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Recreation Leadership (REC)

Recreation Leadership (REC)

103 Backpacking and Hiking
This experiential course emphasizes basic knowledge and skill development in backpacking and hiking while emphasizing low impact techniques. In addition to regular classroom meetings, students will participate in day and weekend outings. Meets Activity requirement in Liberal Arts Core.
Two hours, one credit.

104 Rock Climbing and Rappelling
This experiential course emphasizes basic knowledge and skill development in rock climbing and rappelling. In addition to regular classroom meetings, students will participate in day and weekend outings. Meets Activity requirement in Liberal Arts Core.
Two hours, one credit.

105 Winter Camping
This experiential course emphasizes basic knowledge and skill development in winter camping while emphasizing low impact techniques. In addition to regular classroom meetings, students will participate in day and weekend outings. Meets Activity requirement in Liberal Arts Core.
Two hours, one credit.

106 Outdoor Water Sports
This experiential course emphasizes basic knowledge and skill development for the safe participation in outdoor water sports such as canoeing and kayaking. In addition to regular classroom meetings, students will participate in day and weekend outings. Meets Activity requirement in Liberal Arts Core.
Two hours, one credit.

139 Orienteering
This experiential course emphasizes basic knowledge and skill development for the safe participation in orienteering. Orienteering is the art of navigating through an area with map and compass. The course introduces orienteering with emphasis on the activity as both a sport as well as an educational tool. Meets Activity requirement in Liberal Arts Core.
Two hours, one credit.

165 World Ecotourism Destinations and Cultures
This course is a study of top ecotourism destinations around the world. Students will learn about the cultures, environments, and tourist sites that draw tourists to each destination. Students will also learn about push/pull travel motivations, basic tourism theory, and leisure of different cultures.
Three hours, three credits.

260 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
A study of recreation and leisure philosophies, concepts, and theories. Familiarizes the student with the various leisure service agencies and looks at the history and development of recreation and leisure as a profession.
Three hours, three credits.

265 Foundations of Ecotourism
As an overview of general principles and theory of the hospitality and tourism industry with a focus on ecotourism, this class is a critical stepping stone of knowledge preparing students for a career in ecotourism. Topics include origin of ecotourism; ecotourism environments, present characteristics of the ecotourism market and destination development; importance of ecotourism to state and federal economies; environmental, economic, and socio cultural impacts; and implications of business and non-business eco-travel.
Three hours, three credits.

271, 370, 371, 470, 471 Recreation Practicum
Designed to allow students to obtain practical hands-on experience working in the recreation and leisure field. Students will be required to spend a minimum of 50 hours with an approved agency for the 1 credit hour. This course is required before Recreation Internship (REC 499) can be taken. May be repeated for up to 5 credits.
Prerequisite REC 260.
One credit each.

321 Outdoor Recreation Concepts and Programs
A study of the factors involved in the planning, development, and programming of outdoor recreation services. Emphasis will be placed on combining field trips and experience with classroom exposure to provide for optimal learning.
Three hours, three credits.

325 Wilderness Leadership I
An experiential approach to developing concepts and skills of planning, administering, and evaluating outdoor adventure recreation programs. Students will participate in backpacking, rock climbing, and rappelling, whitewater canoeing and rafting, initiative and ropes courses, wilderness survival, and other selected outdoor adventure activities.
Three hours, three credits.

329 Foundations of Adventure Based Counseling
(see SWK 329)
Three credits.

331 Community Leisure Services
In-depth exploration of the types of recreation programs, facilities, and services provided by public and private non-profit community service organizations. Focus is on cooperative programming and joint use of facilities with schools, public housing authorities, social services agencies, and law enforcement agencies. Special attention on at-risk youth and "latch-key" children.
Three hours, three credits.

332 Camp Administration
This course studies the historical and philosophical development of organized camping with emphasis on the organizational structure, administrative process, and daily operation of camp management.
Three hours, three credits.

334 Commercial Recreation
A project and task-oriented course designed to study resort programs, convention planning, facilities leasing, and innovations in commercial recreation.
Three hours, three credits.

335 Ecotourism Administration
This course will examine the administrative practices of a successful and sustainable ecotourism business. Topics include understanding the ecotourism industry, the planning process, marketing, travel trade, building partnerships, and customer service.
Three hours, three credits.

341 Program Planning and Leadership
This course is an overview of methods and structures used in recreation programs with emphasis on
preparing recreation leaders to effectively address a variety of populations and settings. In addition, the course introduces and explores the theories of group and social dynamics and their effect on recreation programming.
Four hours, four credits.

343 Facilitation of Adventure Pursuits
This course explores the methods and techniques used in processing adventure activities. Focus will be placed on the communication, ingenuity, trust, personal challenge and group dynamics that occur during adventure activities. The conscious use of frontloading, metaphors, and story lines will also be explored.
Three hours, three credits.

350 Risk Management, Safety, and Legal Issues in Recreation Administration
A systematic investigation regarding current trends and court rulings in the area of athletics and recreation, with emphasis on common law.
Three hours, three credits.

360 Recreation Leadership Theory and Philosophy
This course is a study of recreation leadership and leisure philosophies, concepts, and theories including play, liminality, freedom, wilderness, attention restoration theory, biophilia, risk, adventure, and others.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

361 Outdoor Education
This course will examine the field of outdoor education and interpretation with particular attention to learning styles, learning theory and application, planning and implementation of lessons, and evaluation of programs for various participants in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on experiential learning through a variety of media.
Three hours, three credits.

372 Eco-Adventure
This course is a hands-on ecotourism experience that provides a powerful case study of the relationship between ecotourism and its role in community development (i.e. Costa Rica). Specifically, students will participate in a variety of adventure and cultural activities that illustrate how tourism can promote local economic development, environmental conservation, and education. Students will be required to participate in meetings during the spring semester.
Three hours, three credits.

375 Wilderness Leadership II
This course continues the study of wilderness leadership with major emphasis on the planning process and leadership in the field. Experimental involvement and advanced skill development in varied adventure activities will be emphasized.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

391 Cultural and Heritage Tourism
An in-depth exploration of tourism to cultural and heritage sites. Local examples of existing culture and heritage sites/destinations will be used as case studies to show the effectiveness of using culture and heritage sights as tools of local economic development, strengthening community, and preserving culture/heritage. Additional topics will include history of culture and heritage tourism, today's culture and heritage tourism industry, marketing and market segmentation, and designing and programming cultural and heritage tours.
Three hours, three credits.

410 Recreation Administration
Reviews the nature and meaning of recreation administration particularly as it relates to public recreation agencies. Areas of concentration include management, organization, board and executive relations, personnel practices, fee structures, and office management.
Three hours, three credits.

413 Recreation Facility Planning, Development, and Maintenance
A systematic study of the strategies involved in planning and maintaining recreational and sports facilities.
Three hours, three credits.

421 Issues in Sustainable and Ecotourism
A capstone course that explores the many facets of ecotourism in a research and seminar format. Special attention will be paid to ecotourism as a responsible form of tourism in which protecting natural environments and cultures while improving local economies are the primary goals. Students will learn about using ecotourism as means of protecting green space and integrating local people into the tourism process to all stages of development.
Three hours, three credits.

440 Recreation Seminar
Designed to synthesize the recreation and leisure student's classroom and practical experience. An emphasis will be placed on discussing current literature in recreation philosophy, new concepts and ideas, and future directions in recreation. Additional activities will include professional preparation techniques, invited speakers, and the planning of an on-campus professional activity.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Prerequisite: REC 260.
Three hours, Three credits.

450 Special Events Planning and Management
Recreation and tourism professionals are increasingly becoming involved in major special events, conventions, fairs and exhibitions, and theatre arts productions. This course will deal with the intricacies of planning, conducting, and evaluating such events with special focus on: sponsorships; promotions; food, beverage, and lodging needs; transportation logistics; and the measuring of economic impact.
Three hours, three credits.

475, 492 Special Studies in Recreation and Leisure
An opportunity for students to become involved in research, studies of special interest, or practical experiences not available through other courses or internships.
Prerequisite: REC 260.
One to three hours, one to three credits.

499 Internship
The internship in Recreation and Leisure is a required off-campus work or volunteer experience in an approved leisure services agency. Agencies may be in the public, private, commercial, industrial, educational, church-related, therapeutic, or armed forces sectors. The internship experience must be a minimum of 400 hours and ten weeks.
Prerequisites: REC 260, 270, 370, and 50 hours approved work experience.
Four credits.