Adventure Education and Leadership Major – Asbury University
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Adventure Education and Leadership Major Sheet (PDF)

The Adventure Education and Leadership program at Asbury University has a unique approach: developing competent, life and career-ready leaders for and through Adventure Education. Combining technical skills training with theoretical context and real life praxis, our students graduate with more real leadership experience than many people already in jobs.

Emphasis areas in:

  • Therapeutic Wilderness and Adventure Programming
  • Environmental Education and Studies
  • Outdoor Discipleship and Ministry
  • Outdoor Recreation Programming and Administration

If you are more passionate about working outside and getting others outside than sitting in a cubicle, then this major is for you! If gaining lifelong leadership skills applicable in any career path or job is interesting to you, consider our minor.

You can find our graduates directing summer camps, working as field guides in wilderness therapy, ‘repping outdoor gear companies, in outdoor equipment sales, teaching college, working in church ministry, operating experiential and environmental education programs, working as first responders, and many other careers. We also have program alumni in medical professions, law school, with MBA’s and beyond! Leadership skills transfer anywhere.

Come for a visit, meet our faculty, and current students, see our facilities, while capturing a glimpse of how Asbury University and the pursuit of an Adventure Education & Leadership major or minor could fit into the future plans God might have in mind for you!

Key Points:

  • Adventure Education & Leadership is an experiential program designed to combine the theories and practices behind experiential education. Theoretical courses in Experiential Education, Outdoor Education, Stewardship, and Leadership are merged with technical courses in Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Caving, Wilderness Travel, and Wilderness medicine.
  • Students will receive certifications in Wilderness First Responder, Leave no trace instructor, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, Challenge Course Facilitation, and a variety of field experiences including leadership opportunities for outside groups.
  • The essence of the program’s design is learning through experience, giving students opportunities to lead in actual hands-on adventure education and wilderness endeavors. During their study, students will participate in a Faith-based, Integrative, Experiential, Leadership Development (F.I.E.L.D.) semester developed to allow complete immersion in the subject matter. This F.I.E.L.D. Semester centers around the adventure leadership aspect of the major, allowing students to focus on field experience, certification courses, small group dynamics, and technical skills application in outdoor settings across the United States.
  • Students interested in camp ministry, outdoor and guiding professions, wilderness therapy, experiential education, and environmental education would find this major highly beneficial to their pursuits. Additionally, students desiring practical leadership experience should consider this minor as a valuable addition to majors in business, communications and others.
  • For more information please contact Trent Ellsworth, Director, Center for Adventure Leadership, or call (859) 858-3511, x2491.