Recreation and Leisure Studies

BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies - Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

The purpose of therapeutic recreation is to promote the development of functional independence and to facilitate the development, maintenance and expression of an appropriate leisure lifestyle for persons with mental, physical, emotional and/or social limitations. Accordingly, this purpose is accomplished through the provision of educational and participatory services in both treatment and non-treatment settings. These services assist clientele in eliminating barriers to leisure, developing leisure skills and attitudes which meet their needs, and in optimizing their leisure involvement. Therapeutic recreation professionals use leisure and recreation to enhance each client's health status and leisure lifestyle, both of which are imperative in the development of human potential.

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

     CON 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults
     REC 121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Service 3
     REC 353 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation 3
     REC 382 Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation 3
     REC 383 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 3
     REC 494 Professional Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3
     REC 495 Internship 12
     REC 498 Management and Professional Development in Therapeutic Recreation 3
     Recreation electives 6
Required foundation courses (10.5Cr)  
     BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
     BIO 212 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology 1.5
     PSY 102 General Psychology II 3
     PSY 233 Psychopathology 3
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 Activities 3
     REC 231 Arts and Crafts Programming & Leadership 3
     REC 233 Outdoor Recreation 3
     REC 386 Facility Management 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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