Harding University

April 4, 2013

New minor offered for fall 2013

A new minor is being implemented into Harding’s catalog starting fall 2013. Outdoor recreation leadership is an 18-hour minor that will be able to coincide with any major offered on campus.

“We started talking about this new minor about a year ago,” Professor of Kinesiology and Department Chair Stephen Burks said. “We were trying to come up with something that would be attractive to the students and could benefit our sports recreation management degree.” 

This track will help students with technical and interpersonal skills as well as provide strong leadership tactics. The classes focus on outdoor expeditions that encourage personal growth individually as well as in a group.

“There are a couple of majors we were thinking of when developing this minor — Bible, counseling and psychology,” Burks said. “This is geared toward majors that work with groups of people.”

A wide range of basic skills will be covered along with group sustainability activities. Some new classes will be taught in a non-traditional way as well. Classes like spelunking will meet for eight weeks with field trips and weekend activities. The eight-week long classes will stand for one hour of credit.

Some of the new classes offered are challenge course facilitation, outdoor living skills, backpacking and orienteering, winter sports and canoeing/kayaking.