M.S. Program in Expeditionary Studies (M.S. EXP)

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Course Requirements (37 Credits)

I. Theory (16 credit hours)

EXP 550 must be completed before or co-registered with any other “Theory” course.

At least four credit hours of “Theory” coursework must be completed prior to “Praxis” courses.

A. EXP 550: Self-assessment for Adventure Sports Practitioners (1).

B. EXP 560: Planning Adventure Journeys (3).

C. EXP 570: Adventure Pedagogy (3).

D. EXP 580: Risk Management (3).

E. EXP 585: Outcomes Based Adventure Programming (3).

F. EXP 590: Adventure Leadership (3).

II. Praxis (9 credits)

At least three credit hours of “Praxis” coursework must be completed prior to “Expedition” courses.

A. EXP 576: Teaching: A Guided Field Practicum (3-6).

B. EXP 577: Guiding: A Guided Field Practicum (3-6).

III. Expeditions 12 credit hours

A. EXP 536: Community Service Expedition (3).

9 credit hours from “B” and “C” combined:

B. EXP 537: Educational Expedition (3-6).

C. EXP 538: Professional Expedition (3-6).


Additional Requirements:

A. Submission of a degree completion plan coincident with the first graduate EXP course.

B. International certifications or equivalent in at least two adventure disciplines, by advisor approval.

C. Current Wilderness First Responder.

Contact Information

We invite you to learn more about expeditionary studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please feel free to contact the chair.

Jerry Isaak, Chair
Office: 102 Broad Street
Phone: (518) 564-5292
Email: gisaa002@plattsburgh.edu