New Minor in Adventure Recreation Management (ARM)
New for Spring 2018 WVU Tech is offering an academic minor in Adventure Recreation
Management (ARM). Learn how to put together and run an adventure program through
this minor using the adventure resources and organizations of the New River Gorge
region as your learning lab. This is a great match to a degree in Business, Public
Services Administration, Criminal Justice or Sociology to prepare for jobs in adventure
tourism, public park and recreation, college adventure programs, therapeutic adventure
or adventure-based court services programs.
ARM Minor Program Requirements
For more information and advising for the minor in Adventure Recreation Management,
contact Dr. Steve Storck at 304.929.1300 or by email at
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 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 2018
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 3:30-7:15 – Required weekend backpacking in April
Learn how to lead others in adventure activities. Course covers outdoor trip
design, risk management, group facilitation, emergency management and outdoor skill
ADRC 121: Introduction to Rock Climbing (1cr)
Mon 3-5 beginning January 22nd
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. Course starts inside at a
local climbing gym for 4 sessions and then a required day trip to an outdoor climbing
site (date to be determined)
Special Topics – Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking (1cr)
Mon 1-3 beginning March 5 – Required Saturday Date TBD
This class is designed to introduce participants to the sport of Whitewater Kayaking.
Course starts in the warmth of an indoor pool where students learn basic strokes,
how to safely wet exit and are introduced to the essential "Eskimo Roll".
After 4 pool sessions class will move to the river for some introductory whitewater.
ADRC 111: Intro to Whitewater Raft Guiding (1cr)
Wed 12:30 - 6 beginning March 28th – Required Saturday Trip in late April
Learn how to guide a raft on whitewater. This course covers river reading,
paddling strokes, equipment rigging, river safety and paddle raft guiding techniques.
Daily trips to local river sections on Wednesdays start in mild water to learn
all the skills with instructors in each raft. A full day guided trip on the
New River is also included in the course where instructors share insights into
guiding more advanced whitewater.