Recreation and Leisure Studies

Minor in Recreation Leadership

The minor in recreation leadership is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to lead recreation programs in setting such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, community recreation centers, and camps. The minor is especially appropriate for those students majoring in fields such as education, psychology, nursing, criminology, business, and social work who intend to use recreation activities as part of their practices.

The minimum number of credits required for the minor is 20.

Students seeking the minor in recreation leadership must:

  • Complete REC 110 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, REC 241 Recreation Leadership, and REC 224 Inclusive Leisure Services (9 credits total).
  • Complete three of the following courses: REC 226 Lifetime Leisure Activities, REC 231 Arts and Crafts Programming and Leadership, REC 233 Outdoor Recreation, CON 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults, CON 314 Wellness Education and Counseling, or REC 367 Adventure Based Counseling (9 credits total).
  • Complete two 1-credit or 1.5-credit RHF courses from the following: RHF 106 Ballroom Dance, RHF 107 Aerobics, RHF 109 Beginning Weight Training, RHF 118 Yoga, RHF 122 Aerobic Kickboxing, RHF 121 Self Defense, or RHF 123 Introduction to Sea Kayaking.

Not all courses are offered every semester. Some courses have prerequisites. Other RHF courses can be substituted with permission. Contact the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department chairperson to sign up for this minor.

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