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Outdoor Education Major

216 yearly degrees
#321 in popularity

Outdoor education is a major that typically falls into the Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness category.

There are 7 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in outdoor ed, 18 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 5 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting an Outdoor Ed Degree?

Outdoor education is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #271 in popularity. About 100 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major tends to be male dominated. About 60% of recent graduates are men.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of outdoor ed majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 0.7%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 3.3%
  • White: 85.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 10.7%
Outdoor Education Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in outdoor ed. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending outdoor ed majors to the U.S. are Canada, Japan and China.

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Online Outdoor Education Programs

There are 18 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.


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