Mission: The mission of the Fairmont State Outdoor Recreation Leadership Minor is to prepare reflective and responsive facilitator/educator's who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help all participants learn and develop. Our program strives to provide quality learning, facilitation, and teaching opportunities through classroom, outdoor and experiential settings and activities. Our programs allow students to develop leadership skills, strong interpersonal connections, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of place within Fairmont State University and the state of West Virginia. Intrinsic to this, we support the mission of Fairmont State University and the department of Health and Human Performance through our commitment to health and wellness, personal growth, social responsibility, active citizenship, and lifelong learning.
The Outdoor Recreation Leadership minor prepares students for professional opportunities in the field of outdoor recreation, and is designed to complement a major taken in another field. Course work is focused on leadership training and lifelong physical activity through experiential learning. Students engage in a combination of classroom and field-based coursework to develop technical skills, theoretical knowledge, leadership and teaching ability needed for successful practice as professionals. Students have the opportunity to learn to organize, lead, and manage people, programs and events in a variety of outdoor recreation settings.
One of the great values of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership (ORL) Minor is that it enhances employability in other fields. Here are a few examples of students who might be interested in the minor: