2017-18 Catalogs

Recreation and Leisure Studies Overview

Chair of the Department: Holly Bean

Lecturers: Bean, Jain

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers a baccalaureate degree in recreation and leisure studies. In addition, there are minors in recreation leadership, in nature tourism, and in disability studies, and a variety of health fitness instructional activity courses.

The minor in Recreation Leadership consists of 20 credits. The minor is designed to provide students who are not majoring in recreation and leisure studies with the basic knowledge and skills needed to lead recreation programs in settings such as YMCAs, community recreation centers, and camps.

The minor in Nature Tourism consists of 19 credits. This minor combines coursework in environmental science and outdoor recreation to provide students with an introductory knowledge of ecotourism, outdoor recreation leadership, and nature interpretation.

The minor in Disabilities Studies consists of 21 credits. The minor is offered with collaboration from Special Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Linguistics, and Psychology. This minor will prepare a student to work with special populations in a myriad of settings including recreation, community, education, and therapeutic.  

In addition to the baccalaureate degree and minors, a wide variety of recreation and leisure studies courses, as well as health fitness activity courses, is available. Students are encouraged to pursue recreation, leisure, and instructional health fitness course offerings as appropriate to their academic program or their personal development needs.

Additional Information

Retention/Progression Policies

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies adheres to the minimum grade and academic suspension standards described in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. In addition, the faculty reserves the privilege of retaining only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, skill, and health necessary for practice as therapeutic recreation specialists. A student who admits to or is found guilty of a violation of academic integrity (see USM Student Academic Integrity Policy) or the American Therapeutic Recreation Society's Code of Ethics, can be suspended or dismissed from the program or the University. (The ethics statement is posted in the program's reception area, is discussed in REC 494, and is available through the Program Coordinator.)

A grade of D or F in a REC core course will stop progression within the respective degree course sequence. Students who receive a grade of D or F in any REC core course must repeat the course and earn a grade of C- or better. Students who receive a grade of D or F in REC 495 will be allowed to repeat the course once, provided that the student is able to secure an internship placement and the faculty agrees that the student possesses the knowledge, skills, and health necessary to work with clients in an internship setting. Students who repeat an internship must enroll in the appropriate pre-internship course in the semester immediately preceding the internship. Students who receive a D or F in a program theory or clinical course must obtain a grade of C- or better when the course is repeated. Students who fail to enroll in therapeutic recreation courses for a one-year period without permission of their academic advisor can be removed from their declared major.

Internship Policies

Policies regarding internship are specified in the program's Student Internship Manual. Internship eligibility requirements are as follows:

To be eligible for REC 495 Internship placement, baccalaureate degree students must be recreation and leisure studies majors, and they must have completed at least 24 credits from the Core curriculum and all of the program's required foundation courses. Students must also possess current Red Cross Emergency Response and CPR certifications, have a grade point average of at least 2.0, and have completed the following major courses with grades of C- or better: REC 110, REC 121, REC 224, REC 241, REC 311, REC 332, REC 353, REC 382, REC 383, REC 494, and one 3-credit recreation elective. Students wishing to complete an internship outside of the faculty's direct supervision area (approximately a 120-mile radius from USM) must have a GPA of at least 2.6. Internship opportunities extend throughout New England and beyond. Students must apply to agencies and be accepted by an agency for internship. Internships are earned, not assigned. The program cannot guarantee that students will be able to obtain internships in the southern Maine area.

Transfer into the B.S. Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from other USM Academic Programs

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study must meet with the Department Chair to discuss transfer requirements and reasons for transfer. Such students should have completed REC 110, ENG 100, PSY 101, and BIO 111 or equivalent with grades of C- or better or have completed at least one semester at USM and be in good academic standing. Acceptance into the program is also dependent on reasons for transfer and space availability.