Recreation and Leisure Studies

Students enrolled in the Recreation and Leisure Studies major may choose one of the following three areas as their concentration: Recreation Management, Tourism Management, or Therapeutic Recreation.


Courses for all three concentrations integrate experiential learning opportunities and students complete a minimum of two internships during their studies. The capstone experience, a 15-week fulltime internship, provides students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an established recreation agency under the supervision of an experienced professional. Program faculty support candidates in locating internship opportunities that complement career goals and interests.

Recreation and Leisure Studies Tracks:

  • Recreation Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Freshmen are advised to take General Education courses during the freshman year. Students must be declared as a Recreation and Leisure Studies major before taking REL coursework.

Required Courses in the Sophomore Year

First Semester Second Semester
  • REL 302 (3 credits)
  • REL 308 (3 credits)
  • REL Track Course* (3 credits)
  • REL 306 (3 credits)
  • REL 312 (3 credits)
  • REL Track Courses* (3-6 credits)

* Choose core or elective courses: e.g. REL 313 (Recreation Management) REL 305, 407, 412 (Therapeutic Recreation) or REL 314 (Tourism Management).


Grade Requirement

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each required REL course. A grade of “C-“ or lower will not meet the requirement.

Further Recommendations

Caution: Students and advisors should remain aware of the 54-credit rule during the advisement process, particularly when selecting general education, guided liberal arts, and general electives.


  • REL302 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure, taken during the Sophomore year, is prerequisite to required major courses which will fill the junior and senior years.
  • The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics do not adequately meet academic, professional or ethical standards.