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Outdoor Leadership Associate Degree

Earn a business associate’s degree that will transfer anywhere—and start your career in the fast-growing recreation industry.

Outdoor recreation offers tremendous growth potential and career opportunities. You can start on a career path in this exciting field with our Associate of Arts & Science in Business degree, specializing in Outdoor Leadership.

The two-year Outdoor Leadership specialization gets you halfway to a bachelor’s degree. This affordable, student-friendly associate’s degree program includes 60 credits that will transfer to any public university in Virginia. And our outdoor leadership associate’s degree program allows you to:

  • Take classes on a relaxed, welcoming campus that’s close to home.
  • Save money on tuition, fees, housing and meals.
  • Attend small classes instead of massive lecture courses.
  • Get one-on-one attention from professors.
  • Receive excellent preparation to complete a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation, business, or a related subject.

As an accredited college, Southwest Virginia CC meets the highest academic standards. Our credits are accepted at all four-year public universities in Virginia, as well as many private and out-of-state schools.

The business associate’s degree with outdoor leadership specialization is your first step toward a bachelor’s degree—and a world of career opportunities.

Take the First Step Toward a Career in Outdoor Recreation

In the outdoor leadership program, you’ll get a thorough introduction to the tourism and recreation industry. The program includes general business courses related to economics, communications, and risk management. You’ll also take specialized courses in outdoor leadership, covering topics such as:

  • Recreation and leisure
  • Parks
  • Land use
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Interpretation
  • Physical education
  • Wilderness adventure planning

Virginia’s outdoor recreation and tourism industry already employs nearly 150,000 people, and the job numbers are growing. Contact us to find out how our outdoor leadership associate’s degree program can help you start a career in this fast-growing field.

View the complete list of course requirements for the Outdoor Leadership: Business Administration Specialization at SWCC

To learn more about the outdoor leadership specialization, contact: The Outdoor Leadership Faculty Adviser Dean James Dye,, 276.964.7278 OR contact the Southwest Virginia Community College Admissions Office at 276.964.7238 or

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