Recreation Administration Major

If you dream of working at management-level positions in the diverse field of parks and recreation, this major is for you. You will combine advanced-level study in recreation management and administration with supporting management science courses in the Economics Department.

Careers in Recreation Administration

  • Parks and recreation director
  • State park manager
  • Recreation administrator in a nonprofit agency
  • Commercial recreation management
  • Special events planner

What Will I Learn?

  • Resourcefulness, service-learning and independent thinking in and out of the classroom
  • Analyze commercial recreation development and management
  • Study the planning, design and management of recreation resources

Special Features

Get InvolvedStudent on the ropes course at Raquette Lake

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

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


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