Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE)

RECREATION AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION (ROE)

   The field of ROE is dedicated to creating opportunities for people to live healthy, engaged, and happy lives. The ROE program at Western State Colorado University is a professional preparation program for individuals seeking career in recreation, outdoor leadership, or outdoor environmental education. This entails providing opportunities and requisite support for students to cultivate knowledge and practical skills in the following areas: leadership and facilitation, pedagogy, written and oral communication, environmental stewardship, philosophy and ethics, critical and creative thinking, program planning and execution, problem solving and resourcefulness, serving different populations, and the ability to manage risk. High value is placed on experiential education, as well as field-based learning through participation in backcountry inter-semester expeditions (generally in January, May, August, and spring break). Excellence in professional preparation is achieved through an interdisciplinary approach, including public and private partnerships, close proximity to recreation facilities and extensive public lands.

   In addition to the traditional competencies expected of all liberal arts students, those majoring in ROE learn how the overall quality of life can be enhanced by the integration of appropriate leisure and educational activities. Students who graduate from the program gain confidence and leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of professional fields. Examples of options include employment with outdoor and environmental education centers, specialty outdoor training schools, municipal parks and recreation departments, social services, land management agencies, recreation and student services in higher education, and commercial guiding operations. Many students pursue graduate degrees, after garnering industry experience, allowing for more professional opportunities.

   To participate in and graduate from the program, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses required of the ROE major. Students whose GPA drops below a 2.5 must repeat the applicable course(s) to raise the major GPA prior to taking additional ROE courses, or obtain permission from the instructor and Program Coordinator to repeat the course(s) while pursuing further coursework.

FACULTY

Professors Mark A. Gibson and M. Brooke Moran;
Senior Lecturers Matthew H. Ebbott; Paul G. M. Tame.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

The 36-credit Recreation and Outdoor Education Core is required for all Recreation and Outdoor Education majors:

Recreation and Outdoor Education Core

ROE 182  Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 189  Principles of Outdoor Recreation

3 cr

ROE 240  Alternative Programming

3 cr

ROE 283  Leadership and Facilitation

3 cr

ROE 351  Inquiry into Sustainability

3 cr

ROE 398  Program Planning (with laboratory)

3 cr

ROE 454  Human Development and Counseling for Outdoor Educators

3 cr

ROE 468  Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Pursuits

3 cr

ROE 490  Recreation Philosophy and Ethics

3 cr

ROE 491  Senior Seminar

3 cr

ROE 499  Internship in Recreation and Outdoor Education

6-9 cr

Medical and work/volunteer hour requirements:

Medical and work/volunteer hour requirements: All Recreation and Outdoor Education majors must obtain a medical competency prior to graduation. Recreation emphasis majors must take ESS 276 Emergency Response or equivalent. Students with an emphasis in Outdoor Environmental Education or Outdoor Leadership must obtain certification as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT). Additionally, all Recreation and Outdoor Education majors must work or volunteer for a total of 600 hours within their chosen area of specialization within four years prior to graduation. The hours need to be garnered from at least two organizations, with no organization counting for more than 400 hours.

Recreation and Outdoor Education Major: Comprehensive Programs

RECREATION EMPHASIS
Recreation consists of 51 credits including the 36-credit Recreation and Outdoor Education Core, First Aid/CPR Competency and the following courses.

Required Supporting Courses:

ESS 282  Principles of Sport and Fitness Management

3 cr

ESS 450  Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

ROE 468  Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Pursuits

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education – Water Based

3 cr

ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education – Snow Based

3 cr

ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education – Land Based

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ESS 382  Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities

3 cr

ROE 466  Facilities Management

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 333  Recreation and Sport Marketing 

3 cr

ROE 364  Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation

3 cr

OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS
A minimum of 69 credits is required, including the 36-credit ROE Core and the courses listed below. Additionally, students must become certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

ROE 230  Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History

3 cr

ROE 235  Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education

3 cr

ROE 320  Leave No Trace Master Educator

1 cr

ROE 391  Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy 

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Water Based

3 cr

ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Snow Based 

3 cr

ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Land Based

3 cr

Required supporting courses:

 

ENVS 100  Introduction to Environmental Studies

3 cr

ENVS 200  Writing in the Environment

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ANTH 320  Cultural Ecology

3 cr

ENVS 350  U.S. and Western Environmental Politics

3 cr

ENVS 360  Global Environmental Politics

3 cr

HIST 350  Environmental History of the Borderlands

3 cr

Eight credits from the following:

 

BIOL 151  Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 110  Habitable Planet (with laboratory)

4 cr

or both:

 

BIOL 130  Environmental Biology

3 cr

BIOL 135  Environmental Biology Laboratory

1 cr

or both:

 

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS
A minimum of 58 credits is required, including the 36-credit ROE Core and the following courses. Additionally, students must 1) become a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and 2) complete at least 100 hours of certification-based or skill-based courses (not including WFR or LNT). 

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Water Based

3 cr

ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Snow Based

3 cr

ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Land Based

3 cr

ROE 320  Leave No Trace Master Educator

1 cr

ROE 391  Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BIOL 130  Environmental Biology

3 cr

ENVS 100  Introduction to Environmental Studies

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 230  Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History

3 cr

ROE 235  Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 333  Recreation and Sport Marketing

3 cr

ROE 364  Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation

3 cr

Recreation and Outdoor Education Minor
The Recreation and Outdoor Education Minor requires a minimum of 18-credits. No more than seven credits of skills courses (e.g., 293, 295, 296, 320) may count toward the minor:

ROE 182  Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 189  Principles of Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 283  Leadership and Facilitation

3 cr

ROE 351  Inquiry into Sustainability

3 cr

Recreation and Outdoor Education electives

6 cr

Capstone Course Requirement: The following courses in the Recreation and Outdoor Education Major fulfill the capstone course requirements: ROE 499 Internship in Recreation and Outdoor Education.