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Recreation and Outdoor Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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  • Recreation & Outdoor Education is a professional preparation program for individuals seeking a career in recreation, outdoor leadership or outdoor environmental education. High value is placed on experiential education, as well as field-based learning through participation in backcountry inter-semester expeditions.
  • The Recreation Management emphasis immerses students in applied and service-learning courses, learning the skills necessary to develop recreation programming in many environments.
  • The Outdoor Environmental Education emphasis is for students who want to teach and lead education programs in environmental and experiential education. 
  • The Outdoor Leadership emphasis exposes students to expeditions, leadership challenges, risk management scenarios and therapeutic recreation in preparation to guide and facilitate adventure programming.
  • The Environmental Management emphasis is for students who intend to enroll in the Master in Environmental Management 3+2 program. All students work or volunteer in their area of specialization for 600 hours over four years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education 
  • Principles of Outdoor Education 
  • Alternative Programming 
  • Leadership and Facilitation 
  • Inquiry into Sustainability 
  • Program Planning (with laboratory) 
  • Human Development and Counseling for Outdoor Educators 
  • Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Pursuits 
  • Recreation Philosophy and Ethics 
  • Senior Seminar 
  • Internship in Recreation and Outdoor Education 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete Western’s Online Application or the Common Application.
  • Request your official high school transcript to be sent to Western.
  • Request your official ACT and/or SAT test scores to be sent to Western.
  • Submit the $50 application fee.
  • A personal statement; Letter(s) of recommendation; A resume.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6624 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gunnison

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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