Learn it. Love it. Live it!
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers these majors: outdoor adventure leadership, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include:
- Many opportunities for experiential learning
- Low faculty-student ratios
- A liberal arts education blended with a professional degree
- Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
- Fully accredited curriculum
Outdoor Adventure Leadership – Outdoor adventure leadership majors develop skills to help others appreciate, respect, and enjoy their natural environment while leading safe and enjoyable adventure experiences. This major is designed for individuals who are enthusiastic about activities such as hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, and alpine travel, as well as those who would like to use these skills as a catalyst for growth in themselves and those they serve. Students embark on a semester-long experiential wilderness adventure to develop a personal ethic toward wilderness, professional competence, and transferable leadership skills.
Recreation Management – Recreation is an important, cultural, and economic force that influences well-being and quality of life. Recreation managers work in a wide variety of venues - from public parks and recreation agencies to campus recreation and private for-profit recreation businesses such as clubs, resorts, and ski areas - to help promote personal growth, fitness, and wellness through recreation, and to provide healthy leisure choices. As a recreation management major you will study management, administration, programming, and leadership theory in the classroom and apply it in a number of hands-on learning experiences.
Therapeutic Recreation – Therapeutic recreation specialists use recreation as an intervention to promote independence, quality of life, and functioning for individuals with disabilities and other health conditions. Therapeutic recreation specialists assess physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, strengths and aspirations and, with this information, develop individualized treatment plans and intervention strategies to support the individual's goals toward health and wellness. Therapeutic intervention is delivered through the full range of recreational activities including the arts, aquatics, horticulture, interaction with pets, sports, games, adventure recreation, and stress management, among many others.