Welcome to the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program!
This dynamic undergraduate program 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 us to examine many disciplines as we explore the motivation of individuals within the four domains of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the lifespan and how people use recreation and leisure in their life.
This program is designed to provide a strong academic foundation as well as use a hands-on, experiential approach to provide students with the skill set that they will need outside of the classroom to move into their career. Field trips, service learning, volunteering, and internships all provide a practical learning environment as students work and network with professionals in the field. There are also Study Abroad options of both short, 3-week and semester long sessions for Recreation and Tourism. Two focus areas are offered: Recreation Administration and Outdoor Recreation. Students individually design their course work based on their interests and career goals with the guidance of faculty advisers. This allows for a great amount of flexibility and specialization within the program.
If you enjoy working with people and being active, and you want a career that is fun, fulfilling and allows you to have the satisfaction of knowing that the work that you do improves the fitness, wellness and quality of life of others, then Recreation is the career for you. The recreation, park, and leisure industry is a growing field with an increasing demand for high-quality, well-trained, dedicated professionals. Students may focus on working with youth in urban settings, with persons in wilderness settings, adults in a park and recreation sports program, or in the growing tourism and adventure vacation business. This well-designed, research-based program emphasizes program planning, needs assessment, business management, and economics, as well as education and human development theories.