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The tourism, recreation, and adventure leadership program is unique. We developed this program to provide the outdoor leadership, business, communication and other skills necessary for success in the tourism and outdoor leadership sectors.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership (TRAL) explores the importance of tourism and recreation in natural settings for community development, human health and quality of life, and the sustainable use of natural resources. Students will learn about management practices and public preferences to address contemporary tourism, recreation and outdoor leadership opportunities, and issues in natural settings. Studies include decision making within applicable laws and across cultural contexts, as well as communication to a variety of audiences, and successful supervision of employees and volunteers. The TRAL program covers best practices for planning, developing, and managing recreation resources in natural settings. Students learn to evaluate and integrate experiential, economic, biophysical, and social concepts. They study interaction across natural resources and the consequences of development, management, and marketing decisions.

Completion of an approved option is required for the Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership degree. Declaration of the option must be done by the end of the sophomore year, or at least six (6) terms prior to graduation. Courses for an option are in addition to the core curriculum.

The following two options are available to Cascades-campus students majoring in TRAL:
Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism
Adventure Leadership Education

You'll learn the technical and group leadership skills needed to be an outdoor guide or trip leader. You'll also learn the concepts, theory, and business skills needed to move beyond guiding and into management or creation of your own business.

A vital feature of this program is your internship, which you spend working for a company or agency in the field of tourism or outdoor leadership.

Joining the TRAL Program - New and Transfer Students

The TRAL program is suited to all types of students:

  • Traditional students who are completing high school and will enter as freshmen.
  • Transfer students from other college or university programs, including COCC and the OSU main campus.
  • Non-students who want to take specific classes to improve their skills or for general interest (see below).

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