- 10 credit hours in electives must be completed
- Elective courses include but are not limited to the following
- Other courses may be used in the elective category as approved by a program Adviser - Up to 4 credits
HPW 355/ENVI 300F Outdoor Leadership
This outdoor leadership course the introductory course for the minor and is a prerequisite for the Trip Leader Training course. It is designed for students with an interest in organizing and leading outdoor trips. Topics covered include basic wilderness survival, navigation skills, route planning, hazard awareness, group dynamics, communication and leadership techniques, food rationing and outdoor cooking, emergency procedures, and Leave-No-Trace skills. Students will participate in both classroom and wilderness settings, including a weekend trip to apply knowledge. This is a prerequisite for HPW 311 Trip Leader Training. 2 Credit Hours. Course fee required—see Web Advisor for course details.
HPW 300P Wilderness Education
This is a field-based expedition-style course designed to run for the entirety of the May Term. The course will begin with a week of classroom work in preparation for the expedition. The expedition will take place in different areas of the Intermountain West and the Colorado Plateau - the field session will last approximately two weeks. The last week of the course will directly follow the field portion and will consist of debriefing, reflection, writing, and assessment. This intensive course will support the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor by allowing students to apply, practice, and develop the outdoor, leadership, and foundational knowledge they have gained in other related courses. Course objectives: - Application of theory, research, and foundational knowledge of outdoor education and leadership in a field setting - Mastery of relevant outdoor skills such as camping, basic rock climbing, and paddling - Understanding of leadership and group dynamics on a deeper level and development of effective judgment, decision making, communication, and self-awareness through experiential opportunities Required prior courses: Outdoor Leadership and/or Outdoor Trip Leader Training; Recommended Course: Foundations of Outdoor and Experiential Education, Outdoor Skills Courses. Priority for enrollment will be given to students taking the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor. 4 Skills or Elective Credit Hours. This course involves additional time commitments for an outdoor trip. 2 Credit Hours. Course fee required—see Web Advisor for course details.
GNDR 300MM / HPW 300V Gender & Leadership
In this course students will explore historical and current issues related to gender and leadership. Today's leadership climate has improved to some degree for women; however, women are still underrepresented in higher leadership positions. This course will analyze the role gender plays and what factors or barriers are in place that account for this inequity. Topics include an examination of leadership in varied contexts, e.g. higher education, outdoor experiential education, politics, and the corporate world; how the gender binary/continuum influences our conception of leadership; leadership and feminist theory; intersectionality; and an introduction to current research on gender and leadership. Students will explore leadership from a personal and political perspective. They will critically think about their own definitions of and experiences with leadership and deconstruct how gender has influenced their views. Stemming from a critical and feminist perspective, students will explore how leadership can be more inclusive, participatory, and egalitarian in our society. 2 elective credits.
HPW 156 Exploring Wasatch Mountain Paths
Students will utilize the power of nature to explore their inner selves through hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Hikes and snowshoeing will include paths to a variety of lakes or peaks, generally gaining 2,000 vertical feet over 3 miles, and cross-country skiing will take place at several different venues. Our mountain journeys will focus on increasing overall well-being—physical, mental, psychological and spiritual—through meeting the physical challenge in these inspirational settings. 2 elective credit hours.
HPW 335 Intro to Adventure Therapy
Explore the core concepts of adventure therapy through experiential activities, experience facets of Adventure Therapy through group process. Integrating research and best practices in the field of Adventure Therapy. Understanding the relevance to the field of psychology and mental health. Apply course concepts in-class and during final assessment experience. Course Structure: Each week the class will explore at least one core concept of and its application in Adventure Therapy. Class participants will be expected to participate in both in-class experiences as well as off campus experiences throughout the semester. 2 Credit Hours
HPW 300W Desert Writing
The primary goal of Desert Writing is to write outside the boundaries of the classroom, dorm room, and city in order to (hopefully) write outside the boundaries of the mind. Students will be given writing prompts and exercises while traveling in the stark red rock desert and the jagged Wasatch mountains to spark creativity and form innovative connections, ideas, and perspectives that might not have formed in the familiar environment of a dorm room or a classroom. Students interested in all forms of creative writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.) are welcome to work in the form of their choice. Students are encouraged to write about anything; they do not need to locate their writing in the outdoors. Students need not have any previous experience writing or camping. While in the wilderness, the course will also focus on the nuts-and-bolts of outdoor living and outdoor leadership, including camping, cooking, map & compass, orienteering, hiking, preparation, LNT, leadership styles, group dynamics, and decision-making. The secondary goal of this course is to hone craft-based creative writing skills (dialogue, imagery, structure, etc.). While most outdoor writing sessions will be devoted to creating new material, most classroom sessions will be devoted to workshop, lessons on craft, and revision, with the intention of revising a piece to turn in at the end of the semester. 2 Credit Hours. This course involves additional time commitments for an outdoor trip. 2 Credit Hours. Course fee required—see Web Advisor for course details.
HPW 300 Outdoor Skills Courses
Choose from Indoor Rock Climbing, Winter Camping, Ice Climbing, Advanced Indoor Climbing, Ladies Only Indoor Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing, Level I Avalanche Awareness, Wilderness First Responder, Intro to Backcountry Skiing, or other skills based certifications, training with the American Mountain Guide Association or National Outdoor Leadership School or other trainings/certifications by approval. Credit hours vary. See Outdoor Skills Courses page for details—you may not use skills courses for all of your elective credits.
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
Students examine, integrate, and apply principles of learning of learning and developmental theories to classroom environments. Includes related behaviorist, cognitive, and developmental theorists. Prerequisites: PSYC 105. 3 Credit Hours
EDUC 313 Adult Learning Theory
Explores adult learning theory and research and their applications to learning situations. Includes discussion of social, institutional, and other contextual factors that affect learning, as well as individual characteristics of adults such as developmental phases, cognitive abilities, learning styles, motivations and emotions. 3 Credit Hours
EDUC 205 Service Learning
Students will learn about the process of service learning as a means of understanding the connection between their field of endeavor and the diverse needs of their community. To further understand these needs, students will spend a minimum of eight hours providing service to individuals or agencies. Students will make connections between their own field and community service through in class activities and personal reflection.
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics
An examination of moral issues resulting from human use of the natural environment. Focuses on future responsibility as it results from action in the present, an examination of traditional secular and religious conceptions of morality which may have contributed to the "environmental crisis," and a consideration of alternative views such as zoocentrism, biocentrism, ecocentrism, ecofeminism, the "land ethic," and ecojustice. Prerequisite: PHIL 102. 4 Credit Hours
MGMT 205 Leadership Development
This course provides an intellectual and analytical examination of the core issues in the practice of leadership. Students will examine these issues of leadership within the Westminster College and local community environments. The course will contain a mix of theory and practice, and students will use an experiential, applied instructional approach. Discussion, exercises, self-analysis, and skill practice will be the primary learning methods used in the course. Co-requisite: PSYC 105 or INTR 100. Offered Fall semester. 2 Credit Hours
MGMT 305 Principles of Management
Examines the concepts and influences operating in business organizations, the functions of managers in that setting, and the managerial role in non-business organizations. Emphasizes historical foundations of management and principles of management theory and how theory is practiced. Contemporary examples are used to illustrate/demonstrate fundamental precepts. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. This is a writing intensive course. Business writing will be emphasized and several significant written performance tasks will be required. Prerequisite: MATH 141. 4 Credit Hours
MGMT 430 The Nonprofit Organization
The course provides an overview of the history, development, role, auspices, organization, strategies, and purposes of nonprofit organizations world-wide. Emphasis is placed on structure, planning, policies, organizational leadership/management, governance, stewardship, resource development, community building, advocacy, volunteer services, and problems that face nonprofits. The course addresses social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. As a capstone for the Arts Administration major, it is highly integrative and includes a comprehensive strategic project. 4 Credit Hours
PHIL 206 Introduction to Ethics
Moral philosophy from ancient to recent times. Explores problems involving value judgments, personal freedom and moral responsibility, and the application of philosophy to personal decision making and to current issues in such areas as law, business, and biomedicine. Students learn to refine and justify their own views orally and in writing. Some sections are offered as part of a Learning Community or as a Diversity section. 3 Credit Hours
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics & Policy
Focuses on continuity and change in the politics of environmentalism within the United States. Includes an in-depth look at the Environmental Protection Agency as a means of examining institutional and public policy activities in the environmental arena, an overview of environmental legislation, and a consideration of pollution prevention strategies. 4 Credit Hours
PUBH 320 Environmental Health
This course will cover health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems. Prerequisites: PUBH 305. 4 Credit Hours
ANTH 477 Environmental Anthropology
Looks at the environment from a bio-cultural perspective, exploring the interconnections of the social, biotic and natural environments. Prehistoric, historic and present day cross-cultural evidence is examined to understand how social categories such as class, ethnicity, gender and religion shape human activity, which in turn affects other species and the physical environment. These relationships cause environmental change leading to a further shaping of human society. Specific issues are addressed, such as how ideas about the environment differ in different cultures and are related to power relations affecting the use of the environment, or the impact of the changing environment on human diseases. Ecotourism and the environmental movement are other topics of interest. Students work in groups to apply policy solutions to environmental problems. They also work to identify and carry out an individual research project on a particular environmental area of interest, making use of anthropological methods and theory. 4 Credit Hours