Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major — B.S.
The mission of the outdoor adventure leadership (OAL) major is to develop visionary leaders who are prepared to change lives through effective leadership, whether in a wilderness context or a context where these transferable skills are implemented.
The OAL program delivers an innovative, intensive, and experiential curriculum that promotes the development of strong leaders capable of effectively facilitating groups through high risk environments. The program is grounded in the theory and principles of adventure and leadership strategies and is rich with opportunity for application. Embedded within a liberal arts educational community, the program embraces the many opportunities to enrich each student’s experience through interdisciplinary study and fosters in each student qualities of responsibility and independent thought, respect for others, the spirit of collaboration, awareness of our environmental and cultural connections and a commitment to lifelong service and learning.
Special Academic Status Policy for Outdoor Adventure Leadership Majors
- A student in this major must receive a semester grade of at least C- in all required RLS-prefix courses.
- A student who fails to complete a required RLS-prefix course with a grade of at least C- must repeat the course. The Ithaca College policies on repeating courses must be followed. See "Repeating a Course" under Credit and Grade Information.
- A student who receives less than a C- after repeating a required RLS-prefix course will be subject to dismissal from the program. A student dismissed from the program may be eligible to enter other Ithaca College degree programs.
- A student dismissed from a professional practicum is subject to receiving a failing grade and, in that case, must complete a prescribed program of remediation prior to a second placement. The student must register again for the practicum. A student dismissed from a professional practicum a second time is subject to dismissal from the program.
- In exceptional cases, a student may be readmitted to the program upon satisfying conditions determined by the faculty.
At least 60 credits of liberal arts are required to graduate with a B.S. degree. All candidates for the B.S. degree in outdoor adventure leadership must complete a minimum of 120 credits in the components described below.
|Foundations of recreation and leisure||18|
|Outdoor adventure leadership core||36|
|Outdoor adventure leadership practicum||11-15|
|Integrative Core Curriculum 1||19-23|
|Liberal Arts electives||11|
Please refer to "ICC" tab on our school's main page to see requirements.
|FOUNDATIONS OF RECREATION AND LEISURE|
|RLS 10100||Leisure and Society 1||3|
|RLS 10500||Fundamentals of Leadership 1||3|
|RLS 12500||Understanding Disability: Characteristics, Causes, Services 1||3|
|RLS 33200||Research Methods||3|
|RLS 34000||Inclusive Recreation and Diversity 1||3|
|RLS 45300||Seminar: Professional Development||3|
|OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP CORE|
|RLS 15100||Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits||3|
|RLS 17100||Introduction to Backpacking||1|
|RLS 18005||Selected Topics in Rescue||2|
|RLS 21600||Outdoor Adventure Skills||3|
|RLS 21800||Wilderness First Responder||3|
|RLS 22000||The Wilderness Experience||4|
|RLS 22300||Wilderness Literacy||2|
|RLS 23200||Program Planning||3|
|RLS 35400||Organization and Supervision of Outdoor Pursuits||2|
|RLS 37000||Wilderness Land Use Ethics||3|
|RLS 42100||Wilderness Expedition Leadership||4|
|RLS 43000||Adventure Education||3|
|RLS 43500||Risk Management in Outdoor Adventure Programming||3|
|OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM|
|Select 12-15 credits of the following: 2||12|
|Service Learning in Recreation|
|Internship in Recreation and Leisure Studies|
Satisfies Complementary Liberal Arts requirement.
Internships must be approved by the department chair. To be eligible for an internship (RLS 44100) an outdoor adventure leadership major must meet the following prerequisites: