Recreation and Leisure Studies

Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers a baccalaureate degree with concentrations in therapeautic recreation and community recreation.

The department also offers minors in recreational leadership and nature tourism, a certificate in sustainable tourism and a variety of health/fitness instructional activity courses.

Leisure is recognized as a state of being which is characterized by an individual's perceived freedom, intrinsic motivation and feelings of pleasure; the leisure state is usually achieved through participation in recreational activities. The experience of leisure is inextricably related to the maintenance of health as well as to the development of individual potential. Leisure experiences have both mental health and physical health benefits. Some of these include the reduction of stress, the enhancement of self esteem, the development and maintenance of social relationships and, in the case of physical activities, the development and maintenance of physical fitness and motor ability. These health related benefits make leisure and recreation potentially powerful therapeutic modalities for use in treatment settings with ill and disabled persons and enable all persons to maintain or increase their wellness. 

Highlights
   Find out about our degrees.
   Browse through the Therapeutic Recreation Resources.
   What is Therapeutic Recreation?

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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