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This program is designed for students who seek entry-level employment in the recreation and leisure industry. Students examine the recreational needs of a community and foster leadership skills to work with diverse populations. Time management, organizational skills, and managing activities are emphasized.


Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

Fall Semester
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
HTLH 150CIntroduction to Personal Wellness111
IST 102CPC Applications303
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher-level math303
RECR 101CIntroduction to Recreation and Leisure Studies1303
Spring Semester
BIOL 129CIntroduction to Sports Nutrition or   
XX xxxCScience elective30-23-4
HLTH 120CCare and Prevention of Athletic Injuries324
RECR 120CRecreation Program and Planning1303
RECR 125CRisk Management in Recreation1303
SPTS 170CSports and Recreation Marketing303

Second Year

BUS 225CBusiness Law I or   
SPTS 225CSports and Recreation Law303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology or   
XX xxxCSocial Science elective303
RECR 230CLeadership for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services1303
RECR xxxCRecreation Activity elective1021
SPTS 210CSports and Fitness Facilities Management303
SPTS 220CSports Communications303
Spring Semester
ACCT 101CAccounting I or   
RECR 290CRecreation and Leisure Internship1 or   
XX xxxCRECR/SPTS/BUS/HSTM elective0-30-93
HSTM 115CIntroduction to Fitness, Spa, and Wellness Management or   
RECR 220COutdoor Recreation1 or   
RECR 250CPrinciples of Therapeutic Recreation1303
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
RECR xxxCRecreation Activity elective021
XX xxxCGeneral education elective303
Total Credits60-61

1Indicates major field course

Graduates are able to:

  • Understand the historical and current context of leisure and recreation.
  • Create, plan, implement, and evaluate a recreation activity program for a designated community.
  • Develop effective communication and leadership skills in working in leisure and recreation environments.
  • Educate others on the value and benefits of recreation and leisure for personal growth and fulfillment.
  • Identify risk management concerns in recreation program development.
  • Evaluate career pathways in the recreation and leisure industry.

Employment opportunities have expanded in many areas including municipal parks and recreation departments, non-profit organizations such as YMCA, and medical institutions. There are many career paths to pursue with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Through the advisement process, faculty work with students to assist in course selection based on transfer or career interest.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Maryanne Adams

    Hospitality and Tourism Management
    Adjunct Professor

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