Thanks for your interest in the Department of Outdoor Leadership at North Greenville University. We're commonly referred to as the ODEL (o-dell) department because of the prefix used in our course numbers. Students majoring in Outdoor Leadership receive an intense, experiential program of study that strives to prepare students for leadership positions in a variety of outdoor settings and environments. We seek to develop students holistically by encouraging their personal, spiritual, physical, and academic growth. Our desire is for students to learn how to minister and grow individuals effectively in the outdoors.
If you are looking for a program that focuses on the use of outdoor pursuits to promote holistic wellness, stewardship of natural environments, and creating opportunities for positive change in the groups and group members, while challenging students to grow personally and professionally - one of our programs may be right for you! These programs and services include:
Our core curriculum includes a minimum of four field-based courses designed to give students valuable experience in leadership and skill development. Students who graduate from our program will have at least 12 weeks of field experience. Supported by NGU's liberal arts foundation and coupled with supporting courses in natural science and psychology, students will be able to enhance outdoor and experiential programs for groups as well as understand the current issues in the field. NGU's ODEL degree offers a strong emphasis in Christian character, leadership development, and outdoor skills.
Our Campus Setting
North Greenville University is located at the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains. We are within two hours of three major wilderness areas, selective climbing sites, and several rivers with whitewater rated up to class five. The Department of Outdoor Leadership also utilizes many state parks within an hour of campus as well as the 80-mile Foothills Trail which stretches from the Chattooga River to Table Rock State Park.
Our Department Mission
The mission of the Department of Outdoor Leadership at North Greenville University is to educate, equip, and empower students to become outdoor professionals through academic courses, experiential learning, and Christian service. Additionally, the department serves the community through Christ-centered experiential programs.
Our Core Values
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