Recreation Leadership Minor

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Degree Overview

All students interested in developing their abilities to lead, facilitate, program, instruct, and manage risk are encouraged to complete a minor in recreation leadership studies during their time at Calvin University. Students selecting the recreation leadership minor will experience the Calvin campus as a learning lab. Along with on-campus courses, students travel well beyond the traditional classroom setting, exploring the rich and powerful experiential context of national and global field courses, community-based internships, adventure programming, and/or wilderness-based learning contexts. Recreation leadership minors will develop proficiency in a highly transferable leader skill sets; group facilitation, instruction, programming, risk management, development of teams, management of group dynamics, conflict management and resolution, and development of individual self-efficacy.

Program Requirements & Opportunities

  • Overview

    The recreation leadership minor exists to empower Calvin students to:

    • Develop a philosophy of leadership based in virtue ethics and distinct Christian perspectives.
    • Understand the transformative impact of good leadership in the lives of individuals and groups.
    • Create a servant leadership disposition centered in stewardship, empathy, and individual development.
    • Cultivate a signature style of leading that capitalizes on assets and strengths and develops liabilities.
    • Be a part of collaborative leadership projects that bring curriculum to life, through real-world projects.
    • Build and test leader-craft through leader roles in outcomes-based opportunities and programs.
    • Build leadership efficacy; competence and confidence, though complex skill acquisition.
  • Courses

    Course Requirements

  • Learning Outcomes

    Using recreation contexts, the Calvin Recreation Leadership Minor strives to emphasize and develop within the individual student the following transferable core competencies:

    • Direct leadership of groups and experiences
    • Facilitation and team building skills
    • Instructional curriculum design and instructional skills
    • Comprehensive Program planning and delivery
    • Environmental and program risk management
    • Management of Program Vision, culture, group dynamics, and community
    • Holistic development of individual through recreation experiences
  • Careers

    Although this minor is intended to enrich other majors and academic tracks, if you have completed a recreation minor, you will graduate from Calvin equipped for employment in the following careers and vocations:

    • Federal and state land management; i.e. national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management, and state department of natural resources and parks
    • Physical education teachers and experiential educators in public and private schools
    • Youth leadership and development; church and para-church based program leadership
    • Science-based outdoor education; i.e. Teton Science School
    • Camp leadership and camp program directing
    • Wilderness leadership, instruction, and guiding; i.e. National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound
    • Recreation and wilderness therapy; i.e. Evoke
    • Business management of recreation based organizations
    • Social work and counseling contexts that emphasize experiential treatment, movement, and recreation
    • International development and relief workers
    • Recreation program administration/management; i.e. YMCA, Kroc Center
    • Recreation facility management; i.e. YMCA, Kroc Center
    • Local, national, and international tourism
    • Nursing in remote settings
    • Non-profit organizational program directing and implementation of service/community based experiences


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