Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies

When you major in one of our recreation programs, you follow in the footsteps of a long line of leaders in the field.

Our faculty are highly respected teachers and scholars who will give you the personal attention you need to succeed. You’ll have the opportunity to do internships and fieldwork in parks, hospitals, recreation departments and other settings in the U.S. and abroad.

Our definition of “classroom” is extremely broad — you can get academic credit for kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.

Cortland has the longest-running and most comprehensive recreation program in New York and is one of only three U.S. colleges with national accreditation in all four of its recreation majors.

Our alumni network of accomplished professionals, combined with your Cortland degree, will put you on the path to a rewarding career.

William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental Outdoor Education

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, SUNY Cortland’s educational facilities on Raquette Lake include the Antlers lodge, Kirby Camp and Huntington Memorial Camp, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system. This unique learning environment is great for research activities, teacher workshops and high school classes. Learn More. Get Directions.

IRRC

Check out the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland Funded in part by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

Housed at SUNY Cortland, the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors is a national leaders in outdoor education. Check out CEO

Community Bike Project

Visit the Community Bike Project site to learn more about the SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project.


News

Devoted Teacher Helps Youngsters See Themselves in College

Heather Kelly Marzullo brings students from a high-needs school to the College for a taste of campus life.

Chancellor’s Awards Honor Four Faculty and Staff Members

The recipients will be honored during undergraduate commencement ceremonies May 15 and 16.

New York Actor to Discuss Gay Culture

David Lata grew up in the church and spent a summer in conversion therapy.

Student Climber Rescues Trapped Dog

The manager of Cortland's new climbing wall went where nobody else could.

College Adds Online Certificate in Recreation

The online graduate certificate program in therapeutic recreation launches in 2015-16.

Clubs/Societies

Rho Phi Lambda Honor Society, An Honorary Fraternity for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services

 

Join SCRA

SCRA is Cortland's recreation major's club.



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