Lifetime Leisure Skills

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Lifetime Leisure Skills (LLS) courses are designed to engage students in fun and healthy recreational activities that can be continued beyond college and throughout their lives. Courses range from outdoor recreation activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, biking, and camping to indoor activities that include kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, salsa dancing, and ballroom dancing. The majority of LLS courses are appropriate for students at all skill levels. A small number of courses are offered at the intermediate to advanced level and are clearly identified as such.

LLS courses are open to University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may count credit earned in LLS courses toward the total number of semester hours required for their degree. Students should consult their academic advisor.

A University of Iowa vehicle in front of the sign announcing the entrance of the Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas.

While the majority of courses are on campus or in the Iowa City area, several off-campus courses travel to locations such as Grand Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Big Bend National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Yellow River State Forest, Backbone State Park, Maquoketa Caves State Park, Devil's Lake State Park, Pictured Rocks County Park, and the Upper Iowa River.