2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 20, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Recreation Administration [RECA]


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Recreation Administration combines advanced-level study in recreation administration with supporting management science courses in the Economics Department. The major prepares students to work at administration-level positions in the diverse field of parks and recreation. The core curriculum of this major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). For more information, see the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department .

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, scope, and foundations of the recreation profession as well as the techniques and processes used by professionals.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of strategic management in recreation, including the formulation and implementation of major organizational goals and objectives.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of operations and supervision as they contribute to the implementation of major organizational goals and objectives.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of financial management in recreation, including budgeting, accounting, and finance.
  5. Demonstrate through a comprehensive internship the ability to apply recreation management concepts and techniques, use diverse and 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 

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. In order to enroll in REC 475, students must achieve the following:

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

Total Credit Hours Required for Major: 80


B. Recreation Administration: 21 credit hours


Event Planning Elective:


Three credit hours from the following list:

Recreation Electives


Select three REC-prefix courses in consultation with advisor (9 cr. hr.)

C. Internship: 12 credit hours


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

D. Other: 19 credit hours


  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 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.

  • Child Abuse Recognition Workshop: No Credit
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (10-14 credits)

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121


Example of the B.S. in Recreation Administration 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: 15


Total credit hours for semester 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Total credit hours for semester: 12


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