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Recreation Management [RMGT] (Major)

Recreation Management combines advanced-level study in recreation management and administration with supporting management science courses in the Economics Department. The major prepares students to work at management-level positions in the diverse field of parks and recreation. This major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). For more information, see the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department.

Career Potential

  • Parks and recreation director
  • State park manager
  • Recreation administrator in a nonprofit agency
  • Commercial recreation management (for-profit businesses such as resorts)

A. Professional Core 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. Recreation Management: 27 credit hours
  • ECO 111 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 352 - Finance (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 253 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 254 - Principles of Accounting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 344 - Commercial and Entrepreneurial Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 409 - Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
Recreation Planning Elective:

Six credit hours from the following list:

  • REC 427 - Special Events Planning I (3 cr. hr.) and
  • REC 428 - Special Events Planning II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • REC 441 - Site and Facilities Planning (3 cr. hr.) and
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
Management/Administration Elective

One course from the following list:

  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 240 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
C. Internship: 12 credit hours

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

  • REC 475 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services (12 cr. hr.)
    (specific to Recreation Management)
D. Other: 11 credit hours
  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (0-3 cr. hr.), which could includeHLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies to meet 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 Management over four years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE 1 course
  • GE 3 course
  • GE 5 course
  • 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 course
  • GE 4 course
  • GE 6 course
  • Activity requirement (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 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 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 370 - Outdoor Education Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Activity requirement (1 cr. hr.)
  • Elective or HLH 120 plus 1 credit hour elective
  • ECO 111 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 344 - Commercial and Entrepreneurial Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.) or
  • POL 240 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • REC 409 - Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 254 - Principles of Accounting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 427 - Special Events Planning I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 253 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 446 - Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • REC 445 - Administration of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 470 - Senior Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 352 - Finance (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 428 - Special Events Planning II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • REC 441 - Site and Facilities Planning (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 407 - Evaluation and Research (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.)