Recreation

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Donald P. Zingale

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
GYM 307
415-338-2030
Chair: Don Taylor

Graduate Coordinator: Rene Dahl

Faculty

Professor—Michaelis

Associate Professors—Dahl, Severin, Taylor, Tierney

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

Online course desriptions are available.

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 Principles 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 3
REC 420 Leisure and Contemporary Society
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 and 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 Principles 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 fully 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.

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:

Online course descriptions are available. 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 3
Selection of upper division or graduate recreation courses with approval of graduate major adviser and Master's Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations
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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