What You’ll Learn
It’s nice to get out for some fresh air or a relaxing vacation, but it wouldn’t be the same without the efforts of professionals. It takes many people to organize an activity, or keep our parks clean and healthy. Majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies gives you the knowledge and skills to be one of those people.
You might like the Recreation and Leisure Studies major if you coordinate fun things to do for you and your friends, like big parties or fishing trips. You might also live an active lifestyle, or spend a lot of your time outdoors.
As a Recreation and Leisure Studies major, you’ll be trained for management roles in the public, nonprofit, and government recreation related agencies. You can choose from three concentrations to tailor your experience:
- Recreation Management prepares you to work in the field — literally. Organize activities for public parks and recreation agencies.
- Tourism Management prepares you to work in professional positions in resorts and other tourism settings.
Therapeutic Recreation works with issues surrounding addictions and mental and physical disabilities. Before graduating, you’ll also be eligible for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
We recommend submitting first-year applications in October or early November. We decide your admission once you complete your application.
Next Deadline for Transfer Students
Fall Semester: August 1Undergraduate Admissions
Recreation and Leisure Studies majors complete two internships during the program. First you’ll spend a summer semester gaining some practical experience. Then during your senior year, you’ll take a more in-depth, local internship for full career preparation. That way, you leave the University with some career experience and a degree.
The Recreation and Leisure Studies major is about growth. Not just for you, but for your community, too.
Event planners can find employment in tourism with resorts, amusement parks, and more. City and county recreation leaders manage facilities, plan youth sports programs, festivals, and other community events. A solid background in therapeutic recreation can help you earn the experience to manage nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, medical facilities or agencies.
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