Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

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.

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

  Credits
REC 121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services 3
REC 224 Inclusive and Special Recreation 3
REC 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults 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 498 Management and Professional Development in Therapeutic Recreation 3
SWO 388 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Issues OR SBS 343 Substance Abuse 3
REC Electives 9
   
Required foundation courses (10.5 cr)  
     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

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