Bachelor of Science
The parks and recreation industry involves directing and managing the programs and business operating systems of recreation settings such as park districts, national parks, community recreation departments, private clubs, resorts, organized camps, outdoor centers and youth organizations. Parks and Recreation graduates manage the $350 billion annual revenues generated by the leisure services industry, community agencies and youth recreation organizations. The recreation administration program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Association of Leisure and Recreation.
The purpose of the parks and recreation program is to prepare students for entry-level leadership positions in recreation settings. The program enables students to develop core values of integrity, citizenship, excellence and lifelong learning and acquire foundational recreation administration knowledge and skills. Additionally, the development of critical thinking, written and oral communication skills are addressed throughout the curriculum.
Students in recreation administration are expected to pass the national certification examination to become a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Students are also advised throughout the undergraduate program that parks and recreation professionals must continually update their professional knowledge and skills during and after degree completion.
Parks and Recreation Core, Support Courses and Service Requirements
Parks and recreation majors take core professional and supportive courses and complete general education degree requirements. In addition, prior to the recreation administration internship, students must provide written documentation of three different activity skill competencies. Students may fulfill the skill requirement by choosing three semester hours of recreation activity courses, skill workshops, or demonstrate skill competency with documentation of certification cards earned from external agencies such as the American Red Cross.
Required Core Program: 44 semester hours in courses; 12 semester hours internship
|REC1750||Practicum in Outdoor Living Skills (4)|
|REC1760||Leisure and Society (4)|
||Recreational Leadership (4)|
|REC2500||Working with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations (4)|
|REC3200||Campus Recreation (4)|
|REC3330||Recreation Programming (4)|
|REC3390WI||Recreation Administration: Issues and Ethics (4)|
|REC3400||Outdoor Recreation and Education (4)|
|REC4100||Commercial Recreation Management (4)|
|REC4370||Facilities Management (4)|
|REC4790||Parks and Recreation Internship (12)|
|REC4980||Senior Seminar in Parks and Recreation (4)|
Required Support Core: 7 semester hours
|MTH2320||General Statistics (3)
|PSY3250||Lifespan Development (4)
Student Performance Review and Evaluation Process
Professional parks and recreation education requires high standards of academic, personal and professional conduct to prepare students for a successful career in parks and recreation. The educational program at the undergraduate level requires the student to develop professional ethics, values, knowledge and skills.
The parks and recreation program faculty reserves the right to maintain academic standards for admission and retention in the undergraduate program above and beyond compliance with the academic standards of the university. In addition, the parks and recreation faculty has determined that there are professional competencies and conduct not measurable by academic achievement alone. Therefore, the parks and recreation program faculty reserves the right to make decisions regarding admission and retention of students based on high standards of personal and professional conduct.
For successful parks and recreation career placement, students will complete professional pre-internship practica and internship professional field experiences. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate high standards of ethics, values, knowledge, skills, and both personal and professional conduct throughout their academic program in class and during field placements. The parks and recreation program faculty utilizes the student performance review and evaluation process to give students feedback on their professional development each term. The faculty will honor not only the rights of students, but also the rights of pre-internship- and internship-partnering agencies, clients and others to whom the student relates in a professional role.
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