Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies - Community Recreation Concentration

Career Options

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.

The concentration in Community Recreation 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 a myriad of community based work settings.

This curriculum, in addition to meeting the 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.

In addition to the requirements listed in the BS, the following courses are required to complete the Community Recreation Concentration:

     REC 233 Outdoor Recreation 3
     REC 386 Facility and Design Maintenance 3
     REC 493 Pre Fieldwork 3
     REC 499 Management in Community Recreation 3
Required Foundation Courses  
     LOS 300 Organizational Theory 3
     LOS 304 Organizational Budgeting 3
     LOS 312 Human Resource Management 3
     PSY (choose from several options) 3
     PHE 302 Coaching Philosophy and Fundamentals 3
Total credits (with Core) 121

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