Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Join one of the fastest growing fields in the nation, at one of only two college in the tri-state area to offer this degree.

As a Recreation and Leisure Studies major, you'll engage in the exciting challenge of building a better quality of life — not only for your community, but for people who strive to achieve both psychological and physical growth.

SJC Brooklyn's dedicated faculty are experienced practitioners, directors and consultants, currently involved in the profession, and are on the cutting edge of challenges and opportunities within the field, which enables us to prepare you for and exciting and fulfilling career within this growing field.

The recreation and leisure studies major features tracks in both therapeutic recreation and leisure services management. For further course offerings and descriptions, check the links below.

Leisure Services Management Major
Do you care about issues in your community?

Leisure Services Management Major

Leisure Service Management professionals focus on quality of life issues within our local and global communities.

Serving all populations, our students’ studies are broad-based and cover everything from direct consumer programming to administrative functions, which include facility management and day-to-day operations. 

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Therapeutic Recreation Major
Meeting Further the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic Recreation Major

Therapeutic Recreation professionals focus on improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

This is achieved through assessing the needs and strengths of individuals, and implementing a wide range of programs, services, and interventions which improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of their consumers. Therapeutic recreation specialists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. 

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Therapeutic Recreation Minor
Further your knowledge and refine your skills.

Therapeutic Recreation Minor

The minor in therapeutic recreation will help to further prepare students interested in working with persons with disabilities in both clinical and community-based settings.

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Tracy CharlesTracy Charles '16
Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology

"I knew from when I went to pre-registration that St. Joseph's College was for me. I felt so welcomed by my peers, professors, faculty, etc. They were so nice, warm and welcomed me with open arms.""

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A Growing Opportunity


According to the US department of labor bureau labor statistics January 8, 2014; “the 2012-22 Job Outlook, therapeutic recreation jobs are growing at 13% (as fast as average), while leisure services management positions are growing at 14%.” 

Professionals with a degree in recreation and leisure studies work in a variety of settings, such as community agencies; federal, state and local government agencies; private commercial enterprises; sports and youth development organizations; not-for-profit organizations; hospitals and rehabilitation settings, as well as travel, hospitality and entertainment venues.

Professionals work with children, adults, families and communities to ensure that the lives of people are enhanced and that the benefits of recreation are realized and available to persons with and without disabilities.