Recreation and Leisure Studies

BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Career Options

Students with degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies are employed as activity coordinators, therapeutic recreation specialists, recreation generalists and much more. Students who complete Internships under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification examination.

The baccalaureate degree program in recreation and leisure studies consists of 121 credit hours. Students entering the degree program will select one of two available concentrations, Therapeutic Recreation or Community Recreation Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student may seek employment as a recreation therapist, recreation staff in a variety of municipal or nonprofit environments, as an activity coordinator, or recreation generalist. Students who complete internships under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification examination

The four-year program in recreation and leisure studies consists of, in addition to the Core curriculum requirements, the following courses leading to the bachelor of science degree which are to be taken by students in both concentrations. The curriculum is subject to change as a result of faculty evaluation.

Required Recreation Core Courses (27 Cr)
 Credits
     CON 216 Emergency Medical Response3
     CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness3
     REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies3
     REC 241 Recreation Leadership3
     REC 353 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation3
     REC 495 Internship/Fieldwork12
  
Electives (6 Cr) 
     REC 223 Introduction to Nature Tourism 
     REC 224 Inclusive & Special Recreation3
     REC 226 Lifetime Leisure Activities3
     REC 231 Arts and Crafts Programming and Leadership 
     CON 285 Perspectives on Animal Assisted Therapy3
     CON 288 Reiki: Energy Medicine3
     CON 314 Wellness Education and Counseling3
     RHF XXX Two 1.5-credit health/fitness courses 
  
Required foundation courses (10.5 Cr) 
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology1.5
     HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development3
     PSY 101 General Psychology I3
  
Total credits (with Core)121
Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

In addition to the courses required of everyone in the major, the following courses are required to complete the Therapeutic Recreation Concentration:

 Credits
     CON 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults
     REC 121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Service3
     REC 353 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation3
     REC 382 Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation3
     REC 383 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation3
     REC 494 Professional Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice3
     REC 495 Internship12
     REC 498 Management and Professional Development in Therapeutic Recreation3
     Recreation electives6
  
Required foundation courses (10.5Cr) 
     BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
     BIO 212 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology1.5
     PSY 102 General Psychology II3
     PSY 233 Psychopathology3
  
Total credits (with Core)121
Community Recreation Concentration

In addition to the courses required by everyone in the major, the following courses are required to complete the Community Recreation Concentration:

     REC 226 Lifetime Leisure Activities3
     REC 231 Arts and Crafts Programming & Leadership3
     REC 233 Outdoor Recreation3
     REC 386 Facility Management3
     REC 493 Pre Fieldwork3
     REC 499 Management in Community Recreation3
  
Required Foundation Courses 
     LOS 300 Organizational Theory3
     LOS 304 Organizational Budgeting3
     LOS 312 Human Resource Management3
     PSY (choose from several options)3
     PHE 302 Coaching Philosophy and Fundamentals3
  
Total credits (with Core)121

Nature-based Tourism at USM

Enrollment in the Nature Tourism Minor can increase your understanding and enjoyment of nature while enhancing future employment opportunities in ecotourism and adventure recreation businesses, wilderness equipment outfitters, or organizations that focus on environmental education.

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