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Graduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)


Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Hartwell Hall
(716) 395-2643



Chairperson: Brian J. Mihalik, Ed.D., Temple University. Professor/Graduate Coordinator: David L. Jewell, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Assistant Professors: Karen Bibbins, Joel L. Frater, Ed.D., Temple University, Susan "Boon" Murray, Ed.D., Temple University. Lecturer: Kirt Compton. Adjunct Lecturers: Kirt Compton, Arthur Graham, Mary Betty Monahan.

The department offers the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies for students interested in advanced professional study in therapeutic recreation or recreation and leisure services management. It also accommodates individuals interested in the disciplinary aspects of recreation and leisure behavior.

Brief Graduate Admissions Criteria
A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate grade point average in the undergraduate major and in the total undergraduate degree program is required for regular admission (matriculation) into the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies program. Students failing to meet this standard are required to complete six to nine credits of 500-level or above required courses on a non matriculated basis. If a minimum GPA of 3.0 is met, then the applicant will be considered for regular admission/matriculation.

Applicants without undergraduate degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies may be required to complete baccalaureate-level prerequisite course work in Recreation and Leisure Studies to qualify for matriculation into the Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate program.

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. They are reviewed in terms of the writer's responses to questions asked on the recommendation form. Finally, all applicants must complete the critical analysis writing exercise, which determines writing competence.

Minimum Requirements for MS Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies 1

Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate Core: 24 Credits Credits
MTH 541 Statistical Methods I or equivalent 3
REL 600 Philosophical Analysis of Leisure 3
REL 602 Social and Psychological Analysis of Leisure Behavior 3
REL 610 Advanced Program Design and Evaluation 3
REL 715 Seminar: Research Design 3
REL 796 Internship in Administration 2 3
or
Guided Graduate Elective
REL 797 Research Project 6
or
REL 798 Thesis 6
or
Two additional graduate REL courses 6

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis 3: 6 Credits
REL 612 Assessment and Evaluation of TR Services 3
REL 613 Administration of TR Services 3

1 Graduates of SUNY Brockport's undergraduate program in REL may not enroll in any 500-level courses previously completed at the 400-level during their undergratuate studies.

2 Students without a BA/BS degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an internship in administration or who have not had two years of experience in recreation and leisure service management must complete the graduate internship. Students who do satisfactorily meet these conditions, in consultation with their academic advisor, must then select another course at the 500 level or higher to satisfy the degree requirements.

3,4 Students must satisfy at least one area of emphasis in either therapeutic recreation or recreation and leisure services management. Students may choose to complete both areas of emphasis.

Recreation and Leisure Services Management Emphasis 4 : 6 Credits
REL 514 Planning, Design, and Management of Recreation and Leisure Facilities 3
REL 605 Problems in the Administration of Leisure Service Organizations 3

Guided Graduate Elective: 3 Credits
A minimum of one graduate course related to either the core or the area of emphasis is chosen with the approval of the academic advisor.

Computer Literacy
If the applicant lacks computer competence as demonstrated by the successful completion of a course in microcomputer applications or proof of work experience in word processing, spread sheets, or presentation software, then as a deficiency, the applicant is required to complete an undergraduate course in computer literacy. Or, by advisement, the applicant may be allowed to enroll in a graduate level introductory computer course.

Graduate Program Policies
The graduate program in Recreation and Leisure Studies adheres to all College graduate policies with the following additional policies:

1. At least 18 of the minimum of 33 credits in the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies program must be taken at the 600 level or above.

2. Graduate students deemed as not making reasonable progress toward the degree, as defined by published department policy, may be dismissed from the program by the department. It is the policy in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies to comply with the College's definition of a full-time graduate student. It is the policy in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies for a part-time graduate student that reasonable progress toward the degree is three graduate credits per semester. For both the full-time and the part-time graduate student, enrollment must be maintained in two of three terms for a given calendar year (e.g., fall semester and spring semester, spring semester and summer session, or fall semester and summer session).

3. To earn a graduate degree at SUNY Brockport, the student must complete all degree requirements with a minimum cumulative index of 3.0 or better. After completing nine or more graduate credits, if the cumulative index is below 3.0, the graduate student will be placed on mandatory academic probation for one semester. If the 3.0 cumulative index is not achieved at the end of the probationary semester, the student is automatically dismissed from the program.

4. A student dismissed from the graduate program in Recreation and Leisure Studies may be considered for readmission if graduate course work has been completed that raises the cumulative index to a 3.0 or better, and if such course work was pre-approved by the graduate faculty members in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Recreation and Leisure Studies Courses

REL 502 Current Leisure Problems and Issues. Identifies and analyzes current leisure trends, problems, and issues that affect both the therapeutic and managerial segments of the leisure services profession. Focuses on the concerns of the present and their implications for the future delivery of leisure and therapeutic recreation programs, services, and treatments. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

REL 505 Philosophy and Theory of Therapeutic Recreation. Examines the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of therapeutic recreation as a profession and as a service in clinical, transitional, and community settings for individuals with differing abilities. Requires extensive field experiences. 3 Cr. Fall.

REL 506 Leisure and Aging. Discusses aspects of the aging process as related to leisure in contemporary society. Analyzes leisure needs and roles and their implications for policy, programs, services, and meaningful leisure lifestyles for older adults. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

REL 507 Methods in Therapeutic Recreation. Prerequisite: REL 405/505 or instructor's permission. Investigates methods and strategies for applying the TR process (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation). Provides an overview of leisure education and group facilitation techniques. Requires extensive field work. 3 Cr. Spring.

REL 511 Management of Leisure Resources. Provides an in-depth study of the principles of operation and management of various leisure services organization and resources. Identifies managerial problems, and examines and applies problem-solving models and techniques. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

REL 512 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation. Investigates how current trends and issues affect the delivery and advocacy of therapeutic recreation services with an emphasis on the group process and modalities. Critical issues in the emerging profession of therapeutic recreation are discussed. 3 Cr. Spring.

REL 514 Planning, Design, and Management of Recreation and Leisure Facilities. Applies student's prior knowledge of recreation and leisure theory, philosophy, and programming techniques to out door/indoor facility, planning, design and maintenance. Provides: planning skills, discussion of design issues and maintenance management techniques. There is an emphasis on universal access. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

REL 590 S elected Topics in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Discusses and analyzes a specific topic in recreation and leisure studies as determined by the instructor. Emphasizes new, timely, and emerging areas of interest and concern. 3-6 Cr.

REL 599 Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Arranged with permission of instructor-sponsor prior to registration and in accordance with Office of Academic Advisement and the Office of Registration and Records policy. Includes regular meetings with instructor, significant reading, and at least one comprehensive writing project. 1-3 Cr.

REL 600 Philosophical Analysis of Leisure. Explores conceptual and philosophical foundations of leisure from the classical to the contemporary perspectives. Provides an in-depth study of selected authors and models describing the leisure phenomenon. 3 Cr. Fall.

REL 602 Social and Psychological Analysis of Leisure Behavior. Investigates the social and psychological dimensions of leisure as identified in contemporary research literature. Explores models of leisure behavior and meaning. 3 Cr. Spring.

REL 605 Problems in the Administration of Leisure Service Organizations. Reviews and discusses theories, problems and issues common to the organization and administration of leisure service delivery systems. Covers the development of organizational and administrative skills needed to address such concerns. 3 Cr. Fall.

REL 610 Advanced Program Design and Evaluation. Provides an overview of conceptual bases for program design in the provision of recreation and leisure services. Reviews and discusses selected planning, marketing, and evaluation techniques and methods. 3 Cr. Fall.

REL 612 Assessment and Evaluation of TR Services. Examines current assessment and evaluation instruments and procedures used in TR. Studies in depth the validity, reliability, and practical utility issues in conceptualization, data collection methods, analysis, and interpretation in the assessment and evaluation of persons with disabilities. 3 Cr. Spring.

REL 613 Administration of TR Services. Reviews and discusses organizational and administrative theories, problems, and issues common and unique to the delivery of TR services, particularly in clinical, but also in transitional and community settings. Develops an understanding of techniques and skills used by administrators to address problems and issues. 3 Cr. Spring.

REL 715 Seminar: Research Design. Prerequisite: MTH 541 or equivalent. Provides an introduction and overview of established and emerging approaches to leisure research. Emphasizes conceptualization, design, data collection techniques, and interpretation of results. 3 Cr. Spring.

REL 796 Internship in Administration. Prerequisites: REL 600, 602 and 715, and instructor's permission. Provides a directed internship in an approved leisure service organization and in a setting compatible with the studentŐs professional direction. Entails the application of organizational, administrative, and evaluative skills at the selected site. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

REL 797 Research Project. Allows for the preparation and completion of an individual research project culminating in a significant written report and an oral defense of the project and report. Project is conducted under the supervision of a committee of at least two graduate faculty members, one of whom is the project chairperson. 3-6 Cr.

REL 798 Thesis. Allows for the preparation and completion of a substantial original research investigation culminating in a master's thesis and an oral defense of the investigation and thesis. Research and thesis is completed under the direction of a commit tee of at least two graduate faculty members, one of whom is the thesis chairperson. 3-6 Cr.


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