Not interested in a 9-to 5 office career? Looking, instead, for something that combines your passion for the great outdoors with a valuable skill set that’ll allow you to manage — or start your own — four-season outdoor recreation-related businesses? Then our Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA) program may be the call of the wild for you.  ORBA is an innovative academic program with a broad four-season focus and an emphasis on business, with substantial coursework in outdoor recreation — including areas like snow sports, the river industry, adventure sports, hiking and camping, golf, and inland fishing. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore ORBA at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses:
    • BUS 130 Introduction to Recreation
    • ECO 101S Principles of Macroeconomics or ECO 102S Principles of Microeconomics
    • REC course
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Competitive Ski Club, Ski & Outing Club, Ice Hockey Club, Rugby Club, Swim Club, or Track & Field Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in ORBA? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has many related minors including Business, Economics, Coaching, Physical Fitness, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to ORBA include Community Health Education with an Outdoor Recreation Programming concentration, Business Economics, and Business Psychology.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Fitness Specialist, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Group Exercise Coordinator, LL Bean Bootmobile Driver, Golf Pro, Whitewater Rafting Guide, Recreation Coordinator, General Manager of Titcomb Mountain, Employee at Copper Mountain, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Operations Manager, Lifeguard, Ski Patrol, Fitness & Wellness Coordinator, Adventure Education, Recreation Therapist, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How to I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Clyde Mitchell, Roberts Learning Center, clyde.mitchell@maine.edu, 207-778-7413.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

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