2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Recreation and Leisure Studies Department

Park Center, Room E-334
(607) 753-4941


Professional Studies


Lynn Anderson (Chair), Dale Anderson, Wayne Stormann, Sharon Todd, Vicki Wilkins, Susan Wilson, Anderson Young

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation
Bachelor of Science in Recreation
Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management
Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

Majors Offered

Outdoor Recreation
Recreation Management
Therapeutic Recreation

Concentrations Offered

With Outdoor Recreation
     Camp Management
  Environmental and Cultural Interpretation
  Natural Resource Recreation Management
  Outdoor Leadership
With Recreation
  Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery


The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department at SUNY Cortland is the most comprehensive professional preparation program of its kind in New York State. Established in 1948 and fully accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association, the department is also one of the oldest and most highly respected programs in the United States. Many of the most distinguished scholars and professionals in the recreation field began their careers by studying here. The curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities in outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, recreation management and recreation programming and leadership in a wide variety of settings and agencies. See the department Web page for an in-depth description of degree offerings.

Special Features

  • Very bright job market for recreation graduates, as predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor
  • High employment rate (more than 95 percent) of graduates
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty committed to students
  • Internship experience
  • The Annual Cortland Recreation Conference — one of the premier recreation conferences in the northeast
  • Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake 
  • Home to New York's Inclusive Recreation Resource Center, the National Coalition for Education in the Outdoors, and the New York State Outdoor Education Association
  • Opportunities for International Study
  • Suggested minors in Environmental and Outdoor Education (see Environmental and Outdoor Education) and Tourism Development (see Geography Department)
  • Cortland College Recreation Association and Rho Phi Lambda, the national honorary fraternity for recreation students
  • Numerous scholarships for recreation majors


  1. Degree Requirements listed here apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 60 credit hours

Cortland International Program in Recreation

The following titles are among the recreation and leisure courses offered at the London Metropolitan University through Cortland’s Study Abroad Program. These may be substituted for certain major requirements.

The Leisure and Tourism Environment
Public Policy: Leisure and Tourism
Human Resource Management
Organization Management and Design
Destination Marketing
Leisure Planning and Development
Museums and Heritage

The following titles are among the outdoor education and tourism courses offered at St. Martin’s University through Cortland’s Study Abroad Program. These may be substituted for certain major requirements. A wide range of courses in other subjects is also available at St. Martin’s.

Therapeutic and Residential Applications of Outdoor Adventure
Generic Outdoor Skills
Environmental Education
Nature Conservation and Management
Expedition Organization
Tourism Policy and Planning
Leisure and Recreation Policy and Issues


I. Major