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Recreation: Concentration in Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery [REC/LRPD] (Major)

The leisure/recreation program delivery concentration in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department builds on the core curriculum in recreation programming, adding in-depth knowledge and skills in leadership, supervision, event planning, human growth and development and social behavior. Students can choose a curriculum focused on working with youth or with older adults. This concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Career Potential

  • Campus recreation director
  • After school or teen center programmer
  • Special events planner
  • Retirement community activity director

A. Required Courses: 30 credit hours
  • REC 271 - Foundations of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 280 - Programming in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 370 - Outdoor Education Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 380 - Leadership in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 407 - Evaluation and Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 445 - Administration of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 446 - Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 470 - Senior Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
B. Internship: 12 credit hours

Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in an internship.

  • REC 475 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services (12 cr. hr.)
C. Concentration in Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery: 27 credit hours
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 425 - Leisure Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 427 - Special Events Planning I (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 428 - Special Events Planning II (3 cr. hr.)
Advanced Administration and Supervision Area

Three credit hours from the following:

  • REC 409 - Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 460 - Camp and Outdoor Program Administration (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 503 - Campus Recreation Programming and Administration (3 cr. hr.)
Human Development Area

Three credit hours from the following:

  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 333 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 334 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 cr. hr.)
Social Behavior Area
  • PSY 422 - Social Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
And three credit hours from the following:
  • FSA 525 - Teaching the Inner City Child (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 455 - The Sociology of Leisure (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 508 - Leisure Services for Older Adults (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 220 - Introduction to Social Gerontology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 373 - Deviant Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 425 - Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 462 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 464 - Corrections (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 470 - Sociology of the Family (3 cr. hr.)
Wellness/Healthy Lifestyles Area

Three credit hours from the following:

  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 210 - Wellness and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 301 - Stress Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 313 - Mental and Emotional Health (3 cr. hr.)
D. Other: 14 credit hours
  • Activity Requirement: 2-6 credit hours of recreation activities from at least two different activities
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (2-6 cr. hr.), which could include HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies
  • First Aid Requirement: (0-2 cr. hr.), Certification in American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies or higher. Acceptable certifications can be found in the advisement manual.
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121

Example of the B.S. in Recreation with a Concentration in Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

  • GE 1 course
  • GE 5 course
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • REC 271 - Foundations of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE 2 course
  • GE 4 course
  • GE 6 course
  • Activity requirement (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • GE 7 course
  • GE 9 course
  • GE 13 course
  • REC 280 - Programming in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 380 - Leadership in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GE 8 course
  • GE 12 course
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 370 - Outdoor Education Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • Elective or HLH 120 plus 1 credit hour elective
  • REC 460 - Camp and Outdoor Program Administration (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • REC 425 - Leisure Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 373 - Deviant Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 427 - Special Events Planning I (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 407 - Evaluation and Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 446 - Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • Elective
  • Activity requirement (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 445 - Administration of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 470 - Senior Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 422 - Social Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 428 - Special Events Planning II (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 12

Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in internship.

  • REC 475 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services (12 cr. hr.)