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Recreation Management (B.S.)

Recreation is an important social, cultural, and economic force that influences well-being and quality of life. Recreation managers help promote personal growth, fitness, and wellness through recreation by providing healthy leisure choices. They work in a wide variety of leisure service agencies: local parks and recreation departments, state and national parks, youth camps, YMCAs, Boys and Girls clubs, as well as private for-profit recreation businesses such as clubs, resorts, and ski areas.

As a recreation management major, you will study management, administration, and leadership theory in the classroom and apply it in a number of hands-on learning experiences that include two 120-hour service-learning placements at local community agencies. Working with an agency supervisor, you will gain valuable firsthand experience in the design and implementation of recreation programs as well as in program management, staff supervision, budgeting, and public relations.

This combination of theory and experiential learning will help to prepare you for the required semester-long internship. The internship experience will enable you to further your professional development by working with professionals in a leisure service agency selected by you and approved by the department internship coordinator. Students have recently completed internships with resorts in the Florida Keys, summer camps in New England, YMCAs, cruise ships, municipal recreation departments, and private health clubs.

Our recreation management program will prepare you for a rewarding career in public parks and recreation, youth services, leadership development, commercial recreation, tourism, or hospitality. As Americans spend more and more time working at desk jobs and get less physical exercise during their daily lives, organized recreational activities become more necessary. The demand for trained recreation managers, therefore, is constantly growing.