Course Descriptions — Parks and Recreation

Required Supportive Core Courses

MTH2320 General Statistics
3 semester hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will include: types of data, frequency distributions and histograms, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, probability, probability distributions including binomial, normal probability and student’s t distributions, standard scores, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression analysis. This course is open to any student interested in general statistics and it will include applications pertaining to students majoring in athletic training, pre-nursing and business. (Fall)
Prerequisite: GEN1200.

PSY3250 Lifespan Development
4 semester hours
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issues, and stages will be explored. Note that credit cannot also be earned in either PSY3350 or PSY3360. Psychology majors should not enroll in this course, as this course does not count toward the psychology major. (Fall)
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Meets General Education “Social Inquiry” requirement.

Core Program Courses

REC1060 Fundamental Outdoor Skills
4 semester hours
This course combines fundamental outdoor skills (typically rock climbing, backpacking and bicycle touring) into a single rigorous skills training course. Topics include terminology, equipment, planning/preparation, safety and environmental impact with hands-on experience. Students will work individually and in groups, fostering the ability to teach others. Elective course. (Fall)
No prerequisites.

REC1750 Practicum in Outdoor Living Skills
4 semester hours
A four-day, three-night resident course scheduled for late August prior to the beginning of the fall term. Students learn outdoor-living, environmental and camp programming. (Fall)
Prerequisites: Special registration; ability to pass a medical examination; ability to pass a swim test (if you cannot pass the swim test, you must wear a PFD during all water activities). Additional room, board and materials fee is required. Group camping equipment provided.

REC1760 Leisure and Society
4 semester hours
This course focuses on the phenomena of leisure, recreation and play and their impact on individuals and society. It traces the historical development of recreation and leisure and the corresponding concepts of time, work, meaning, pleasure, culture, technology and rapid change. Students are challenged to think critically about the issues related to choices an individual and society make when using “free time” and the resulting benefits and consequences. (Spring)
No prerequisites.

REC2220 Recreation Leadership
4 semester hour
This course focuses on the development of foundational leadership knowledge and skills within the recreation field. Students will learn about various leadership styles, interpersonal and organizational communication, motivational theories, group dynamics, process and technical skills, as well as knowledge of liability and risk management issues. (Fall)
No prerequisites.

REC2500 Working with Diverse Populations in Parks and Recreation
4 semester hours
This course will focus on theoretical and practical issues encountered in serving diverse populations in parks and recreation. It will provide the student with an introduction to the practice of inclusive programming for persons with disabilities as well as programming concepts for the elderly, gender specific groups and ethnically diverse populations. (Spring)
No prerequisites.

REC3040 Sporting Event Management
4 semester hours
This course explores the role of event management in specific relation to sporting events. Students will investigate the role of sport in society, participant and spectator needs and satisfaction, and management responsibilities in club sports, intramurals and athletics. Students will develop an understanding of the comprehensive administrative aspects of sporting events including organizational philosophy, financing, facilities, equipment, risk management, legal considerations, personnel management, marketing and sports information. Elective course.
No prerequisites.

REC3200 Campus Recreation
4 semester hours
This course provides insight into the many facets of campus recreation, including foundational theories, programming, facilities, management issues and professional aspects. Developmental needs and behaviors of traditional age college students will be incorporated into the foundation of this course. (Spring)
No prerequisites.

REC3330 Recreation Programming
4 semester hours
Introduction to programming concepts and theory for delivering recreation and leisure programs. Planning, implementing and evaluating program services. Addresses a variety of program formats including education, competition and special events. (Spring)
Prerequisite: REC2220 or equivalent experience determined by instructor.

REC3400 Outdoor Recreation and Education
4 semester hours
Students study outdoor education theory and philosophy, and apply their learning by preparing and delivering lessons to visiting students. Topics include introduction to outdoor education curriculum development, teaching techniques and administrative programming practices. Students will participate in developing curricula and activities appropriate for extending academic classroom subjects to the outdoors according to state standards of education. (Fall)
Prerequisite: Junior standing.

REC3990 Recreation Administration: Issues and Ethics
4 semester hours
This course will examine organizational structure, personnel supervision, budget and finance of leisure service organizations. It will then investigate ethical issues and situations in the profession. Students will employ critical thinking skills in applying both their own values and knowledge and the core values of the university: integrity, citizenship, continuous learning and excellence. Other topics will include multicultural competence, gender equity, accessibility, use of the environment, as well as professionalism and competence. (Fall)
Prerequisites: IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher. Junior standing.
Meets Writing Intensive requirement.

REC4020 Adventure Education
4 semester hours
This course introduces the students to adventure education, philosophy, programming ethics, methods, facilitation techniques and safety and risk management. Activities may include initiatives, rock climbing and other personal challenges. Elective course.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

REC4100 Commercial Recreation Management
4 semester hours
This course explores commercial recreation management as a major component of the leisure service delivery system for profit. Students study the development potential of different types of entrepreneurial recreation enterprises. Topics will include resources needed, location, risks, sources of financing, pricing, managerial requirements, marketing, consulting and technical assistance. Students will study for-profit business plans for leisure services enterprises. (Spring)
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

REC4370 Facilities Management
4 semester hours
Presents principles for planning, assessing, and evaluating resources, areas, and facilities. Topics include scheduling, planning and design, assessing resources, routine and preventative maintenance, care of outdoor and natural areas, and impact on the environment. (Spring)
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

REC4500 Fine Arts Event Management
4 semester hours
This course explores the role of event management in specific relation to music-, art-, or theatre-type events. Students will investigate the role of fine arts in society, participant and spectator needs and satisfaction, and management responsibilities. Students will develop an understanding of the comprehensive administrative aspects of fine art-oriented events, including organizational philosophy, financing, facilities, equipment, risk management, legal considerations, personnel management, marketing and sports information. Elective course.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.

REC4790 Recreation Administration Internship
12 semester hours
Students complete a 400-hour/16-week internship at a professional recreation agency. The agency supervisor, the university internship supervisor, and the student work as a team to develop a comprehensive hands-on learning experience for the student. Internship contract must have approval from both the Recreation Administration Internship Coordinator and the Department Chairperson. (Fall/spring/summer)
Prerequisites: Senior standing; REC2220, REC3330, REC4370, or consent of Recreation Administration Internship Coordinator and the Department Chairperson.

REC4980 Senior Seminar in Parks and Recreation
4 semester hours
This course will focus on preparing the student for the internship experience and beyond. Topics will include integrating theory with best practices in the field, professional core competencies, ethics, professional organizations, certification, the development of resumes and cover letters, as well as interviewing skills. (Spring)
Prerequisite: Senior standing.