At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:
- Synthesize an understanding of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of outdoor leadership through careful research and critical thinking skills, evidenced through research papers, presentations, and insightful classroom discussions
- Apply various models of leadership, teaching, and facilitation skills related to decision-making, judgment, leadership styles, and instructional design through practical application
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in a variety of outdoor skills through an ability to perform these skills and plan expeditions with an awareness of environmental impact and the appropriate management of physical and emotional risk.
"Life-changing both professionally and personally."
- Jessica Kenning, Class of 2012
"ODLE is a lot more than just playing outside. It will challenge you as a person in your faith, leadership, and intellect. My ODLE classes were often the most demanding academically. In many ways it is a conglomeration of majors--education, business, psychology, leadership, philosophy, theology, and ethics. You will learn so much about life and yourself and have lots of fun in the process!"
- Melody Board, class of 2012
"It is incredibly valuable… I learned more about myself and about loving life. I’ve become more confident in myself and truly a better person because of this major."
- Christina (Coleman) Madj, Class of 2012
"It provides an opportunity for students to experience a very holistic major, which focuses on personal growth in mind, body, and soul within the context of community."
- Ruth Jones, class of 2013