Adventure Based Learning Minor

Adventure Based Learning (ABL), was defined by Cosgriff (2000) as “the deliberate use of sequenced adventure activities - particularly games, trust activities and problem solving initiatives – for the personal and social development of participants” (p. 90). ABL utilizes group initiatives, low and high challenge course elements and many other activities to facilitate team building, problem solving, trust and communication. These experiences allow the individual and team to approach physical, social, mental and emotional challenges in a safe and secure setting. The program uses these activities as tools to develop different aspects of the individual and the group. For more information, please contact Dr. Carol Smith.

Minor Requirements

Required courses: 12 sh

OLE 2250INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURE BASED LEARNING

4 sh

OLE 4100ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

4 sh

OLE 4970CAPSTONE IN ADVENTURE BASED LEARNING

4 sh

Select one activity course from the following: 1-2 sh

HEU 1070LIFEGUARDING

2 sh

HEU 1100LAKE AND RIVER KAYAKING

1 sh

HEU 1150BASIC CANOE AND CANOE CAMPING

1 sh

HEU 1190INTRODUCTION TO TROUT FISHING AND JIG TYING

1 sh

HEU 1200WHITEWATER CANOEING

1 sh

Select eight semester hours from the following: 8 sh

OLE 1610WILDERNESS STUDIES, LEAVE NO TRACE, AND LEADERSHIP

2 sh

OLE 2000EXPERIENTAI L FACILITATION SKILLS

4 sh

OLE 3000OUTDOOR AND ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP

4

COM 2650SMALL-GROUP COMMUNICATION

2 sh

ENS 1100HUMANS AND NATURE

4 sh

ENS 1110INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

3 sh

ENS 1130INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB

1 sh

GBL 2550ELON IN ALASKA

4 sh

GBL 2660CRITICALLY ENGAGED ECO-TOURISM IN NEW ZEALAND

4 sh

HSS 3200GROUP DYNAMICS AND LEADERSHIP

4 sh

IDS 1600NATURAL RESOURCES LEARNING: GROUP LEADERSHIP TECHNIQUES

2 sh

LED 2100FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP STUDIES

4 sh

PSY 3210THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP

4 sh

REL 3480/PHL 3480ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

4 sh

SOC 3310THE SELF AND SOCIETY

4 sh

ENG 1225ECODISASTER

4 sh

Students who participate in NOLS, Outward Bound or Semester at Sea can petition the program coordinator for substitution for elective credit(s).

Students will receive no more than 4 semester hours for participation in NOLS, Outward Bound and/or Semester at Sea.

Other courses may be submitted for approval by the program coordinator.

Program Outcomes

Academic Assimilation
Students will:
• learn academic concepts through the use of direct experience;
• connect their experiences during outdoor leadership and educational learning activities with learning in the classroom;
• view issues and concepts from a variety of perspectives.

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills
Students will:
• demonstrate responsibility and respect for themselves and others;
• extend their personal boundaries by making good decisions in challenging themselves;
• reflect upon their experiences and identify personal strengths and weaknesses;
• be effective members of groups (active listening and communication, cooperation/followership, initiative);
• develop their leadership skills and personal leadership style.

Social Awareness and Responsibility
Students will:
• empathize with the needs of others;
• appreciate the value of others and demonstrate social responsibility by making decisions accordingly;
• define their personal ethic and take action in their own lives to support their position.

Outdoor Skills
Students will:
• experience and develop lifelong interests in a variety of physical activities;
• learn specific practices that emphasize proficiency;
• develop the skills required to assess the experiences and make responsible and prudent decisions for themselves and the group;
• have the opportunity to learn hard skills such as belaying, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and/or camping;
• challenge themselves physically, mentally and emotionally while spending time reconnecting with the natural world;
• learn to manage risk on adventure expeditions.

Total Credit Hours: 21-22

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