The experience of leisure is a basic facet of life. It is an elemental experience, essential to the total well-being of every person; it is a reflection and expression of the cultural values of a society; it is an important treatment modality. Leisure and recreation services are also essential for healthy communities in terms of social climate, environmental quality, and economic stability. The provision of recreation services is one of the largest industries in the world, whether measured in dollars spent, persons served, hours of time devoted, or resources used. The study of leisure and recreation is a broad discipline, combining aspects of diverse fields of study and professional practice.
Academic Program The curriculum is designed to prepare men and women for positions of supervision and administration in public recreation and parks, therapeutic recreation, outdoor education, voluntary youth and adult services, camp administration, special event planning and management, travel and tourism, commercial recreation, and armed forces recreation.
The curriculum includes courses selected to provide an understanding of human development, service management, and a variety of specialty areas within leisure service professions.
Each major student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all units attempted and achieve a "C" or better in each course of the Recreation major to progress in the sequence of study. Students earning less than a “C” grade in a course required in the major must repeat that course.
Students wishing to substitute courses or deviate in any way from the Department requirements must submit a letter of request to the Department faculty. No more than six units of Recreation-prefix courses may be taken by contract. The Internship is "Letter grade only (A-F)." The Internship is taken the last semester before graduation. No other courses may be taken concurrently with the Internship.