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College of Education and Human Development
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies

Imagine a job leading a wilderness trip for kids, designing health and fitness programs for teens, providing recreational opportunities for college students, organizing sports tournaments for baby boomers…

Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies is designed to prepare students to enter a professional career in a field that provides individuals, families and communities the opportunities to develop a happy, healthy, and satisfying lifestyle. This holistic approach allows you to examine many disciplines as you explore the motivation of individuals within the four domains of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development across the life span. Discover how people use recreation and leisure to improve their quality of life.

Program highlights

Careers with meaning


Potential employers include:

  • State and national parks
  • DNR
  • Fitness/Wellness Centers
  • Military Recreation
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Residential Camps
  • Event Planning
  • Campus Recreation
  • Wilderness Inquiry
  • Outward Bound
  • Public Municipal Parks
  • Environmental Centers
  • Outdoor Outfitters
  • Cruise Lines


Explore careers in recreation, park, and leisure studies.


The program provides a strong academic foundation using a hands-on experiential approach to build the skill sets that students will need in their careers. Field trips, service learning, international study, and internships allow students to work with professionals throughout their academic program.

Two focus areas are offered:

Recreation Administration
Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester (ORIS)

Students individually design their coursework based on their career goals allowing for greater flexibility and specialization.

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