2013-14 Catalogs

RLS Overview

Chair of the Department: William T. McCullough, Masterton Hall, Portland
Professor: Richeson; Associate Professors: Jones, McCullough, Meyer

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the College of Science, Technology, and Health offers a baccalaureate degree in recreation and leisure studies with concentrations in therapeutic recreation and community recreation. In addition, the Department offers a minor in recreation leadership, a minor in nature tourism, and a variety of health/fitness instructional activity courses.

The minor in recreation leadership consists of 20 credit hours. The minor is designed to provide students who are not majoring in recreation and leisure studies with the basic knowledge and skills needed to lead recreation programs in settings such as YMCAs, community recreation centers, and camps.

The minor in nature tourism consists of 19 to 20 credit hours. This minor combines coursework in environmental science and outdoor recreation to provide students with an introductory knowledge of ecotourism, outdoor recreation leadership, and nature interpretation.

In collaboration with the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the department offers a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. This certificate is available to students from all majors. Students complete nine hours of coursework, participate in one international travel course, and complete an internship with a sustainable tourism agency or business.

In addition to the degree programs and minors, a wide variety of leisure studies courses, as well as health fitness activity courses, is available. Students are encouraged to pursue recreation, leisure, and instructional health/fitness course offerings as appropriate to their academic program, or their personal development needs.

Additional Information

Retention/Progression Policies

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies adheres to the minimum grade and academic suspension standards described in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. In addition the faculty reserves the privilege of retaining only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, skill, and health necessary for practice as therapeutic recreation specialists . A student who admits to or is found guilty of a violation of academic integrity (see USM Student Academic Integrity Policy) or the American Therapeutic Recreation Society's Code of Ethics can be suspended or dismissed from the program or the University. (The ethics statement is posted in the Department's reception area, is discussed in REC 494, and is available in the Department chairperson's office.)

A grade of D or F in a REC-prefix core course will stop progression within the respective degree course sequence. Students who receive a grade of D or F in any REC-prefix core course must repeat the course and earn a grade of C- or better. Students who receive a grade of D or F in REC 495, will be allowed to repeat the course once, providing that the student is able to secure an internship placement and the faculty agrees that the student possesses the knowledge, skills, and health necessary to work with clients in an internship setting. Students who repeat Internship must enroll in the appropriate pre-internship course the semester immediately preceding Internship. Students who receive a D or F in a Department theory or clinical course must obtain a grade of C– or better when the course is repeated. Students who fail to enroll in therapeutic recreation courses for a one-year period without permission of their academic advisors can be removed from their declared major.

Internship Policies

Policies regarding internship are specified in the Department's Student Internship Manual. Internship eligibility requirements are as follows:

B.S. Degree In order to be eligible for the REC 495 Internship placement, baccalaureate degree students must be recreation and leisure studies majors, have completed at least 24 credits from the Core curriculum, plus all of the program's required foundation courses. Students must also possess current Red Cross Emergency Response and CPR certifications, have a grade point average of at least 2.0 and have completed the following major courses: REC 110,REC121, REC 224,, REC 241, REC 353, REC 382, REC 383REC 494, CON 311 and one three credit recreation elective with grades of C- or better. Students wishing to complete an internship outside of the faculty's direct supervision area (approximately a 120-mile radius from USM) must have a GPA of at least 2.6. Internship opportunities extend throughout New England and beyond. Students must apply to agencies and be accepted by an agency for internship. Internships are earned, not assigned. The Department cannot guarantee that students will be able to obtain internships in the southern Maine area.

Transfer into the B.S. Degree Program in Recreation and Leisure Studies from other USM Academic Programs

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study must meet with the Department chairperson to discuss transfer requirements and their reasons for transfer. Such students should have completed REC 110, , ENG 100, PSY 101, and BIO 111 or equivalent with grades of C- or better or have completed at least one semester at USM and be in good academic standing. Acceptance into the program is also dependent on reasons for transfer and space availability.