Bulletin--Recreation Program

Recreation


College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Gail Whitaker (Interim)

Department of Recreation-Leisure Studies
GYM 307
415-338-2030
Chair: William Michaelis

Graduate Coordinator: R. Dahl

Faculty
Professor—Michaelis

Associate Professors—Dahl, Severin, Taylor, Tierney

Lecturers—Jaquith, Rifkin, Schwartz, Therrell

Programs
B.A. in Recreation

Minor in Recreation

M.S. in Recreation


Program Scope
The Bachelor of Arts prepares students for full-time, multi-optional public and private sector careers in leisure services, one of America's largest industries. Students majoring in this program are expected to actively participate in appropriate professional organizations.

Students desiring to major in recreation are encouraged to consult with the Department of Recreation-Leisure Studies as soon as possible. Transfer students should consult with the department upon initial enrollment at the university.

Students desiring to minor in recreation are encouraged to consult with the Department of Recreation-Leisure Studies as soon as possible. They will be directed to a faculty adviser related to their area of specific interest.

The Master of Science in Recreation is designed to qualify students for professional positions of greater responsibility in leisure service management in both the public and private sectors. Within the program, the student is able to choose from a wide range of career path options. Students wishing to become certified as recreation therapists at either the state or national level will become eligible upon completion of the M.S. in Recreation and specified course work, including an internship.

Students are expected to observe requirements stated in this Bulletin and specific department requirements.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RECREATION

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Announcement of Courses section).

Program						Units
REC 200	Introduction to Recreation and Leisure 
	Services				 3
REC 300	Leisure Leadership			 3
REC 380	Developmental Play Processes		 3
REC 400	Theory of Program Planning		 3
REC 410	Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation	 3
REC 500	Organization of Recreation and Leisure 
	Services				 3
REC 520	Park and Outdoor Leisure Resources	 3
REC 550	Planning and Evaluation of Recreation 
	and Leisure Services			 3
REC 660	Seminar in Current Professional Issues	 3
Six units from the following:			 6
	REC 230	Growth Through Adventure
	REC 330	Arts and Crafts for Leisure
	REC 340	Conference and Event Planning 
		and Management
	REC 430	Ecology of Outdoor Recreation
	REC 445	Recreation Therapy and the 
		Expressive Arts
	REC 610	Therapeutic Recreation Princ-
		iples and Procedures: Clinical 
		and Community Applications
In the final semester, students complete a 
twelve-unit Directed Field Experience in 
appropriate recreation or leisure services 
setting. A minimum of 800 hours of paid or 
volunteer work in recreation settings and 
completion of core courses are required 
prior to enrolling in the Directed Experience	12
	REC 680	Directed Field Experience in 
		Recreation and Leisure 
		Services (6)
	REC 690	Directed Management Experience 
		in Recreation and Leisure 
		Services (6)
Additional course work is required for students 
seeking internships in settings which require 
special skills; i.e., outdoor, therapeutic, 
commercial, etc. Such course work is prescribed 
in consultation with an adviser.
		Total for major			45

MINOR IN RECREATION

Required Core					Units
REC 200	Introduction to Recreation and Leisure 
	Services or
	REC 420	Leisure & Contemporary Society	   3
REC 400	Theory of Program Planning		   3
REC 680	Directed Field Experience in Recreation 
	and Leisure Studies			   6
In consultation with an adviser, students should 
select from the following electives according to 
the area of interest:				8-10
General/Community
REC 340	Conference and Event Planning and 
	Management
REC 380	Developmental Play Processes
REC 330	Arts and Crafts for Leisure
Parks and Resources Management
REC 430	Ecology of Outdoor Recreation
REC 520	Park and Outdoor Leisure Resources
One course selected from the following:
	GEOG 418	Management of National 
			Parks & Natural Areas (4)
	GEOL 250	Geology of the National 
			Parks
	BIOL 300	Nature Study
	GEOG 652	Environmental Impact 
			Analysis
Outdoor Recreation
REC 230	Growth Through Adventure
REC 430	Ecology of Outdoor Recreation
One course selected from the following:
	REC 123		Ski Touring and Winter 
			Trekking (2)
	REC 128		Downhill Skiing (2)
	REC 152		Small Boat Sailing (1) and
		REC 184	Small Boat 
			Maintenance (1)
	REC 210	Introduction to Camping
Therapeutic Recreation
REC 380	Developmental Play Processes
REC 410	Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 445	Recreation Therapy and the Expressive 
	Arts or
	REC 610	Therapeutic Recreation Prin-
		ciples and Procedures: Clinical 
		and Community Applications
Commercial Recreation
REC 230	Leisure Travel and Tourism
REC 460	Destination Recreation Resorts
REC 540	Administration of Private Recreation 
	Enterprise
		Minimum total for minor		  21

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RECREATION

Graduate Advisers—Dahl, Michaelis, Jaquith, Taylor, Tierney

Admission to Program
Students interested in this program ordinarily must have received a baccalaureate degree in recreation. However, a degree in a related major (e.g., creative arts, natural science, physical education, psychology, business, special education, public administration, park planning, social welfare, etc.) may be accepted provided such applicants demonstrate through experience and/or training a knowledge of recreation and the ability to program and organize recreation in a variety of settings.

Applicants lacking successful field experiences, professional preparation, full-time paid experience, or an appropriate undergraduate degree may be required to complete indicated undergraduate courses and requirements to become eligible for consideration.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 units of undergraduate work, and submit the following documents to the department: three letters of recommendation, transcripts of all academic work, and a departmental application. A personal interview is recommended.

Classified Status
Students admitted to the department under conditionally classified status may achieve classified status after meeting the conditions set by the department for admission to classified status. Such conditions vary by student experience and undergraduate degree and may include: (a) prerequisite course requirements, such as REC 400, REC 410, REC 500, and REC 520, or judged equivalents; (b) full-time work experience in the field, or judged equivalent, within a specified time frame; and/or (c) a grade of B or better in two graduate courses. Upon successful completion of the conditions, the department recommends to the Dean of the Graduate Division that full-time classified graduate status be accorded to the student.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: students must take the Graduate Essay Test (GET) or petition the department's graduate faculty to approve an equivalent demonstration, either prior to or during the first semester of enrollment. In no case will a student be advanced to candidacy until this requirement is met. Level Two: assessment of writing proficiency takes place near the end of the student's course of study, and is based on performance on either the written comprehensive examination or the thesis. An independent literacy assessment, separate from other proficiency standards and requirements, is carried out for either culminating experience requirement.

Advancement to Candidacy
Besides meeting all general requirements, applicants must:

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Announcement of Courses section). Upper division courses of the department are acceptable on approval of the graduate adviser.

Foundation					Units
REC 710	Research Methods in Recreation and 
	Leisure Studies				 3
REC 730	Foundations of Leisure			 3
REC 750	Leisure Education			 3
Professional Core
REC 850	Human Resources Development in Leisure 
	Services				 3
REC 862	Management of Leisure Services		 3
REC 880	Trends and Issues in Leisure Services	 3
Area of Specialization
Selected courses with adviser approval (maximum 
of nine units upper division courses) in areas 
such as tourism, therapeutic recreation, outdoor 
recreation, gerontology				12
Culminating Experience Option
REC 898	Master's Thesis and Oral Defense or
	Selection of upper division or graduate 
		recreation courses with approval 
		of graduate major adviser and 
	Master's Comprehensive Written and Oral 
		Examinations			 3
		Total				33
NOTE: Total units may exceed 33 units for students with an interest in therapeutic recreation. Students with an interest in therapeutic recreation must complete all requirements for the M.S. in Recreation. If the student desires a state and/or national certification in therapeutic recreation, provision is made for course work and an internship of three to six (3-6) units at an approved agency.

Examination
In addition to the oral defense required of all students, those candidates not completing a thesis must pass a comprehensive written examination. This written examination broadly assesses the student's integration and synthesis of required foundation and professional core content. The comprehensive written examination may be attempted a total of two times.


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