This course provides students with academic literacy in the field of adventure education. Through lecture, discussion, research, and experiential projects, this course explores the many facets comprising this unique discipline. Through examining historical influences relative to exploration and industrialization, as well as the changing views of the concepts of both leisure and nature, students see how and why adventure education emerged as a field. Similarities and differences to related fields, such as outdoor education, recreation, environmental sciences and experiential education are investigated. Students practice several modes of research and writing while critically examining current trends in adventure education. Upon course completion the successful student will have developed the ability to converse intelligently and with depth regarding the past, current and future significance of adventure education as a field of study and career.