Outdoor Skills and Leadership Certificate
The certificate is a nine month intensive humanities program designed to develop skills and characteristics that are essential to success as an individual, a group member, and a leader in outdoor and adventure settings. The program incorporates outdoor risk management, leadership skills, specific outdoor activity skills (such as rock and ice climbing, kayaking, skiing, camping), and academic work in areas such as Alaska history, science, philosophy, and communication. Both outdoor and academic courses are designed to develop not only knowledge but also personal traits such as self-reliance and good judgment. The curriculum includes 34 credits of course work and practical learning experiences. Individuals who complete the program will have the knowledge and skills to plan and manage a variety of outdoor experiences and will be well qualified for entry level positions in the outdoor industry. The Outdoor Skills and Leadership program offers courses in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
Please see the section titled "Additional Program Requirements: Outdoor Studies" on our Admissions page for specific application and admission requirements.
|Minimum Credit Hours||34|
Students must complete WRTG S111 with a C (2.00) or higher or place into WRTG S111 to complete this program. Students should note that they are only allowed to take courses for which they meet the prerequisites.
|ODS S120||Wilderness First Responder||4|
|ODS S243||Outdoor Studies and Leadership||3|
|ODS S245||Outdoor Studies Expedition I||3-4|
|ODS S372||Mountain Studies: Philosophy, Literature, and Practice||4|
|ODS S373||Ocean Studies: Images of the Environment||4|
|Related academic courses|
|Select six credits of the following:||6|
|Literature and the Environment|
|Alaska: A Contested Geography|
|Sport, Leisure, and Culture|
|Perspectives on the Natural World|
|Select 10 credits of the following:||10|
|Backpacking in Southeast Alaska|
|Winter Backpacking in Southeast Alaska|
|Introduction to Rock Climbing|
|Introduction to Ice Climbing|
|Avalanche Evaluation and Theory I|
|Introduction to Sea Kayaking|
|Introduction to Swiftwater Travel|
|Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding|
|Rock Climbing Level II|
|Ice Climbing Level II|
|Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II|
|Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals|
|Expedition Sea Kayaking 1|
May be repeated for up to 3 credits.