Thompson Rivers University

Partnership provides pathway

  Posted on: July 28, 2016

TRU Adventure Studies student out in the field.

A partnership with Fleming College will attract out-of-province students to Kamloops through the pathway to a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS).

Eligible graduates of Fleming College’s Outdoor and Adventure Education diploma program can apply to complete an adventure tourism concentration in TRU’s BIS program with just two additional years of study. Successful applicants enter directly into the third year of the degree program.

“Adventure Studies is our flagship program and there are few universities internationally that offer upper level managerial courses in this area,” said Craig Campbell, Adventure Studies faculty member.

“This partnership will attract students from accross the country that would otherwise not come to the Thompson Okanagan and will help cement our reputation as a leader in adventure studies internationally.”

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is a two-year degree program which students generally enter after year two, or 60 credits, of undergraduate study. The program allows students to design their own curriculum, customized to their specific interests and goals.

Adventure diploma graduates can choose from six adventure tourism concentrations in the BIS to study a specific adventure-related topic from the perspective of other different disciplines: Adventure tourism, adventure therapy, adventure sport performance, nature-based community development, expedition leadership or outdoor and experiential education. Students also have the option to propose new adventure concentrations. Adventure Studies faculty members work with students to build a custom program, incorporating on-campus and distance learning courses, independent studies courses, and field work (practicums, field schools or co-op placements).

“This degree completion pathway with TRU provides our Outdoor and Adventure Education program graduates the opportunity to complete a related degree with just two years of additional study,” said Linda Skilton, dean of Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. “Many of our students have been expressing a desire to complete a degree following their diploma studies since the program began just over two years ago. This pathway provides the first opportunity for these graduates to do that.”