Academic Courses

Students cheer on the Redhawks during a sporting event at Miami University.

Miami Recreation offers a variety of two credit hour academic courses each year through the department of Kinesiology and Health (KNH). classes are a part of the Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) program, which include climbing, backpacking, canoeing, basketball officiating, volleyball officiating, horseback riding, broomball, skating, hockey, and group dynamics (EDL 195). Please visit to see an up to date listing of courses or to register.

Courses List

*KNH 150.A

Beginning Canoeing: This course will focus on the essential skills and information that tandem canoeists need to travel safely and comfortably on the water by utilizing the ACA Introduction to Canoeing, Level 1 and Level 2 curriculum.

*KNH 150.B

Beginning Backpacking: This course will focus on the essential skills and information that backpackers need to travel safely and comfortably in the backcountry.

*KNH 150.C

Beginning Rock Climbing: This introductory course covers the terminology, equipment, technical and safety skills appropriate for the novice level climber.

*KNH 150.K

Intermediate Rock Climbing: This course is for students who have taken KNH 150.C and would like to expand their skills. Students will begin to learn about and practice lead climbing.

*KNH 150.N

Beginning Kayaking: This course will focus on the essential skills and information that recreational kayakers need to travel safely and comfortably on the water by utilizing the American Canoe Association (ACA) Introduction to Kayaking, Level 1 curriculum.

*EDL 195

Facilitation and Group Dynamics: This course is an introduction to group facilitation and group management. This course is also an elective option under the Community Based Leadership Minor 

*EDL 290.R

The Nature of Group Leadership, Outdoor Leadership: Through activities in class, students will actively explore concepts such as group development, communication, trust, leadership, and risk-taking. This is the course in common for the Outdoor Pursuit Living Learning Community.

*All of these courses are program requirements for Outdoor Leadership Certificate Program offered through the Educational Leadership Department.

KNH 150.E

Beginning Horseback Riding: For those students new to riding or getting back into the saddle.

KNH 150.F

Intermediate Horseback Riding: For those students who have taken 150.E or have significant previous riding experience.

KNH 150.H

Advanced Horseback Riding: For those students who have completed 150.F or have received instructor permission

Living Learning Communities (LLC)

Miami Recreation offers a variety of Living Learning Communities (LLCs) for first and second year students. The purpose of these communities are to enhance personal health and wellness with a tight knit community that works, learns, and plays together collaboratively using sport, recreation, and leadership as a bond. First Year themes include Outdoor Pursuits, Equestrian, Sports and Recreation, Health and Wellness, and Leadership and Sport (second year).

Internship, Practicum, and Field Experiences

Miami Recreation offers a variety of 1-3 credit hour internship experiences. These are tailored to the strengths and interests of the individual. The largest number of opportunities are in the fields of teaching, special events, and marketing.

For more information please contact Mike Arnos at (513) 529-8179 or

Miami Bound- Stay Tuned for 2020 Dates Coming Soon!

The Miami Bound Program takes place before first year move in day and is designed to help students adjust to new surroundings and discover the extensive variety of health, sport, and recreation activities at Miami University. Student move in early and activities are tailored to help forge strong friendships prior to the start of the school year. Throughout the week, students will meet a variety of full-time staff, which can assist them in building a network of contact to support their wellness goals. Groups are designed to be small enough to create community and develop lasting friendships.

The Equestrian Program 

If you are a competitive rider interested in the team or an animal lover looking to get started in horses, Miami Bound Equestrian is for you. Incoming freshmen will have the time to ride  and lessons daily with coaches. They will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Equestrian Center and other facilities on campus while meeting some of the returning team members prior to school starting. This provides students the ability to explore the opportunities on campus for horse lovers and building relationship with other students with common interest.

Program Fee: $335 includes all housing and meals.

Questions? Contact


Get Outside

Calling all those with a spirit of adventure! Camp under the stars, create a tight-knit community of friends, and experience nature up close as we paddle, climb, or backpack around southwestern Ohio. Get Outside is for everyone, no matter your outdoor experience level.

Program Fee: $195 includes early move-in, camping, outdoor activity equipment, meals while camping, transportation, and staff.

Question? Contact Jen Siliko at (513) 529–7510 or 


Sports of All Sorts 

Join us for a week-long journey through a variety of sports, health, and recreation programs. We’ll help you identify recreational activities, resources, and staff at Miami and in the Oxford community. Participants have the opportunity to choose a variety of small group activities to go along with combined, large group activities, and socials each night. Activity options include equestrian barn tour and ride, disc golf, hiking, golf scramble, fitness classes, team adventure race, facility tours, bowling, broomball, bumper ball soccer, and a variety of traditional and Olympic sports.

Program Fee: $335, includes evening socials, housing, transportation, and all activity costs. Students are responsible for covering the cost of food, most simply start their meal plans early.

Questions? Contact Ruchelle Dunwoody at 513-529-1649 or