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FSU Adventure Sports Management 2+2 Degree With Garrett College Approved

Frostburg State University and Garrett College will offer a new collaborative Bachelor of Science in Adventure Sports Management “two plus two” program starting in fall 2015. Students in the program will have the opportunity to gain expertise in recreation activities while developing the management skills and professional connections necessary to become successful leaders in the tourism industry. The program utilizes the unique natural resource base found in Western Maryland.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission and Middle States Commission on Higher Education have granted final approval for the program.

The program builds on curricula already developed in FSU’s Adventure Sports concentration of the Recreation and Parks Management major and in Garrett’s two-year program at the Adventuresports Institute. The new “two plus two” program provides a logical extension to the existing programs by adding leadership experiences and professional preparation while maintaining an emphasis on specific adventure sports skills. This model addresses students’ need for the advanced knowledge offered by a bachelor’s degree, and the industry’s need for leaders and innovators in the outdoor recreation and tourism fields, a growing component of the economy in Western Maryland and beyond.

“This program will serve the growing demand for managers and entrepreneurs in the adventure and outdoor recreation industry, especially in the Western Maryland region,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “I’m happy that we can build on the already-strong collaboration between our two institutions.”

Students in the new Adventure Sports Management program will participate in Garrett College’s adventure skills classes before honing their leadership and business skills with FSU’s adventure sports management classes, all offered on Garrett’s campus. A bachelor’s degree in adventure sports will open doors to higher-paying, advanced career positions.

Adventure sports and skills courses include experiential classes on snow sports, backcountry living, climbing, paddle sports and biking. Other coursework will integrate critical thinking and creativity to provide higher levels of leadership and practice while developing management and mentoring skills, as well as teach students the fundamentals of starting an adventure sports-related business. Students will receive the B.S. in Adventure Sports Management from FSU on graduation and can transfer their credits back to Garrett College to receive the A.A.S. in Adventure Sports.

FSU and Garrett College have collaborated on adventure sports education since Garrett founded its A.A.S. degree in 1992.

For more information about FSU’s Bachelor of Science in Adventure Sports program, contact Dr. Robert Kauffman at 301-687-4474 or or visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

In May of 1992, Garrett College’s Adventuresports Institute developed the first degree program of its kind in the nation. The Adventuresports Institute develops leaders and professionals who have a strong sense of environmental stewardship and community service. Garrett College’s signature Adventure Sports program has earned a national and international reputation, allowing students to practice their passion while fueling the workforce for the growing adventure recreation industry. For more information, visit or


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