Adventure Academic Courses

Starting Fall 2016, Tech Adventures in partnership with the WVU Tech College of Business, Humanities and Social Science (BHSS) will be helping deliver a series of adventure recreation courses on the Beckley campus. BHSS courses will be available under the Adventure Recreation (ADRC) course code. Plans are underway to create a minor in Adventure Recreation Management for those interested in gaining in-depth understanding of the adventure industry and career skills in this field. Combining the Adventure Recreation Management minor with a major in Business, Marketing, Juvenile Justice, Social Work or other programs is a great way to prepare for future management positions in the adventure industry. For information and advising of a minor in Adventure Recreation Management contact Dr. Steve Storck, 304-929-0327, sstorck@mail.wvu.edu.

Course Types:

Field Skill Courses – Each semester BHSS, with assistance from Tech Adventures, will be offering ADRC courses that help students develop: technical proficiency in sport area, knowledge of equipment, safety and rescue skills, trip planning knowledge and instructional methods in paddle sports, mountain biking, rock climbing and aerial sports. Multi-session skill courses range from introductory to instructor level. These courses follow national curricula and are designed to help students master technical skills and prepare for teaching and guiding.

Adventure Recreation Theory Courses – Want to learn about the history, trends or administrative systems of the adventure recreation field. BHSS will be offering a variety of courses at the Beckley campus that range from the philosophical to the practical for those interested in the adventure field from a personal or professional level.

Current Course Offerings: Spring 2017

ADRC 102 Adventure in Society (3cr)
Tues & Thurs 11-12:15 – Fulfills GEF 5 – 1 Required Outing with Tech Adventures

This course explores how outdoor adventure has transformed from a daily necessity for survival in early cultures to its modern form of recreational pursuit. Through readings, media, lectures and hands-on adventure experiences students explore historical and modern perspectives of popular adventure pursuits and their societal influence.

ADRC 293 D: Leadership in Adventure Recreation (3cr)
Tues 4-7 on Montgomery Campus – Required weekend backpacking

This course explores how outdoor adventure has transformed from a daily necessity for survival in early cultures to its modern form of recreational pursuit. Through readings, media, lectures and hands-on adventure experiences students explore historical and modern perspectives of popular adventure pursuits and their societal influence.

ADRC 293E: Special Topics – Introduction to Rock Climbing (1cr)
Wed 3-5pm beginning March 15th – Required Saturday April 25th

This class is designed to introduce participants to basic rock climbing skills. The course will cover the skills necessary to climb and belay using a top-rope system both on artificial and natural climbing surfaces. The skills and information taught in this course include: safety practices, terminology, equipment, basic climbing knots, climbing movement, and belay technique.