Imagine yourself touring the world’s wildest destinations for a living. This 21-credit minor stamps your passport as a leader of journeys that respect the earth and its diverse and beautiful cultures.
Ecotourism – Make a Difference Through Travel
Coursework in Ecotourism Minor
- World Ecotourism Destinations and Cultures
- Foundations of Ecotourism
- Interpreting Culture and Nature
- Issues in Sustainable and Ecotourism
- Conservation Biology
- Recreation Administration
Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities
The essence of Recreation Leadership lends itself to learning through experience. While you learn the principles and skills of the field, you will discover and develop life-long recreational pursuits that ultimately become an integral part of your career. It is from this passion that leadership springs. From leading activities with youth to developing and implementing special events to crafting a business plan for a recreation or ecotourism business, leadership is a major focus of the curriculum.
You will develop and hone your leadership through the following experiences:
You have a unique opportunity to develop and hone your outdoor leadership skills by organizing and leading adventure programs for the campus community. As a student leader, you will organize and lead winter sports, rock climbing, caving, canoeing, backpacking, and kayaking trips.
Through your coursework, you are constantly involved with events and programs on campus and in the community. Examples include the Blue Ridge Folk Life Festival, disc golf tournaments, and Panther Productions events. Also, the Recreation Club provides a variety of leadership development opportunities.
All students are required to participate in at least one E-term. During these intensive three-week courses, faculty guides you in the exploration of a topic through direct and dynamic interaction with the content. Recreation Leadership and Ecotourism E-term course destinations include Alaska, Costa Rica, and Peru, as well as the James River in Virginia with new destinations, developed continuously (ECT 371 and REC 372)
The internship is an important component of your journey toward professionalism and is frequently considered one of the most rewarding college experiences. Typically completed the summer between the junior and senior year, internships enhance student learning by putting theories and concepts into practice with hands-on experience under the direction of a professional.
- Camp Director
- College Outdoor Program Director
- Community Rec Director
- Ecotourism Provider
- Natural Historic Resource Interpreter
- Nature Center Director
- Outdoor Adventure Guide
- Outdoor Recreation Specialists
- Park Ranger
- Game Warden
- Park Planner
- Recreation Programmer
- Ropes Course Manager
- Travel Consultant
- YMCA Director