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Recreation [REC] (Major)

This major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. Because all people seek recreation services in a spectrum of agencies and settings, this degree provides a foundation in liberal arts, leadership, human relations and management skills. This degree is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Career Potential

  • Parks and recreation director
  • Activity director
  • YWCA/YMCA director
  • Camp director

A. Required Courses: 39 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.)
    Additional REC electives - 9 credit hours
B. Internship: 12 credit hours

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

  • REC 475 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services (12 cr. hr.)
C. Other: 29 credit hours
  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (17-21 cr. hr.), which could include HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies to meet the first aid requirement
  • 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 over four years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE 1
  • GE 3
  • GE 5
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 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.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE 2
  • GE 4
  • GE 6
  • Activity reqirement (1 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.)
    or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • GE 7
  • GE 9
  • GE 13
  • 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
  • GE 12
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 370 - Outdoor Education Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
    or HLH 120 plus 1 credit hour elective
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • REC elective
  • REC elective
  • Liberal arts elective
  • 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
  • REC elective
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Activity requirement (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 470 - Senior Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 445 - Administration of Recreation (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.)