2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 20, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Recreation [REC]


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This major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department  prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. Because all people seek recreation services in a spectrum of agencies and settings, this degree provides a foundation in liberal arts, leadership, human relations and management skills. This major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge:  a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
  4. Demonstrate the sustained ability to apply the recreation process, use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in any REC course except REC 475
  • Outdoor Recreation Major Requirements
    • 41 credits in any REC course except REC 475

Career Potential

  • Parks and recreation director
  • Activity director
  • YWCA/YMCA director
  • Camp director

B. Internship: 12 credit hours


Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in the internship.

C. Other: 29 credit hours


  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (17-21 cr. hr.)
  • First Aid Requirement: certification in First Aid/CPR/AED or higher

This certification is a prerequisite for REC 475: Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services and must be current for the duration of the REC 475 internship. Acceptable certifications can be found in the advisement manual.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121


Example of the B.S. in Recreation over four years


Links to General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester: 16


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 16


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 16


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 15


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester 12


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