Recreation Major

Contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and their communities with a major in recreation. A foundation in liberal arts, leadership, human relations and management skills, will help prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. With a high employment rate (more than 95 percent of graduates), recreation is your golden ticket to excellence after graduation.

Careers in Recreation

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

What Will I Learn?

  • Choose a curriculum focused on working with youth or older adults.
  • Resourcefulness, service-learning and independent thinking in and out of the classroom

Recreation Concentration Options

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Recreation student explaining a game to local youth

Special Features

  • SUNY Cortland offers graduate programs in recreation.
  • The department is one of the oldest and most highly respected programs in the United States.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty committed to students.

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with these opportunities such as internships and fieldwork in parks, hospitals, recreation departments and other settings in the U.S. and abroad.

Student Clubs and Activities

  • SUNY Cortland Recreation Association
  • Inclusive Recreation Club
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Honor Societies

Rho Phi Lambda

Next Steps

Contact Us

Main office: Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
Phone: 607-753-4941
Fax: 607-753-5982

Fast Facts

  • High employment rate (more than 95 percent) of graduates
  • SUNY Cortland operates the longest-running and most comprehensive recreation program in New York State.
  • The College historically has been one of only three U.S. colleges of universities with national accreditation in all four of its recreation majors.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 121


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

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