All students majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies, regardless of concentration, are required to take the following nine core courses (27 credits), in addition to university required courses:
- Introduction to Recreation and Leisure
- Leadership Development
- Activity Development and Leadership
- Inclusive Recreation
- Program Planning and Management
- Internship I
- Organization and Administration In Leisure
- Evaluation and Research
- Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure
Undergraduate students majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies are required to
select from the following areas of concentration:
Community Recreation & Youth Development
Travel & Tourism Management
The student pursuing the bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure studies qualifies when s/he has achieved an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.25. Students not yet at the 2.25 GPA are permitted to take lower division courses but are not permitted to enroll in upper division required courses until the GPA is at or above 2.25.
Typically, a student earns the bachelor's degree with a minimum of 126 credits, which
includes 48 credits fulfilling the liberal arts requirements of the university, 12
credits of cognate courses, 42 credits in the major, plus two internships equaling
9 credits, and 12 general electives from among the university's course offerings.
Students are required to abide by the university's and department's academic honesty policies and to maintain a C or better in all recreation courses. Any student who earns less than a C in any recreation course is permitted to re-enroll for that course, but failing to achieve a C or better a second time may result in the student being discharged from the major.
Applying for the major
Each student expressing a desire to apply for matriculated status with the department is required to meet with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to:
- Open a file
- Complete the necessary documents
- Receive a degree evaluation to verify the GPA standard has been met
- Sign the Academic Honesty policy statement
- Have a faculty adviser assigned, based on concentration choice, who is available to assist the student in course selection, curriculum planning and advancement toward completion of coursework for the degree.
Each student is required, at the junior level, in upper division courses, to start and complete a professional portfolio as s/he advances through the curriculum. At graduation, this portfolio will be representative of the student's work in a variety of courses documenting examples of the student's projects, papers, writing samples, budget development, and other course projects and assignments. In addition, evaluations from the student's internship experiences are included. The portfolio serves as evidence of student achievement of expected learning outcomes.