Bookmark and Share

Majors/Minors

Environmental and Outdoor Education Minor [EOE]

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department

Sharon Todd, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
607-753-4941

This interdisciplinary minor is open to students in all majors. It is valuable to students preparing for careers in elementary and secondary education, scouting, adventure programming, youth and community groups, nature centers, state and national parks and organized outdoor camping programs.

The minor is organized around a core group of courses and allows students to select one of the following specialized “tracks”: environmental education and interpretation, outdoor pursuits or organized camping.

Program Details for Environmental and Outdoor Education Minor [EOE]

Outdoor Recreation [OREC]

The outdoor recreation major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department allows students to focus on different aspects of the outdoor recreation/education field. Outdoor leadership, natural resource recreation management, camp management and environmental and cultural interpretation are designated concentrations in this major. This major, as well as the concentration in Natural Resource Recreation Management, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Career Potential

  • Outdoor leader in a variety of agencies from Outward Bound, to campus outdoor programs, to camps
  • Camp director
  • State or national park manager
  • Outdoor educator or interpretation specialist with nature centers, parks and other environmental agencies

Program Details for Outdoor Recreation [OREC]

Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Camp Management [OREC_CAMP]

This outdoor recreation major allows students to focus on camp management. See Outdoor Recreation [OREC] for requirements.

Program Details for Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Camp Management [OREC_CAMP]

Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Environmental and Cultural Interpretation [OREC_ENV]

This outdoor recreation major allows students to focus on environmental and cultural interpretation. See Outdoor Recreation [OREC] for requirements.

Program Details for Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Environmental and Cultural Interpretation [OREC_ENV]

Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Natural Resources Recreation Management [OREC_NRRM]

This outdoor recreation major allows students to focus on natural resources recreation management. This concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). See Outdoor Recreation [OREC] for requirements.

Program Details for Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Natural Resources Recreation Management [OREC_NRRM]

Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Outdoor Leadership [OREC_LEAD]

This outdoor recreation major allows students to focus on outdoor leadership. See Outdoor Recreation [OREC] for requirements.

Program Details for Outdoor Recreation: Concentration in Outdoor Leadership [OREC_LEAD]

Recreation [REC]

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

Program Details for Recreation [REC]

Recreation Management [RMGT]

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)

Program Details for Recreation Management [RMGT]

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

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

Program Details for Recreation: Concentration in Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery [REC/LRPD]

Therapeutic Recreation [TR]

Therapeutic recreation services are provided to individuals with disabilities and other diverse needs in a variety of settings, from hospitals, to group homes, to human service centers.

Advanced-level study in therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation and human services allows graduates of this major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department to qualify to sit for the national certification examination to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. This major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Career Potential

  • Therapeutic recreation specialist in health-care facilities such as rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric centers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist in long-term care facilities
  • Therapeutic recreation manager
  • Inclusion specialist in community parks and recreation departments or nonprofit agencies

Program Details for Therapeutic Recreation [TR]