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Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

23 Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-2994

Chairperson and Associate Professor: Joel Frater; Assistant Professor: So-Yun Lee; Lecturers: Arthur Graham, CPRP, Nancy Vander Molen, CTRS; Adjunct Lecturers: Nancy Ballaron, Amanda Brown, Kirt Compton, Brian Emelson, Tonya Griffin, Scott Haines, CPRP; Colleen Tuffy; Professor Emeritus: David Jewell.

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Recreation and leisure is one of the most exciting and diverse human service professions. The field provides opportunities to work with all types of people in a variety of settings, addressing the potential and problems of leisure in modern society. Students studying Recreation Management will qualify for employment in a variety of settings including military, public, private, campus, commercial, tourism, and corporate-sector recreation. Students studying Therapeutic Recreation will qualify for employment in clinical, transitional, juvenile and community settings, such as hospitals; nursing homes; schools or residential centers; treatment centers; centers for physical medicine and rehabilitation; psychiatric institutions; and public, private and volunteer agencies. The Management and Therapeutic Recreation emphases provide students with academic and experiential opportunities that foster an exciting undergraduate experience and a challenging professional opportunity.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies faculty has a professional obligation to deny admission or continuation in the program to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics do not adequately meet academic, professional or ethical standards.

All students majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies must earn a grade of “C” or better in REL core courses and the REL emphasis courses in order to satisfactorily complete the REL major and to be eligible for REL 403: Practicum. Also, only courses for which a grade of “C” or better was earned will be considered for transfer into the program towards satisfaction of the major requirements.

All students must be certified in CPR, AED and First Aid during the period they are to be performing their REL 403 internship.
All students must take the New York State Child Abuse Reporter Training. This is normally offered in REL 402.
Students changing majors to REL must possess at least a 2.00 GPA.

Major in Recreation and Leisure Studies

To complete the major in Recreation and Leisure Studies, students must complete 25.5 credits of core course work, 15 credits in an emphasis (either Recreation Management or Therapeutic Recreation), 18 credits of guided electives, and a 15-credit practicum experience.
Specific requirements are as follows:

Required Core Coursework (25.5 credits)
Credits
  REL 302 Leisure and the Individual and Society
3
  REL 306 Recreation for Persons with Differing Abilities
3
  REL 307 Applied Studies in Recreation and Leisure
3
  REL 308 Recreation Programming and Leadership
3
  REL 312 Management of Recreation and Leisure Services
3
  REL 402 Current Leisure Problems and Issues
3
  REL 410 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Studies
3
  REL 414 Planning, Design, and Management of Recreation and Leisure Facilities
3
  PRO 421 Field Experience
1.5
  Total:
25.5

Recreation Management Emphasis (15 credits)
The Recreation Management emphasis prepares students for professional positions in the public and nonprofit sectors, corporate and commercial recreation settings, and resort and tourism management. Students pursuing this emphasis must complete 15 credits from the following course list:

Select five courses from the following list
Credits
  REL 303 Corporate & Commercial Recreation
3
  REL 314 Principles of Tourism
3
  REL 416 Management of Non-Profit Leisure Services
  REL 430 Special Event Planning
3
  REL 435 Resort & Hotel Operations
3
  REL 440 Tourism Sales & Marketing
3
  Total:
15

Students with an emphasis in Recreation Management must take a minimum of 18 credits in Guided Electives. Note: This is not a comprehensive list, other courses may be substituted with the permission of your academic advisor.

GROUP I: Management Skills (maximum 6 credits permitted)

  • BUS 317 Intro to Management Information Systems (Prerequisite BUS 280, 285 or instructor's permission)
  • BUS 345 International Business Environment
  • BUS 365 Principles of Management
  • BUS 375 Business Law I
  • BUS 439 Retail Management (prerequisite BUS 335)
  • CMC 314 Small Group Communication
  • CMC 316 Interpersonal Communication in Business and the Professions

GROUP II: Communications Skills (maximum 6 credits permitted)

  • CMC 201 Public Speaking
  • CMC 224 News Writing and Reporting
  • CMC 312 Argumentation and Debate
  • CMC 317 Interviewing
  • CMC 332 Public Relations Principles (prerequisite CMC 262 or instructor's permission
  • CMC 415 Public Communication in Administration, Business & the Professions (prerequisite CMC 316)
  • EDC 418 Conferencing Skills
  • ENL 308 Business Writing

GROUP III: Marketing Skills (maximum 6 credits permitted)

  • BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 432 Sales Management (prerequisite BUS 335)
  • BUS 433 International Marketing (prerequisite BUS 335)
  • BUS 434 Direct Marketing (prerequisite BUS 335)
  • BUS 435 Consumer Behavior (prerequisite BUS 335)
  • BUS 437 Promotional Policy (prerequisite BUS 335 & 435)
  • CMC 219 Advertising, Mass Persuasion & the Consumer

GROUP IV: Analytical Skills (must take one)

  • ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics
  • MTH 243 Elementary Statistics
  • PLS 300 Political Statistics
  • PSH 202 Introductory Statistics for Psychology
  • SOC 200 Social Statistics

GROUP V: Accounting and Finance (maximum 3 credits permitted)

  • ACC 281 Fundamental Accounting I
  • ACC 282 Fundamental Accounting II (prerequisite ACC 285)
  • BUS 316 Introduction to Operations Research
  • ENC 202 Principles of Economics-Macro
  • ACC 489 Accounting for Non-profit Entities

GROUP VI: Wellness Issues (maximum 3 credits permitted)

  • HLS 301 Health Behaviors and Wellness
  • HLS 311 Nutrition
  • HLS 409 Introduction to Psychoactive Substance Use & Abuse
  • HLS 418 Alcohol Use and Abuse
  • HLS 426 HIV/AIDS: Issues and Implications
  • HLS 470 Health Implications of Stress

GROUP VII: Issues of the Human Life Cycle (maximum 6 credits permitted)

  • EDC 301 Introduction to Counseling
  • HLS 306 Contemporary Issues in Health
  • SWO 376 Gerontology
  • REL 372 Child Abuse (be aware of the 54 hour rule)
  • REL 406 Leisure and Aging (be aware of the 54 hour rule)

GROUP VIII: Miscellaneous Issues Relating to Recreation and Leisure (maximum 6 credits permitted)

  • SWO 379 People with Disability: Issues, Legislation, Intervention
  • PLS 312 Public Administration
  • PLS 318 State and Local Government
  • PLS 435 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged (cross-listed: AAS 435 & WMS 435)
  • CRJ 343 Juvenile Justice Process (instructor's permission)
  • CRJ 431 Crime Prevention (instructor's permission)
  • CRJ 477 Family Violence (prerequisites: Intro Sociology & Psychology)
  • CRJ 479 Victimology (cross-listed as WMS 479, at least junior status)
  • CRJ 481 Women and Criminal Justice (cross-listed as WMS 481)
  • CRJ 485 Issues in Juvenile Justice (prerequisite CRJ 343 or instructor's permission)
  • SOC 352 Sociology of Work (prerequisite any lower division sociology course

GROUP IX: Leisure in Society (maximum 3 credits permitted)

  • ANT 301 Native Americans
  • ANT 321 Culture Change
  • ANT 331 Latinos in the USA
  • ANT 342 Native American Culture History
  • AAS 310 Urban Black Politics
  • AAS 314 The Black Family (cross-listed as SOC 314)
  • AAS 332 Urban Economic Problems
  • AAS 370 Leadership Development I (cross-listed as EDI 370)
  • AAS 371 Leadership Development II (cross-listed as EDI 371)
  • AAS 428 Racial & Ethnic Relations (cross-listed as SOC 428)
  • FCE 375 Latin-American Women
  • FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the USA
  • HST 387 Asian Survey
  • SOC 304 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 306 Social Change in the Third World
  • SWO 321 Cultural Diversity
  • WMS 315 Contemporary Black Women (cross-listed AAS 315)

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis (15 credits)
The Therapeutic Recreation emphasis prepares students for positions as therapeutic recreation specialists in clinical, transitional and community settings. Students pursuing this emphasis must complete the following five courses:

 
Credits
REL 305 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (prerequisite) REL 302, corequisite REL 306 or instructor's permission)
3
REL 320 Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation
3
REL 407 Methods of Therapeutic Recreation (prerequisite REL 405)
3
REL 408 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
3
REL 412 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
3
Total:
15

Students electing Therapeutic Recreation as their emphasis must be aware that this program is constructed so that students are eligible to sit for the professional certification examination after graduation. Therefore, nine credits of guided electives are prescribed (BIO 221 or BIO 321, PSH 334 and PRO 204). Additionally, all recreation and leisure studies majors must take an approved statistics course.

Students in the Therapeutic Recreation emphasis are permitted to select only six credits of 18 required elective credits. Further, it is required that students take the emphasis courses in a prescribed sequence. Students are required to take REL 305 as a prerequisite or corequisite for any other REL course work in Therapeutic Recreation.

Guided Electives for Therapeutic Recreation (minimum of 18 credits). Students must complete at least one course from Groups I (Anatomy and Physiology) and II (Statistics), both courses in Group III, and two courses from Groups IV, V and VI (total of 19 credits).

GROUP I: Biological/Physical Sciences (one course required)

  • BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 321 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology

GROUP II: Analytical Skills (one course required)

  • ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics
  • MTH 243 Elementary Statistics
  • PLS 300 Political Statistics
  • PSH 202 Introductory Statistics for Psychology
  • SOC 200 Social Statistics
GROUP III: Psychology (Required)
  • PRO 204 Developmental Assessment
  • PSH 384 Child Psychology

Optional

  • PSH 332 Social Psychology
  • PSH 436 Psychology of Aging
  • PSH 484 Adolescence
  • PSH 486 Psychological Disorders of Children

Note: All psychology courses require a prerequisite of either PSH 110 or 112.

TWO COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING FOUR GROUPS.

GROUP IV: Human Services

  • ANT 313 Culture and Disability
  • EDC 301 Introduction to Counseling
  • HLS 306 Contemporary Issues in Health
  • HLS 402 Women's Health
  • SWO 379 People with Disability: Issues, Legislation, and Intervention
  • PLS 435 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged
  • REL 406 Leisure and Aging (be aware of the 54 hour rule)

GROUP V: Health-related Issues

  • HLS 311 Nutrition
  • HLS 402 Women's Health
  • HLS 409 Introduction to Psychoactive Substance Use & Abuse
  • HLS 418 Alcohol Use and Abuse
  • HLS 426 HIV/AIDS: Issues and Implications
  • HLS 470 Health Implications of Stress
  • REL 372 Child Abuse (be aware of the 54-hour rule)

GROUP VI: Sociology

  • SOC 300 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture
  • SOC 331 Sociology of Mental Illness
  • SOC 361 Sociology of Sex, Marriage and the Family
  • SOC 371 Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 372 Criminology
  • SOC 428 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 465 Sociology of Aging

GROUP VII: Miscellaneous Courses that Support NCTRC Requirements

  • BIO 281 Elements of Human Biology (A)
  • CMC 273 Interpersonal Communication (A)
  • CMC 314 Small Group Communication (A)
  • EDI 325 Understanding the Exceptional Learner (A)
  • PES 325 Kinesiological Bases for Exercise and Sport (A)
  • PES 413 Human Growth and Development (A)
  • PES 445 Adapted Physical Education (A)
  • PES 461 Theories of Play (A)
  • SWO 376 Gerontology (A)

Practicum Experience Requirement (15 credits)
All students majoring in recreation and leisure studies must complete a practicum experience. The practicum is usually completed during the fall or spring semester of the senior year: REL 403 Practicum (prerequisite: REL 307 for 200 clock hours or 15 credits; REL 307 for 180 hours combined with PRO 421-426, totaling 200 clock hours.)

Minor in Recreation and Leisure Studies
The minor in recreation and leisure studies is designed for the student whose work is likely to call for understanding of and skill in coping with leisure and recreational implications of extended life expectancies, retirement, the needs of citizens with disabilities, high technology, and the changing family structure.

Required Courses: (18 Credits)
Credits
 

REL 302 Leisure and the Individual and Society

3
 

REL 308 Recreation Leadership and Programming

3
  REL 312 Management of Recreation and Leisure Services
3
  EL 307 Applied Studies (summer only)
3
   
Optional REL Electives (Must take two courses)
  REL 303 Corporate and Commercial Recreation
3
  REL 305 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
3
  REL 314 Principles of Tourism
3
  REL 320 Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation
3
  REL 414 Planning, Design, and Management of Recreation and Leisure Facilities
3
  REL 416 Management of Nonprofit Leisure Service Organizations
3
  REL 430 Special Event Planning
3
   
  Total:
18

NOTE: Courses taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis may not count toward completion of the minor.

Recreation and Leisure Courses

REL 211 The Leisure Experience (A,D,S). Familiarizes students with the interrelationship between leisure and Western culture and society, and increases awareness of the effects of leisure. Covers the economic impact of leisure, leisure as a modifier of culture, life stages and leisure. Not for majors. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 302 Leisure and the Individual and Society (A). Presents an overview of the recreation/leisure profession and its impact on the individual and society. Covers concepts of recreation and leisure through the study of theories of play. Discusses philosophical frameworks for play, recreation and leisure. Explores the sociological and economic impacts of recreation and leisure. Requires students to develop an operational philosophy of recreation and leisure. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 303 Corporate and Commercial Recreation (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Covers the history, philosophy, organization, programming and financing of industrial recreation. Allows students to develop an operating policy. Includes a field trip. 3 Cr. Fall

REL 305 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (B). Corequisites: REL 302, REL 306, PRO 421. Covers the process, benefits and function of therapeutic recreation, values of therapeutic recreation service, provision of service by diagnostic group and setting including medical terminology, and historical and professional development of therapeutic recreation. Requires field experience. 3 Cr. Fall

REL 306 Recreation for Persons With Differing Abilities (A). Corequisite: PRO 421. Provides both the conceptual framework and the specifics of application relative to integrated lifestyles for persons with disabilities. Focuses on assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating phases of providing integrated recreational services. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 307 Applied Studies in Recreation and Leisure (B). Prerequisites: REL 302 and REL 308. Investigates professional issues and problems through on-sight experiential learning or through directed research projects. Topics and sites are arranged through the instructor. Requires one or more written projects, depending upon the topic and scope of study. 3 Cr. Summer

REL 308 Recreation Programming and Leadership (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Provides an overview of various recreation activities; examines frameworks for recreation program; and evaluates recreation programs. Acquaints students with the theory, principles, and practices of leadership and group dynamics in recreation and leisure situations and settings. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 312 Management of Recreation and Leisure Services (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Focuses on the management of a comprehensive recreation and leisure service system. Covers organizational behavior, marketing, human resources, operations, and finance common to public, private, commercial, and therapeutic sectors. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 314 Tourism Principles (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Covers principles affecting tourism: the scope and magnitude of tourist attractions, services, facilities, transportation, accommodations, and the tourist. Examines travel motivations; demand for destinations; economic, socio-cultural and ecological impact; tourism planning; and tourism marketing. Requires site visits. 3 Cr. Spring

REL 315 International Tourism (A,D,I,W). Examines the international tourism environment. Covers tourism growth and development and its costs and benefits as an international, economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental phenomenon. Covers trends in international tourism through the exploration of literature relating to international tourism destinations and looks at the role of various constituents in promoting international tourism. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 320 Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation (A). Corequisite: REL 305. Provides an introduction to leisure education and its use in clinical and community settings. Covers concepts, theories, and practical issues relating to leisure education, including various models, assessment tools, intervention, leisure education programming techniques, and facilitation of leisure education groups. Examines diverse settings for leisure education services. Gives students the opportunity for practical experience that will build on course content. Requires field experience. 3 Cr. Fall

REL 372 Child Abuse: Causes, Costs and Confrontation (A,D,I). Informs students of the history of child abuse and its various forms in Western culture. Also allows students to learn of its causes, its costs in terms of dollars and human resources, and the means that society can implement to confront the issue. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 402 Current Leisure Problems and Issues (B). (Note: May only be taken in semester prior to practicum.) 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 403 Practicum (B). Prerequisites: REL 307 and REL 402. Provides a directed practicum in an approved leisure service organization. Also provides practical experience in a setting compatible with the student's chosen recreation option with evaluation reports by the practicum agency. 1-15 Cr. Every Semester

REL 406 Leisure and Aging (A,D,I). Examines various aspects of aging as they relate to leisure in contemporary society, leisure needs of mature adults, services for elderly, and leisure pursuits in the subculture of the aging. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 407 Methods in Therapeutic Recreation (B). Corequisites: REL 305 and REL 306. Covers applications of the therapeutic recreation process (assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating) to planning comprehensive therapeutic programs in health and human service settings. Focus on clinical documentation and professional accountability. Requires field work. 3 Cr. Spring

REL 408 Facilitation Techniques and Group Process in Therapeutic Recreation (B). Corequisites: REL 305 and REL 306. Emphasizes skill building in therapist facilitation techniques for healing modalities with therapeutic recreation participants. Focuses on individual therapy and group processes, and activity analysis, modality selection, planning multiple sessions, and designing program protocols for contemporary health care delivery across settings serving persons with disabilities. 3 Cr. Fall

REL 410 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Studies (B). Prequisite: An approved statistics course and instructor's permission. Provides an introduction to research and evaluation in recreation and leisure. Focuses on the tenets of the scientific method as applied to research and evaluation. Emphasizes the use of microcomputers in investigation, data analysis, and writing process. Develops skill in styles and conventions of formal, scientific writing in recreation and leisure studies and services. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 412 Trends and Administrative Issues in Therapeutic Recreation (B). Corequisites: REL 305, REL 306, REL 320, REL 407 and REL 408. Investigates how current trends and administrative issues affect the delivery and advocacy of therapeutic recreation services. Emphasizes contemporary approaches to managing changes in practice in the emerging profession of therapeutic recreation. 3 Cr. Spring

REL 414 Planning, Design and Management in Recreation Facilities (B). Corequisites: REL 302, REL 306, REL 308 and REL 312. 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. Emphasizes universal access. 3 Cr. Every Semester

REL 416 Management of Non-Profit Leisure Service Organization (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Examines the history and background of the development of nonprofit organizations, their missions, how they compliment public sector organizations, the process of establishing a non-profit organization and specifically management styles, funding and everyday operations. Covers topics such as grant writing, fund raising, organizational structure, and personnel policies. 3 Cr. Spring

REL 430 Special Event Planning (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Examines the special event planning process. Covers formulation of goals, needs assessment, selection and design of one-time or ongoing event, planning, coordination, revenue generation, marketing, sponsorship, risk management, security, implementation and evaluation. Includes formats such as fairs, festivals, sporting events, grand openings and different levels of managerial involvement. Requires the planning and implementation of a special event. 3 Cr. Spring

REL 435 Resort and Hotel Operations (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Examines organizational structure and economics of the resort and hotel and the technical operations integral to resort and hotel management. Covers resort and hotel site development; resort and hotel operations; front office operations; budget operations; food beverage and restaurant operations; housekeeping; and staff management. Requires a visit to destination resort and hotel. 3 Cr. Fall

REL 440 Tourism Sales and Marketing (B). Corequisite: REL 302. Examines the fundamental marketing and sales principles related to the tourism industry. Covers service marketing; destination marketing; professional marketing and sales organizations; consumer behavior; market segmentation; marketing research; tourism product, distribution, location, and price; marketing communication; marketing and sales information systems; and the role of a manager. 3 Cr. Fall

REL 470 Leisure in the United Kingdom: Comparative Study (A). Provides an intensive and comprehensive study of the sociological and behavioral foundations of, and impact of, leisure in the United Kingdom. Consists of one week of intensive classroom experience and a second week of intensive hands-on experience in a leisure service setting in the Leeds, England, area. Requires a comprehensive paper and additional fees. 3 Cr.

REL 499 Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure (B). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr.

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.