Ohio University

Outdoor Recreation and Education

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The Outdoor Recreation & Education major is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in the field of outdoor recreation and education. The program blends traditional classroom and field-based learning opportunities to create a unique educational experience for students in the major. Students develop foundational knowledge related to the discipline, technical proficiency in various outdoor adventure pursuits, expeditionary and wilderness travel experience, and programming, leadership and teaching ability that can be applied in a wide variety of professional contexts. General topic areas in the program include outdoor leadership, environmental interpretation, parks and protected areas management, ecotourism, and adventure programming.  Students can earn a number of professional certifications and certificates through academic coursework in the program.

Upon completion of the degree, students should qualify for direct leadership, supervisory, and administrative positions in a wide variety of professional settings in which outdoor recreation and education is practiced. Some of these settings include municipal recreation and park departments; state and federal parks and protected areas; youth services agencies; residential camps; nonprofit civic and religious organizations; collegiate outdoor pursuits programs; ecotourism and adventure travel operations and guide services; and traditional outdoor schools, such as Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Program Requirements

To complete this program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete the university's general education requirements.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of "C" (2.00) in all courses taken at the university.
  • Complete all course requirements for the Outdoor Recreation & Education major.
  • Complete a minor or certificate program.
  • Complete an approved internship with an acceptable program

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Andrew Szolosi
Program Coordinator, Recreation Studies
McCracken Hall 202L