2020-21 Catalogs

BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies - Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

The purpose of therapeutic recreation is to promote development of functional independence and to facilitate development, maintenance, and expression of an appropriate leisure lifestyle for persons with mental, physical, emotional, or social limitations. Accordingly, this purpose is accomplished through 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 that meet their needs, and 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 to the development of human potential.

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, 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.


Students will graduate with a B.S. in recreation and leisure studies when the following requirements are satisfied:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  • Completion of all University Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of all therapeutic recreation required core and major coursework with minimum grades of C-.
  • Completion of 121 credits.

University Core Courses (40-42 credits)

EYE (Entry-Year Experience) (3 cr)

College Writing (3 cr)

Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 cr)

Science Exploration (4-5 cr)

Creative Expression (3 cr)

Cultural Interpretation (3 cr)

Socio-cultural Analysis (3 cr)

Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship (3 cr)

Core Electives (9 cr)

International (3 cr)

Diversity (3 cr)

Engaged Learning (3 cr)

Recreation and Leisure Studies Required Core Courses (57 credits)

REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies

REC 121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services

REC 216 Emergency Response or REC 218 Emergency Medical Response with Focus on Wilderness Application

REC 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness

REC 226 Lifetime Leisure Activities

REC 232 Methods in Therapeutic Recreation Program Design

REC 241 Recreation Leadership

REC 253 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation

REC 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults

REC 314 Wellness Education and Counseling

REC 324 Inclusive and Special Recreation

REC 382 Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation

REC 383 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation

REC 494 Professional Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice

REC 495 Internship

REC 498 Management and Professional Development in Therapeutic Recreation

Recreation and Leisure Studies Required Foundation Courses (24 credits)

BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II

HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development

LOS/SBS 301 Group Dynamics

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 233 Abnormal Psychology

SBS 343 Substance Abuse or SWO 388 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Issues

Recreation and Leisure Studies Approved Elective Courses (6 credits)

HIH 203 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

HIH 280 Holistic Health I

HIH 281 Holistic Health II

HIH 288 Reiki: Energy Medicine

REC 190 Yoga and Nutrition

REC 223 Introduction to Nature Tourism

REC 231 Expressive Arts Programming

REC 233 Outdoor Recreation

REC 285 Perspectives on Animal Assisted Therapy

REC 367 Adventure Based Counseling

REC 386 Recreation Facility Design and Maintenance

RHF 1XX Two 1.5-credit health fitness courses 

Recreation and General Electives

Students should consult with their advisor to determine if electives are needed to complete the 121-credit minimum graduation requirement. Elective courses require advisor approval.

Occupational Therapy Accelerated Pathway

This pathway is intended for students interested in pursuing USM's Master's in Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program. Entrance into this program is competitive and includes completion of a formal application process. For more information about USM's M.O.T. program, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Programs at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College. Students accepted into the program will be advised by both an Occupational Therapy faculty member and their Recreation and Leisure Studies advisor.