdoor environments across human service, natural resources, educational, or recreation sectors. It will provide an orientation to the technical, risk management, and leadership skills required for personal preparedness and program organization involving backcountry and facilities-based adventure activities. In addition, the minor seeks to improve the standards for fieldwork in professional fields that use the outdoors by offering high-quality training that employs current risk management principles that govern engagement in outdoor activities.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide the highest quality professional preparation in outdoor technical skills
  • Surpass national standards so students can pursue certifications if desired
  • Cultivate life-long learners who are motivated to seek continuous improvement
  • Improve quality and help to reduce risks across professional fields that depend on a common skillset
  • Expand participation in outdoor activities both on campus and in public and private sectors
  • Enhance the experiences of future participants by emphasizing best practices that validate a range of life experiences, identities, and goals

Minor Requirements

Three required courses:12
History of Outdoor Pursuits in North America
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society
Select two courses from the following:
Top Rope Rock Climbing
Adventure Programming: Backcountry Based Experience
Adventure Programming: Water Based Experiences
Electives - Select at least 8 credits from the following:8
New Hampshire Ski Industry Management
Venue Management Design & Operations
Recreation Resource Management
Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
Human Dimensions of Natural Environments
Artificial Climbing Wall Management
Sea Kayaking
Winter Adventure Programming
High Angle Rescue
Whitewater Canoeing
Lead Rock Climbing
Wilderness Navigation
Foundations of Adventure Education
LAP 500 Level Course
Total Credits20

Following University policy, you must complete 20 semester hours with a grade of C- or better. At the beginning of their final semester, students must complete and submit a Certification of Completion of Minor form to their college dean’s office.