Bachelor of Science in Education - Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Recreation Administration

Degree Description

The field of recreation and leisure studies is devoted to enhancing personal and community development and improving the quality of life for all citizens through the provision of parks and recreation.  A concentration in recreation administration prepares students for professional and managerial careers in the promotion and organization of leisure and recreation services.

Courses required for major (core curriculum)

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses must be taken in the foundation core:

RLS 2440Foundations of Recreation and Leisure

3 credits

RLS 2500Outdoor Recreation

3 credits

RLS 3100Social Aspects of Sport and Leisure

3 credits

RLS 3500Foundations of Recreation Therapy

3 credits

RLS 4100Facility Design and Management

3 credits

RLS 4240/RLS 8246Recreation Administration

3 credits

RLS 4300/RLS 8306Recreation Programming and Leadership

3 credits

RLS 4400/RLS 8406Travel and Tourism

3 credits

RLS 4550Practicum I

6 credits

RLS 4560Practicum II

6 credits

RLS 4070/RLS 8076Campus Recreation Management

3 credits

 

Students must select 27-29 credits from the following professional specialization courses:

ECON 1200An Introduction to the U.S. Economy

3 credits

PA 1010/UBNS 1010Introduction to Urban Studies

3 credits

PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

MGMT 3710Entrepreneurial Foundations

3 credits

MGMT 3490Management

3 credits

CMST 2410Small Group Communication and Leadership

3 credits

CMST 3520Interviewing

3 credits

CMST 4170/CMST 8176Organizational Communication

3 credits

ACCT 2010Principles of Accounting I

3 credits

GEOG 1030Introduction to Physical Geography

5 credits

SOC 1010Introductory Sociology

3 credits

PHIL 1210Critical Reasoning

3 credits

PHIL 2030Introduction to Ethics

3 credits

And Either

PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector

3 credits

Or

SOC 2510Research Methods

3 credits

(CMST formally known as SPCH)

Students must complete 15 credits of professional support electives including HED 3030 and 12 credits of electives approved by the advisor, along with general electives as needed to meet 120 hours minimum for the degree.

 

Students must complete all required course work, both general and professional, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 before applying for their practicum experiences.  Prior to graduation, all recreation and leisure studies course work must be completed with a least a 2.5 overall GPA and no grade below “C-“.