The Division of Health and Movement Science includes majors that relate to the health and well being of individuals within the context of social development. All the division majors are grounded in the liberal arts and incorporate theory with extensive internships, fieldwork and practical applications related to their specific disciplines. Graduates have entered careers in healthcare, parks management, physical fitness training, coaching and teaching. Students may pursue graduate study in areas such as administration, education, physical therapy, counseling or social work.

The Recreation Major prepares students to program and utilize leisure time in creative and meaningful ways. In additon to the core requiremets, students work with an advisor to plan a 12 semester hour emphasis related to their intended career areas such as administration, athletics, natural resources, or therapeutic recreation. Students also complete 12 semester hours of field experience in a professional setting. Graduates are prepared to respond to the challenges of a society in which recreation has become a major industry.

BA Degree — Recreation Major

In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Recreation must complete the 42 semester hours prescribed below:

HMS Division Service Courses: 3 s.h.

  • HMSC4900 Research I 2 s.h.
  • HMSC4910 Research II 1 s.h.

Core Theory Courses: 15 s.h.

  • RECR1100 Introduction to Leisure Services 3 s.h.
  • RECR1210 Theory in Group Leadership and Recreation 3 s.h.
  • RECR3400 The Program Process: Principle and Application 3 s.h.
  • RECR3500 Life and Leisure 3 s.h.
  • RECR4400 Administration in Parks and Recreation 3 s.h.

Required Fieldwork/Internship Experiences: 12 s.h.

  • RECR2500 Fieldwork in Recreation 3 s.h.
  • RECR4500 Practicum in Recreation 9 s.h.

Guided Electives: 12 s.h.

  • These will be very targeted to student career interest and approved by the major academic advisor. They may be selected from among major electives or from other departments offering courses appropriate to the career interest.


Courses in Recreation

+ RECR1100 Introduction to Leisure Services 3 s.h.
Examines the purpose and function of leisure services delivered by governmental and private agencies. Introduction to department curriculum and student professional involvement. Additional fee required. Course is prerequisite to all upper division courses.

+ RECR1210 Theory in Group Leadership and Recreation 3 s.h.
Designed to help students develop creative leadership methods and techniques that can be applied to all leisure settings with a variety of groups.

RECR2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

+ RECR2500 Fieldwork in Recreation 3 s.h.
A minimum of 120 clock hours work experience in an approved leisure service setting. An orientation to the leisure service profession. Prerequisite: Prior consent of coordinator.

RECR3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

+ RECR3350 Sport Facility Management 3 s.h.
Explores problems, principles, and techniques of management, design, and operation of selected elite sport, mass sport and recreation facilities.

+ RECR3360 Outdoor Education (Also EDUC3360) 3 s.h.
The organization, administration, and program activities of outdoor education in the school curriculum and other community agencies.

+ RECR3400 The Program Process: Principle and Application 3 s.h.
Explores the purpose and functions of programs, planning, principles, objectives, organizational behavior, and evaluation. Translation of program theory into practical situations. Opportunity to explore and experiment with programs through 25-hour laboratory exercise.

+RECR3500 Life and Leisure 3 s.h.
An introduction to the broad range of historic and philosophic perspectives which have shaped and continue to influence perceptions of leisure in present life settings. Students will be asked to thoroughly examine personal views in light of these perspectives with an objective of establishing a tentative base of concepts from which to operate as a leisure service professional. Prerequisite: RECR1100.

+ RECR3900 Topics in Recreation 1-3 s.h.
Study of selected topics in recreation, to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: RECR1100.

RECR4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

+ RECR4400 Administration in Parks and Recreation 3 s.h.
Provides basis for understanding the administrative process related to delivery of leisure services. Explores legal foundations, management systems and principles, organizational behavior, and evaluation. Prerequisite: RECR1100.

+ RECR4500 Practicum in Recreation 3-12 s.h.
Twelve hours to be taken concurrently. Laboratory field experience provides for practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Student acquires experience in all phases of leisure service delivery with highly qualified personnel in a selected agency with college faculty supervision. Repeatable to a maximum of twelve hours. Prerequisites: Approval of coordinator and RECR1100.

+Denotes an alternate year course.