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 University 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 Response 3
     CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness 3
     REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies 3
     REC 241 Recreation Leadership 3
     REC 353 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation 3
     REC 495 Internship/Fieldwork 12
   
Electives (6 Cr)  
     REC 223 Introduction to Nature Tourism 3
     CON 314 Wellness Education and Counseling 3
     RHF XXX Two 1.5-credit health/fitness courses 3
   
Required foundation courses (10.5 Cr)  
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology 1.5
     HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development 3
     PSY 101 General Psychology I 3
   
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 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 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
     BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II 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 233 Outdoor Recreation 3
     REC 386 Facility and Design Maintenance 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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