Learn to lead
in the outdoor laboratory of the majestic Sierra Nevada

Outdoor Adventure Leadership

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership

and choose from  Environmental Science | Ski Business & Resort Management | Entrepreneurship | Psychology | Art | Journalism | Creative Writing | English |

NOT your typical college major.


Experience the excitement and variety of the natural world, at one of the best outdoor colleges – and in one of the most spectacular places – on the continent.


Navigate snow-covered terrain, cook a gourmet backcountry meal, debate land ethics, climb a granite wall, guide a raft through a river gorge, relocate a dislocated shoulder – and “leave no trace”.


Grit. Perseverance. Resourcefulness. These are the skills you will hone in the wild, and rely on for the rest of your life!

Make a difference

Get a broader perspective. Integrate your field experience, academic studies, and leadership skills with a community project in your service learning and senior portfolio classes.

Explore innovative ideas to make a concrete contribution to SNC and beyond.

Gain professional experience working with non-profits, building your own business plans, organizing events, developing curriculum, teaching, and finding your own solutions.

Our Students Say It Best . . .

. . . Follow Their Adventures!

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Chase Cohee

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Ski Business and Resort Management

Class of 2012

Today I ski, love life, love my family, and strive to do everything that opens my eyes wide and makes me smile. . . . Read More

Jason Paladino

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2012

While still in grad school at the the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Jason Paladino began an in-depth investigation into safety issues on U.S. Navy aircraft which led to a prestigious Investigative Reporting Program fellowship, three NBC Nightly News broadcasts (Feb 3 2015, Oct 5 2015, and Oct 9 2015), and a piece on the IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Radio Podcast. . . . Read More

Ask A Question

Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.
A Minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership is also available through Interdisciplinary Studies. Consult your advisor.

Rosie Hackett
Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program Director
775-831-1314 x7499

Katherine Zanto
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair

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