Outdoor Leadership

Students cross the Buffalo National River during a course backpacking trip.

Students cross the Buffalo National River. Photo by Lily Eisold, ODLR Student

Undergraduate Minor: Outdoor Leadership

The outdoor leadership field is a dynamic force in terms of jobs, economic development, and highly sought after lifestyles. Students can prepare for a career as an outdoor professional by developing the skills they need through an Outdoor Leadership minor. Students in the minor can earn professional certifications, gain a variety of skills through field-based experiences, and hone their leadership competencies.

Students must review an Acknowledgement of Requirements (AOR) form upon declaring the minor; contact the department for details.  

Our Program: Clear Requirements with Great Outcomes

Outdoor Leadership Minor Requirements — 15 hours of study

Courses Required

  • RESM 1023 — Foundations of Outdoor Leadership
  • RESM 1032 — Outdoor Living Skills (requires overnight trip)
  • RESM 3043 — Natural Resources & Outdoor Ethics (requires overnight trip)
  • RESM 4023 — Applied Outdoor Adventure Leadership (requires 5-6 day overnight trip)

Plus 4 credit hours in skill-based courses:

  • RESM 1051 - Rock climbing I
  • RESM 1061 - Rock climbing II
  • RESM 1071 - Introduction to mountain biking
  • RESM 1081 - Advanced mountain biking
  • RESM 1091 - Introduction to bike mechanics
  • RESM 1131 - Introduction to bikepacking
  • RESM 1121 - Trail stewardship and maintenance 
  • RESM 1041 - Social issues in the outdoor industry
  • RESM 1101 - Wilderness first aid
  • RESM 2011 - Recreation and sport practicum (may be repeated for up to two credits)
  • And others

Certifications Students Can Receive

Jobs Students Will Be Prepared For

  • Adventure guide
  • Bike technician
  • Outdoor educator
  • Camp director
  • Outdoor retail specialist
  • Outdoor product and service development
  • Land management agencies (NPS, USFS, BLM, FWS, COE and state parks)
  • Park/trail design and development
  • Many other adventure-forward careers

Interested? Contact

Mike Hoover, Ed.D.
Clinical Instructor, Outdoor Leadership
University of Arkansas

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A bikepacking student rides their bike on the Fayetteville Traverse trail.

Student rides their mountain bike during a bikepacking course. Photo by Blk Elk Media