Recreation Management and Policy Major: Outdoor Leadership and Management Option (B.S)

UNH’s Outdoor Leadership and Management (OLM) Program is designed for students who want to study and work in outdoor programs, parks, and public or commercial recreation settings. Our graduates are guides, leaders, directors, and managers of agencies that provide healthy outdoor activities for people across their lifespan. Our curriculum combines experiential learning in urban, rural, and backcountry landscapes with a classic liberal arts education. You’ll gain a solid foundation in the theories, philosophies, and methods of outdoor recreation leadership and management while gaining skills in outdoor activities, pursuits or disciplines such as climbing, canoeing, and backpacking. This program will prepare you for dynamic careers in outdoor education, adventure programming, outdoor recreation management, parks and protected areas management, youth and after-school programming, conservation, and other outdoor fields.   

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Outdoor Leadership and Management Option Course Requirements

RMP Shared Core (24 credits)
RMP 490Recreation & Tourism in Society4
RMP 501Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities4
RMP 557Program and Event Design4
RMP 563Recreation Management and Policy Practicum2
RMP 654Professional Development and Ethics2
RMP 764Internship8
OLM Option Core (22 credits)
RMP 411Applied Recreation Risk Management2
OUT 681Foundations of Adventure Education4
OUT 686Wilderness Emergency Medical Care4
RMP 711Recreation Resource Management4
RMP 772Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services4
RMP 776Human Dimensions of Natural Environments4
Leadership or Management course - select one of the following:2-4
Experiential Teaching & Leadership
Leadership in Recreation Services
Venue Management Design & Operations
Field Leadership - select at least 2 of the following:8
Top Rope Rock Climbing
Adventure Programming: Backcountry Based Experience
Adventure Programming: Water Based Experiences
Electives - minimum 6 credits6
Field Leadership course (OUT 540, OUT 551, OUT 552 not selected above can be selected as an Elective)
Artificial Climbing Wall Management
Management of Challenge Courses
Sea Kayaking
Winter Adventure Programming
High Angle Rescue
Whitewater Canoeing
Lead Rock Climbing
Wilderness Navigation
New Hampshire Ski Industry Management
Management and Finance in the Experience Industry
Youth Culture and Programs
Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
LAP 500 Level Courses - Select 2 courses (with outdoor discipline)4
Total Credits
Total Credits66-68

Professional Internship

A supervised internship (RMP 764) is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must register for an 8 credit or 12 credit, 400 hour internship that is under the supervision of a qualified professional. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.

  • Students will know and demonstrate the nature and scope of the outdoor industry, including outdoor education, adventure leadership, and parks and protected-areas management.
  • Students will know and demonstrate the techniques and processes used by professionals and staff in the outdoor industry.
  • Students will know and demonstrate the foundation of the outdoor industry in history, science, and philosophy.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity in outdoor settings.
  • Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations, strategic management, and administration in the outdoor industry.
  • Students will demonstrate the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in the outdoor industry through participation in structured practicum and internship experiences.