Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Outdoor Leadership
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The Outdoor Leadership Program at Springfield College provides students with a unique mix of outdoor leadership, adventure education, outdoor recreation and environmental education concepts. The core curriculum includes four distinct categories: Leadership Training, Environmental Knowledge, Skill Development & Fieldwork, and Recreation Management. Students in the program examine pedagogy, philosophical theory, hard and soft skill development, communication and interpretive skills, managerial skills, field experience and gain direct face-to- face leadership experience.
Springfield College also manages an outdoor education center, located on East Campus. Students learn in an urban wilderness setting. testing formulas for spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth. Students may also elect to attend training sessions promoted by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound. Limited college credit for NOLS, study abroad, or outdoor expeditions may be arranged to supplement the student’s academic program and professional development.
If students opt for an additional semester to satisfy the program’s internship requirement, additional tuition charges will apply.
For more information about the Outdoor Leadership major, contact Dr. Matthew J. Pantera, chairperson of the Sport Management and Recreation department, at (413) 748-3693 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. For specific requirements, see the General Education Program section or the Program Checksheet for this major.
III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)
Program and Advanced Standing Requirements
Outdoor Leadership majors must qualify for advanced standing in order to register for the third and fourth year sequences of required courses (including Pre-Practicum and Internship). To qualify for advanced standing, the student must meet the following standards by the conclusion of his or her sophomore year.
- The student’s overall cumulative grade point index must meet or exceed a 2.50 GPA.
- Proper professional and responsible behavior is expected of each recreation management student. This includes behaviorwhile a student (on- and off-campus) and as a member of the college community.
After achieving the minimum GPA, the student must maintain those standards through the remainder of the program. If the student fails to meet or maintain those standards, the faculty will review the student’s record and recommend departmental probation (with appropriate prescription to overcome the deficiency) or dismissal from the program.