College of Science, Technology, and Health

New Degree Concentration in Community Recreation

Community Recreation

The Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies now offers a degree concentration in Community Recreation which complements the department’s well-established concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.  The new concentration enables students wishing to work in settings other than health care the opportunity to develop the knowledge base and skills needed to deliver recreation activities in myriad of community based work settings.

Graduates with this concentration might find careers in municipal parks and recreation departments, non-profit agencies such as YMCA’S, YWCA’S, and Boys & Girls Clubs, or other community related agencies at the local, state, or regional level. The philosophical basis for this concentration is the idea that recreation activities, parks, and leisure experiences add to quality of life and are essential to the growth and development of everyone regardless of age, social-economic status, or health, and that the delivery of such activities and experiences should be accomplished by competent, trained professionals.

This curriculum, in addition to meeting the general education requirements of the university Core Curriculum, provides students with the philosophical foundation, historical context, as well as the leadership and programming skills necessary to compete in today’s job market.  Embedded within the course work are a variety of volunteer opportunities, structured practicums, and field work experiences to allow students to apply and practice their newly developed knowledge and skills.

For more information about the Community Recreation concentration, contact the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at 780-4172 or lnickerson@usm.maine.edu.

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