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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Ben Bishop

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2012

Ben Bishop, an outdoor and action sports filmmaker and photographer who received SNC’s first degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, is a veteran world traveler who frequently clocks six months straight in places like China, Japan, Alaska, Canada, and Utah, but he says, “I don’t think I would be anywhere if it weren’t for SNC. I don’t think I could have gone to any other college and said, I’m really interested in this outdoor realm, and have them formulate a program.” . . . Read More

Jennifer Sheridan

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2013

Jenn Sheridan has leveraged her experience in ODAL and Journalism into a career which encompasses both her passions. Working on the Eagles's Eye taught her the newsroom skills she uses as the associate editor at the Tahoe Weekly. As manager of an international team of ambassadors for Coalition Snow, her ODAL training has been invaluable keeping her Coalition Snow ambassadors organized, safe, and informed during their travels and adventures. . . . 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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