Recreation Leadership Program

Recreation Leadership Program

(minor required) B.S. Degree

The Recreation Leadership program is founded on the principle that healthy recreation and leisure pursuits are critical to the development of the complete individual with a holistic approach to living. The recreation professional, regardless of the specific sector, is crucial in delivering high quality recreation and leisure experiences that impact individuals in meaningful ways. Through experiential and traditional learning environments coupled with direct application of theory and best practices, the Recreation Leadership student will develop core competencies and build on the leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for success in a broad range of career settings.

The Recreation Leadership major prepares the student for a variety of recreation settings including local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, recreation services, natural and historic interpretation agencies, as well as commercial enterprises. The major is also offered as a minor for those students pursuing other programs. Two minors, Ecotourism and Outdoor Recreation, complement the major.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   REC 499 Internship

Required Liberal Arts Core Courses
   ESC 102 Introduction to Environmental Science 4

Degree Specific Requirements

   BUS 201 Personal Finance 3
   SSC 251 Introduction to Social Science Research 3
   ESC 313 Natural Resource Management 3
   BUS 311 Marketing 3

Required Common Courses (36 hours)

   REC 103, 104, 106 or REC 139 1
   REC 165 World Ecotourism Destinations and Cultures 3
   REC 260 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure 3
   REC 360 Recreation Leadership Theory and Philosophy 3
   REC 331 Community Leisure Services 3
   REC 334 Commercial Recreation 3
   REC 341 Program Planning and Leadership 4
   REC 350 Risk Management, Safety, and Legal Issues in Recreation Administration 3
   REC 410 Recreation Administration 3
   REC 413 Recreation Facility Planning, Development, and Maintenance 3
   REC 440 Recreation Seminar 3
   REC 499 Internship 4


Required Electives (Choose 9 hours from the following):

   ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I 3
   ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II 3
   BUS 304 Advertising 3
   CSC 230 Web Design 3
   ECO 315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
   EPD 201 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Development 3
   ESC 302 Conservation Biology 3
   HHP 200 Health and Wellness Concepts 3
   SOC 470 Social Science Research 3
   REC 450 Special Events Planning and Management 3
   REC 343 Facilitation of Adventure Pursuits (non-Outdoor Rec minors only) 3
   REC 332 Camp Administration (non-Outdoor Rec minors only) 3
   REC 325 Wilderness Leadership I (non-Outdoor Rec minors only) 3
   REC 475 Special Topics 3
   Any Study-Abroad /E-term Travel Course: (i.e. ESC 205, 206, 207, 208, REC 372, 391      or other similar courses. 3-4
   Any foreign language course 3


Total Hours Required in Major    45
(minor required)