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). Covers the history, philosophy, organization, programming and financing of industrial recreation. Allows students to develop an operating policy. May include a field trip. 3 Cr. Fall 3 Cr.
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.
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 313 Economic and Community Development in Recreation (A). Principal emphasis on the relationship of recreation to community development. Examination of market mechanisms and government as they affect allocation of resources to recreation services. Other topics include demand analysis, economics of planning, cost/benefit analysis, secondary economic impacts, multiplier effects, public decision making, public finance and supply considerations in both urban and rural recreation situations. 3 Cr.
REL 314 Tourism Principles (A). 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,I,Y). 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,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 395 Sustainable Development in Recreation and Tourism (A). Focuses on the context of sustainable development and balancing the needs of ecosystems, culture and heritage in the recreation and tourism industry for host communities and visitors. Introduces students to the history, concepts, principles, marketing, planning and management of sustainable recreation and tourism. Explores contemporary industry trends and looks for ways to make tourism sustainable in environmental, economic, social and cultural terms. 3 Cr.
REL 402 Current Leisure Problems and Issues (A). Prerequisites: REL 302, REL 306 (may be taken concurrenty), REL 308 (may be taken concurrently), REL 312 (may be taken concurrently), PRO 421 (may be taken concurrently). (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,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 411 The Recreation Legal Environment (A). Provide students with an understanding of the U.S. legal environment and an awareness of the fundamental legal issues involved in the management of recreation and park organizations. Content will include criminal, civil and administration systems. Topics include: the environment, legal process, human resource law, state regulation concerning public health and safety, civil rights and issues relevant to specialty areas. 3 Cr.
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 415 Entrepreneurship and Financial Management in Tourism (A). Explores small business development principles and innovative processes involved in starting small businesses that sustain tourism destinations; and examines financial management principles as a tool for decision making and internal control in these small businesses. Covers business planning and management including feasibility, marketing, management of projects, financial analysis, capital management, costs of capital, dividend policy, budgeting, human resources, and payroll control. 3 Cr.
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 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.