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Students walking on a beach during the Exploring Cape Cod class

On-campus Courses with Short-term Travel Experience

The College of Health and Human Development offers an array of courses that give students the opportunity to expand their learning through experiences outside of the classroom. These on-campus courses include a required group travel component or local outreach trip (all in U.S.) with activities and reflection that are integrated into the coursework. Most of these courses include a class fee in addition to tuition. Costs range depending on trip location and duration. Some courses have prerequisites and require instructor permission to register.

“I loved this course. It wasn't like a typical course where you study to pass an exam, you learned hands on, real life material and applied it in outreach community trips.”

—Former KINES 497 Student

General Education Courses

These courses are open to all majors. Talk to your academic advisor about how these courses can fit into your academic plan.

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Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 249N – Adult Development and Aging                           In class students will learn about the adulthood and the aging process, as well as how to work with different populations of adults and the elderly. In addition to volunteering in their community, students will travel to Altoona, PA to work with Blair County Senior Services.                                    

Kinesiology

  • KINES 001 – Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits
    In class students will learn the art of survival and orienteering. Students will travel to wilderness locations primarily in Rothrock State Forest to use a map and compass to navigate through the woods and use survival skills.
  • KINES 001Z – Exploring Cape Cod
    In class students will learn some outdoor exploration. Students will travel to the Cape Cod area to live, work, and study for a week at the Massachusetts Audubon's Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • KINES 82 - Action Methods for Stress Management (Yoga and Meditation)
    In class students will learn techniques and management of stress and will practice yoga and medication. Students will travel to Endless Mountains Zendo to experience a day-long medication retreat.
  • KINES 093 – Principles of Fly Tying and Fishing for Trout
    In this class student will learn advanced skills in fly tying and fishing. Students will travel to a prized tailwater fishing location to practice skills.
  • KINES 093 – Cycle Conditioning
    In class students will examine the principles of conditioning, train on spin bikes and participated in a  trail ride. Students will travel to the Lower Trail to participate in a 34-mile trail ride.
  • KINES 093 – Advanced Ballroom Dance
    In class students will learn skills in ballroom dance and practice for a competition session. Students will travel to various locations in the mid-Atlantic region to compete in a dance completion.

Recreation, Park, and Tourism

  • RPTM 1Z – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay
    In class students will learn to enhance their appreciation of the natural world and understanding of how nature, culture, and recreation are intertwined. For us the canoe is a research tool, and our paddling skills will enable us to unlock the lessons of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary, the Susquehanna River. Students will develop the skills necessary to prepare for and participate in canoeing trips, as well as learn about the hazards and general background associated with paddling. Students will travel to the Chestertown area of Maryland and different sites along the Susquehanna to become acquainted with the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
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Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • CSD 497 – Supporting Community through Performance
    In class students will learn a variety of performance forms, including improvisation, vocal performance, percussion, African dance, and Brazilian Capoeira, and analyze how these performance forms can support valued communication goals. Students will have performances in a variety of sites both at UP campus as well as off-site, to demonstrate what they learned in the class.

Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 249N – Adult Development and Aging                           In class students will learn about the adulthood and the aging process, as well as how to work with different populations of adults and the elderly. In addition to volunteering in their community, students will travel to Altoona, PA to work with Blair County Senior Services.
  • HDFS 239 – Adolescent Development                                        In class students will learn about adolescent development, including the biological, cognitive and social transitions that take place during adolescence. Students will travel to the Philadelphia area to take part in training about youth mental health and challenges faced by LGBTQ youth. Students will receive certification in Youth Mental Health first aid.

Kinesiology

  • KINES 001 – Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits
    In class students will learn the art of survival and orienteering. Students will travel to wilderness locations primarily in Rothrock State Forest to use a map and compass to navigate through the woods and use survival skills.
  • KINES 001Z – The Beach: Exploring Literature of the Atlantic Shore
    In class students will learn some outdoor exploration and some paddling skills. Students will travel to the Charleston, South Carolina area to explore the Lowcounty environment.
  • KINES 001 – Sailing the Florida Keys
    In class students will learn to appreciate sailing and practice basic sailing skills. Students will travel to the Florida Keys for a 24/7 live aboard sailing experience.
  • KINES 82 - Action Methods for Stress Management (Yoga and Meditation)
    In class students will learn techniques and management of stress and will practice yoga and medication. Students will travel to Endless Mountains Zendo to experience a day-long medication retreat.
  • KINES 093 – Advanced Ballroom Dance
    In class students will learn skills in ballroom dance and practice for a competition session. Students will travel to various locations in the mid-Atlantic region to compete in a dance completion.
  • KINES 093 – Total Golf
    In class students will learn the etiquette and pace of game play. Students will travel to Myrtle Beach, SC to get a better understanding of the history of the game, USGA rules, physical conditioning, mental strategies and swing development.
  • KINES 093 – Cycle Conditioning
    In class students will examine the principles of conditioning, train on spin bikes and participate in a  trail ride. Students will travel to a Central Pennsylvania to participate in a day-long trail ride.

Recreation, Park, and Tourism

  • RPTM 1Z – Exploring the Literature of America’s Wilderness

    In class students will learn about the history, management, and current issues of Wilderness areas in the United States, as well as the types of recreation that can be carried out in these spaces. Students will learn and apply trip planning and risk management as they travel to the Dolly Sods of West Virginia to practice wilderness travel through backpacking and see how a Wilderness management is carried out across a landscape.

Courses for specific majors

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Health Policy and Administration

Spring 2020:

  • HPA 497 Nursing Home Administrators Training
    In class students completing the course meet a key requirement of the PA Nursing Home Administrator licensing exam application requirements.
    Students will have an experiential day at a multi-level care facility where they will be immersed in the day-to-day operations.

Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 330 – Experience with Children, Youth, Families           Students will learn about observing and working with young children through placement in child care settings and two offsite trips. The first trip to Harrisburg, PA will put students in contact with policy experts and state government officials at the Office for Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). A second trip to Pittsburgh, PA will allow students to tour a faith-based child care center, visit the Fred Rogers Center and learn about the educational mission of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

Hospitality Management

Fall 2020:

  • HM 306– Hospitality in Senior Living
    In class, students will learn about hotel industry and the operating departments of a hotel.  Students will travel to a full-service resort or urban hotel to observe the operating departments of a hotel and interact with hotel management.
  • HM 380– Hotel Management

Spring 2021:

  • HM 380– Hotel Management

 

Kinesiology

 

Spring 2021:

  • KINES 295C – Professional Development
    In this class student will learn and practice skills in professional development. Students will travel to the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Summit in Chicago, IL to participate in an international conference and practice networking skills.
  • KINES 481W - Exercise for Older Adults
    In this class student will study age-associated physical changes and the effects of exercise on the aging process. Students will travel to local retirement communities to interact with geriatric populations.
  • KINES 495E – Fitness Professional Development
    In this class students will learn and practice skills in pre-certification preparation. Students will participate in practical experiences on campus and via travel to the greater Philadelphia area.
  • KINES 497 – Community Engagement & Outreach
    In this class students will learn and practice skills in fitness and wellness screening and evaluation. The students will travel to various locations in the mid-Atlantic region to participate in screenings at health fairs.

     

    Nutritional Sciences

      Fall 2020

      • NUTR 361 – Community and Public Health Nutrition
        Students will have the opportunity to participate in a community project such as a health fair for elementary school students in the State College Area School District or the YMCA "backpack" program to provide weekend food assistance to low-income families in Phillipsburg.
      • NUTR 497 Special Topic: Professional Development in Nutrition

      Spring 2021

      • NUTR 361 – Community and Public Health Nutrition
        Students will have the opportunity to participate in a community project such as a health fair for elementary school students in the State College Area School District or the YMCA "backpack" program to provide weekend food assistance to low-income families in Phillipsburg.

          Recreation, Park, and Tourism

            Fall 2020

            • RPTM 198 – Player Development/Tournament Golf
              In class students hone their golf skills under the guidance of PGA Golf Professionals. Students travel to local golf courses to practice their skills. Limited to Professional Golf Management option students only.
            • RPTM 356 – Programming in Recreation Services
            • RPTM 435 – Recreation Park Planning and Management
              In class students will learn about design and management of recreation and park facilities. Students will travel to (please fill in the blank) to a variety of facilities including parks, sport facilities, and recreation areas in Centre County and the surrounding areas. 
            • RPTM 490 – Advanced Arena Management
            • RPTM 497 – Study Away Pittsburgh Practicum
              A residential program that provides students with an immersive urban experience while taking classes in person and online.
            • RPTM 490 – Advanced Arena Management
            • RPTM 497 – Outreach Recreation Consortium

            Spring 2021

            • RPTM 197 – Biomechanics of Golf
              A hybrid course with in person and online intensive, hands-on experiences where students utilize 3D Motion Captures Swing Analysis software to analyze golf swings. Students will travel to the Philadelphia area to meet with professionals who apply concepts covered in the course.
            • RPTM 198 – Player Development/Tournament Golf
              In class students hone their golf skills under the guidance of PGA Golf Professionals. Students travel to local golf courses to practice their skills. Limited to Professional Golf Management option students only.
            • RPTM 497 – Golf Operations
              In class students learn best practices for operating a golf course. Students will travel to Bandon Dunes, Oregon over Spring Break to put into practice what they have learned in the class.
            • RPTM 497 – Resort Recreation Practicum
            • RPTM 498 – Developing Golf Industry Leaders
              In addition to in-class assignments, students will attend a national PGA conference in Orlando, FL.

              Here's what our students say

              This course changed my perspective on life.  I learned how to challenge myself and the importance of pursuing adventure throughout the rest of my life.

              —Former KINES 1 Student

              "I really liked the hands-on nature of the course, as well as the opportunity to learn a new skill in a supportive environment."

              —Former RPTM 1 Student

              "The trips were a great learning and networking opportunity for us. I really liked the real-life scenarios that were added on with the power points. It helped me relate the two and remember past just the exam."

              —Former RPTM 497 Student

              "The immersion part of it. I felt like I really got to experience first hand what it was like to be part of the Marriott staff. Even though we were just guests, it was still really awesome to get one on one time with the staff. I learned so much from getting to know them, and it really made me think that I might want to make this a career someday."

              —Former RPTM 497 Student

              "The class as a whole is a learning experience from the research, professionalism and communication, on-site experience and on-site work, working in groups, presentation skills, revision and creativity. This course offers a very important opportunity to get off campus and get into the field to help a company out and create amazing connections, professionally and personally, due to the course structure. Amazing course and continuation and expansion to more courses like this would be highly valuable."

              —Former RPTM 497 Student

              "A tactile experience unlike anything else I have ever experienced in a "classroom." I learned, often without realizing it, about the low country through integrative readings and prose that depicted the place we actually got to visit. Meeting various tour guides and hearing stories from people, while in their own home, was incredible."

              —Former KINES 1 Student

              Additional Information

              For more information, contact Lisa Clapper at lrc139@psu.edu.

               

               

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