The major in recreation may be completed as a four-year program for entering freshman or as an upper-division program for transfer students.
The area of concentration in therapeutic recreation requires the successful completion of 45 credits. Course requirements reflect both the foundations and an area of specialization relevant to the concentration. The degree also requires an extensive internship component, with more than 30 affiliated sites. The internship is a highly structured, field-centered and professionally supervised experience that takes place during the student’s senior year. Many of the internship positions lead to full-time jobs. Upon successful completion of the therapeutic recreation major, students are eligible to sit for the National Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam and to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Students not interested in sitting for the exam must complete REC 487 Therapeutic Recreation Internship Experience.
The area of concentrations in leisure services management and leisure/recreation program delivery requires the successful completion of 45 credits. Course requirements reflect the myriad of leadership and administrative skills necessary for professional preparation in the field.
All majors must complete 100 hours of service in an approved recreation and leisure agency prior to their respective required internship course.