- Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in all courses required for the Minor.
- Up to 4 credits can count toward a student's major and minor.
- Westminster College requires all participants of activity-based classes and trips to carry personal health insurance. In case of accident, injury or illness your personal health insurance will be the primary provider with Westminster college insurance as secondary if necessary.
Required Core Courses
EDUC 300FF/HPW 305 - Foundations of Outdoor and Experiential EducationCourse fee required - see Web Advisor for course details.
This course provides an introduction to and broad overview of experiential education and the sub-disciplines of outdoor adventure-based education. We will examine the history, philosophy, and ethics involved in these educational approaches. In addition, we will identify various mechanisms and strategies which contribute to student learning in the above contexts. We will specifically focus on the experiential learning cycle, constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, and understanding the nature of effective instruction in outdoor and adventure-based settings. 3 Credit Hours.
HPW 311 - Outdoor Trip Leader TrainingCourse fee required - see Web Advisor for course details.
HPW 355: Outdoor Leadership is a pre-requisite for this course. Students in this class will gain professional outdoor leadership training and may potentially work as trip leaders for Westminster's Outdoor Program. Students must have the desire and commitment to learn the required outdoor skills and participate fully in the course. Students will learn and practice the leadership, communication, group management, and risk management skills necessary to successfully lead others in the wilderness. This will include knowledge of emergency procedures. Certifications such as Wilderness First Responder and/or other skill types such as avalanche and rock climbing certifications will also be required. This course involves additional time commitments for an outdoor trip. 2 Credit Hours.
HPW 300 - Outdoor Skills Courses (2 credits for core requirements)See Outdoor Skills Courses page for details.
Choose from Indoor Rock Climbing, Advanced Indoor Climbing, Ladies Only Indoor Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing, Level I Avalanche Awareness, Wilderness First Responder, Intro to Backcountry Skiing, or other skills based certifications, training with the American Mountain Guide Association or National Outdoor Leadership School or other trainings/certifications by approval. 2 Credit Hours Required.
HPW 410 - Seminar in Outdoor Education & Leadership3 Credit Hours
This is the capstone course for the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor. We will explore historical and theoretical foundations of Outdoor Education and Leadership as well as current issues and trends in the field. Topics will include Outdoor Education and Leadership as it applies to society (both local and global), public land management (federal, state, and local), ethics (environmental and virtue-based,) practical application of research, opportunities for further education in the field, and career opportunities. During the course, students will identify their individual context for Outdoor Education and Leadership. They will research that particular area, write a literature review, and then present their personal professional philosophy and how they plan to contribute to the field based on their career goals and education thus far.
10 Credit Hours in Elective Courses
- Elective courses include but are not limited to the following
- Other courses may be used in the elective category as approved by a program Advisor - Up to 4 credits
HPW 355/ENVI 300F - Outdoor Leadership
This outdoor leadership course the introductory course for the minor and is a pre-requisite for the Trip Leader Training course. It is designed for students with an interest in organizing and leading outdoor trips. Topics covered include basic wilderness survival, navigation skills, route planning, hazard awareness, group dynamics, communication and leadership techniques, food rationing and outdoor cooking, emergency procedures, and Leave-No-Trace skills. Students will participate in both classroom and wilderness settings, including a weekend trip to apply knowledge. This is a pre-requisite for HPW 311 Trip Teader Training. 2 Credit Hours. Course fee required - see Web Advisor for course details.
HPW 300P - Wilderness EducationCourse fee required - see Web Advisor for course details.
This is a field-based expedition-style course designed to run for the entirety of the May Term. The course will begin with a week of classroom work in preparation for the expedition. The expedition will take place in different areas of the Intermountain West and the Colorado Plateau - the field session will last approximately two weeks. The last week of the course will directly follow the field portion and will consist of debriefing, reflection, writing, and assessment. This intensive course will support the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor by allowing students to apply, practice, and develop the outdoor, leadership, and foundational knowledge they have gained in other related courses. Course objectives: - Application of theory, research, and foundational knowledge of outdoor education and leadership in a field setting - Mastery of relevant outdoor skills such as camping, basic rock climbing, and paddling - Understanding of leadership and group dynamics on a deeper level and development of effective judgment, decision making, communication, and self-awareness through experiential opportunities Required prior courses: Outdoor Leadership and/or Outdoor Trip Leader Training; Recommended Course: Foundations of Outdoor and Experiential Education, Outdoor Skills Courses. Priority for enrollment will be given to students taking the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor. 4 Skills or Elective Credit Hours. This course involves additional time commitments for an outdoor trip. 2 Credit Hours.
HPW 335 - Intro to Adventure Therapy
Explore the core concepts of adventure therapy through experiential activities, experience facets of Adventure Therapy through group process. Integrating research and best practices in the field of Adventure Therapy. Understanding the relevance to the field of psychology and mental health. Apply course concepts in-class and during final assessment experience. Course Structure: Each week the class will explore at least one core concept of and its application in Adventure Therapy. Class participants will be expected to participate in both in-class experiences as well as off campus experiences throughout the semester. 2 Credit Hours
HPW 300W - Desert WritingCourse fee required - see Web Advisor for course details.
The primary goal of Desert Writing is to write outside the boundaries of the classroom, dorm room, and city in order to (hopefully) write outside the boundaries of the mind. Students will be given writing prompts and exercises while traveling in the stark red rock desert and the jagged Wasatch mountains to spark creativity and form innovative connections, ideas, and perspectives that might not have formed in the familiar environment of a dorm room or a classroom. Students interested in all forms of creative writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.) are welcome to work in the form of their choice. Students are encouraged to write about anything; they do not need to locate their writing in the outdoors. Students need not have any previous experience writing or camping. While in the wilderness, the course will also focus on the nuts-and-bolts of outdoor living and outdoor leadership, including camping, cooking, map & compass, orienteering, hiking, preparation, LNT, leadership styles, group dynamics, and decision-making. The secondary goal of this course is to hone craft-based creative writing skills (dialogue, imagery, structure, etc.). While most outdoor writing sessions will be devoted to creating new material, most classroom sessions will be devoted to workshop, lessons on craft, and revision, with the intention of revising a piece to turn in at the end of the semester. Course objectives: . Break creative boundaries through writing creatively and living outside the boundaries of classroom, school, and dorm . Demonstrate leadership and decision-making skills, learn about leadership styles and group dynamics . Learn to camp, cook, and live comfortably outside . Demonstrate map & compass skills . Explore the desert and mountains . Build relationships . Build trust both in a wilderness setting and in a workshop setting . Verbally exchange positive and constructive feedback on leadership skills and creative work . Participate in freewriting, writing prompts, and writing exercises . Read literature both inside and outside of class . Think critically and discuss literature in the context of changing environments - classroom, mountains, desert . Write consistently outside of class . Produce a revised piece of writing. 2 Credit Hours. This course involves additional time commitments for an outdoor trip. 2 Credit Hours.
HPW 300 - Outdoor Skills Courses
Choose from Indoor Rock Climbing, Winter Camping, Ice Climbing, Advanced Indoor Climbing, Ladies Only Indoor Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing, Level I Avalanche Awareness, Wilderness First Responder, Intro to Backcountry Skiing, or other skills based certifications, training with the American Mountain Guide Association or National Outdoor Leadership School or other trainings/certifications by approval. Credit hours vary. See Outdoor Skills Courses page for details - you may not use skills courses for all of your elective credits.
EDUC 315 - Learning Theory
Students examine, integrate, and apply principles of learning of learning and developmental theories to classroom environments. Includes related behaviorist, cognitive, and developmental theorists. Prerequisites: PSYC 105. 3 Credit Hours
EDUC 313 - Adult Learning Theory
Explores adult learning theory and research and their applications to learning situations. Includes discussion of social, institutional, and other contextual factors that affect learning, as well as individual characteristics of adults such as developmental phases, cognitive abilities, learning styles, motivations and emotions. 3 Credit Hours
EDUC 205 - Service Learning
Students will learn about the process of service learning as a means of understanding the connection between their field of endeavor and the diverse needs of their community. To further understand these needs, students will spend a minimum of eight hours providing service to individuals or agencies. Students will make connections between their own field and community service through in class activities and personal reflection.
PHIL 307 - Environmental Ethics
An examination of moral issues resulting from human use of the natural environment. Focuses on future responsibility as it results from action in the present, an examination of traditional secular and religious conceptions of morality which may have contributed to the "environmental crisis," and a consideration of alternative views such as zoocentrism, biocentrism, ecocentrism, ecofeminism, the "land ethic," and ecojustice. Prerequisite: PHIL 102. 4 Credit Hours
MGMT 205 - Leadership Development
This course provides an intellectual and analytical examination of the core issues in the practice of leadership. Students will examine these issues of leadership within the Westminster College and local community environments. The course will contain a mix of theory and practice, and students will use an experiential, applied instructional approach. Discussion, exercises, self-analysis, and skill practice will be the primary learning methods used in the course. Co-requisite: PSYC 105 or INTR 100. Offered Fall semester. 2 Credit Hours
MGMT 305 - Principles of Management
Examines the concepts and influences operating in business organizations, the functions of managers in that setting, and the managerial role in non-business organizations. Emphasizes historical foundations of management and principles of management theory and how theory is practiced. Contemporary examples are used to illustrate/demonstrate fundamental precepts. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. This is a writing intensive course. Business writing will be emphasized and several significant written performance tasks will be required. Prerequisite: MATH 141. 4 Credit Hours
MGMT 430 - The Nonprofit Organization
The course provides an overview of the history, development, role, auspices, organization, strategies, and purposes of nonprofit organizations world-wide. Emphasis is placed on structure, planning, policies, organizational leadership/management, governance, stewardship, resource development, community building, advocacy, volunteer services, and problems that face nonprofits. The course addresses social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. As a capstone for the Arts Administration major, it is highly integrative and includes a comprehensive strategic project. 4 Credit Hours
PHIL 206 - Introduction to Ethics
Moral philosophy from ancient to recent times. Explores problems involving value judgments, personal freedom and moral responsibility, and the application of philosophy to personal decision making and to current issues in such areas as law, business, and biomedicine. Students learn to refine and justify their own views orally and in writing. Some sections are offered as part of a Learning Community or as a Diversity section. 3 Credit Hours
PLSC 327 - Environmental Politics & Policy
Focuses on continuity and change in the politics of environmentalism within the United States. Includes an in-depth look at the Environmental Protection Agency as a means of examining institutional and public policy activities in the environmental arena, an overview of environmental legislation, and a consideration of pollution prevention strategies. 4 Credit Hours
PUBH 320 - Environmental Health
This course will cover health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems. Prerequisites: PUBH 305. 4 Credit Hours
ANTH 377 - Environmental Anthropology
Looks at the environment from a bio-cultural perspective, exploring the interconnections of the social, biotic and natural environments. Prehistoric, historic and present day cross-cultural evidence is examined to understand how social categories such as class, ethnicity, gender and religion shape human activity, which in turn affects other species and the physical environment. These relationships cause environmental change leading to a further shaping of human society. Specific issues are addressed, such as how ideas about the environment differ in different cultures and are related to power relations affecting the use of the environment, or the impact of the changing environment on human diseases. Ecotourism and the environmental movement are other topics of interest. Students work in groups to apply policy solutions to environmental problems. They also work to identify and carry out an individual research project on a particular environmental area of interest, making use of anthropological methods and theory. 4 Credit Hours