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 Art | Creative Writing | Digital Arts | English | Entrepreneurship | Environmental Science | Journalism | Psychology | Ski Business & Resort Management |

This is NOT your ordinary college major.

Discover the best outdoor adventure leadership major – at the best outdoor college.

Outdoor

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.

Adventure

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”.

Leadership

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.
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Explore innovative ideas to make a concrete contribution. SNC’s location as one of the best outdoor colleges provides plenty of opportunities.

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, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies major, carries camera while traveling

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

Jeff Reiffers

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science

Class of 2013

It was hard for me to find the right place to go to school. I attended five community colleges, and traveled the world trying to find my niche. Sierra Nevada College seems like it was made for me. I can pursue my passions of rock climbing, skiing, and backpacking, while obtaining a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science. . . . Read More


Ask A Question

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
rhackett@sierranevada.edu
775-831-1314 x7499

Katherine Zanto
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair
kzanto@sierranevada.edu
775-881-7529

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