The recreation administration curriculum is built around the three foundational curriculum areas for recreation, sport, and tourism. These areas include leisure theories and services, provisions of diverse recreation planning, and administrative principles and procedures. The major requires a minimum of 57 credit hours.
Recreation Core (33 credit hours)
REC 10200 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services
REC 20300 Adventure Education and Leadership
REC 20600 Leisure in Contemporary Society
REC 24300 Recreation Conferences and Associations
REC 30500 Research and Evaluation in Recreation
REC 31000 Foundation of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 36200 Program Planning and Marketing
REC 38100 Recreation Facility Design and Management
REC 38200 Practicum in Recreation
REC 41000 Recreation Organization and Administration
REC 46200 Recreation Senior Seminar
REC 48200 Internship in Recreation
Emphases Areas (24 credit hours)
In addition to the REC core courses, students seeking a degree in recreation administration must complete one of the following areas of emphasis.
Community Recreation Management
Community recreation includes both nonprofit and public community recreation agencies. The emphasis focuses on the broad programming and management within those departments that serve the community as a whole or a specific population within the community. Knowledge and skills of programming and management may include areas of sport leagues, youth camps, community centers, special events and fairs, parks and open spaces, after school programs, aquatics, trails, fundraising and sponsorships, and public policy.
Outdoor Recreation Management
Outdoor Recreation Management focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for adventure and outdoor education programs that utilizes natural resources that are governed by private, nonprofit, or governmental agencies on the local, state, and federal level. Knowledge and skills of programming and management may include teambuilding facilitation, parks and open spaces, wildlife management, challenge courses, expedition planning, trails, outdoor skills, conservation and preservation, and adventure programs.
Sport and Fitness Management
Sport and Fitness Management focuses specifically on programming and management in the sport and fitness industry. Areas of emphasis may include collegiate campus recreation, amateur sports, fitness facilities, race and event management, as well as sport and fitness programs within the community.
The General Recreation track in Recreation Administration is for students that want to pursue specific interests outside the emphases offered. Areas of interest may include therapeutic and inclusive recreation, arts and culture, law enforcement, social sciences, health and wellness, communications and marketing, social services, and other areas in human services offered in a variety of disciplines.