Recreation and Communication Accelerated Degree Program (BS)

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 Description 

The accelerated pathway to a dual major in Communication and Recreation & Tourism offers students opportunities to sharpen their communication skills and to prepare for careers in the leisure-service industry. With this dual major, graduates enhance their marketability. A student on the accelerated pathway must pursue one of four degree configurations: (1) Park & Recreation Management + Relationship & Social Identity, (2) Tourism Management + Relationship & Social Identity, (3) Park & Recreation Management +Leadership & Civic Engagement, and (4) Tourism Management +Leadership & Civic Engagement.

Admission to the Program 

Any undergraduate student can declare this major. 

Program Requirements 

  • Students in the Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, & Tourism pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements. 
  • A grade of "C" or better is required for all REL courses in the major. Transfer courses graded below a "C" will not satisfy major requirements. 
  • Students in the major must complete CMC 201 Public Speaking with a grade of "C" or higher and must complete CMC 202 Principles of Communication with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • All students are required to have a valid CPR/First Aid certificate and are required to complete the New York State Child Abuse Reporter Training in order to graduate from the program. 
  • Students are required to complete the following: 

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (81 credits) 

Option 1: Park & Recreation Management + Relationships & Social Identity (81 credits)

Required Communication Core (12)

  • CMC 201 Public Speaking* 
  • CMC 202 Principles of Communication 
  • CMC 273 Interpersonal Communication* 

Communication Core Skills (Choose ONE)

**If CMC 472 Group Leadership is NOT taken as a core-skills course, then a student must take CMC 316 to satisfy the core-skills requirement. 

If CMC 472 Group Leadership is taken as an “Elective Course” (see the relevant section below), then a student must take any one of the following skills courses:

  • CMC 312 Augmentation & Debate 
  • CMC 316 Interpersonal Communication in Business & the Professions
  • CMC 317 Interviewing
  • CMC 483 Communication Training & Development

Foundation Courses (Choose ONE)

  • CMC 479 Conflict Management Through Communication 
  • CMC 480 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 

Elective Courses (Choose TWO)

  • CMC 419 Freedom of Expression* 
  • CMC 472 Group Leadership
  • CMC 478 Advanced Organizational Communication 

REL Required Courses (30)

  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation & Leisure* 
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming 
  • REL 402 Current Trends & Issues in Recreation 
  • PRO 403 Internship 
  • REL 410 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • REL 411 The Recreation Legal Environment 
  • REL 417 Financial Management & Revenue Generation in Recreation & Leisure 

Concentration Core Courses (12):

Take all of the following:

  • REL 313 Economic and Community Development in Recreation 
  • REL 414 Planning, Design and Operations of Recreation Facilities 
  • REL 416 Nonprofit Management of Leisure Organizations 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 430 Special Event Planning 
  • REL 418 Women’s Leisure 
  • REL 324 Outdoor and Adventure Recreation 

Required Accelerated Pathway Courses 

Take this required course:

  • REL401 Leadership & Professional Development 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL307 Practicum 
  • CMC 475 Communication Internship

Choose ONE of the following:

  • CMC 312 Administration of Recreation and Leisure Services 
  • CMC 377 Organizational Communication 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 306 Issues of Diversity & Disability in Recreation 
  • CMC 211 Protest and Social Change* 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 406 Leisure and Aging* 
  • CMC 418 Intercultural Communication

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements 

Option 2: Tourism Management + Relationships & Social Identity (81 credits)

Required Communication Core (12)

  • CMC 201 Public Speaking* 
  • CMC 202 Principles of Communication 
  • CMC 273 Interpersonal Communication* 

Communication Core Skills (Choose ONE)

**If CMC 472 Group Leadership is NOT taken as a core-skills course, then a student must take CMC 316 to satisfy the core-skills requirement. 

If CMC 472 Group Leadership is taken as an “Elective Course” (see the relevant section below), then a student must take any one of the following skills courses:

  • CMC 312 Augmentation & Debate 
  • CMC 316 Interpersonal Communication in Business & the Professions
  • CMC 317 Interviewing
  • CMC 483 Communication Training & Development 

Foundation Courses (Choose ONE)

  • CMC 479 Conflict Management Through Communication 
  • CMC 480 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 

Elective Courses (Choose TWO)

  • CMC 419 Freedom of Expression* 
  • CMC 472 Group Leadership
  • CMC 478 Advanced Organizational Communication 

REL Required Courses (30)

  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation & Leisure* 
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming 
  • REL 402 Current Trends & Issues in Recreation 
  • PRO 403 Internship 
  • REL 410 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • REL 411 The Recreation Legal Environment 
  • REL 417 Financial Management & Revenue Generation in Recreation & Leisure 

Concentration Core Courses (12):

Take all of the following:

  • REL 314 Tourism Principles
  • REL 395 Sustainability in recreation & Tourism
  • REL 440 Tourism Marketing

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 415 Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Recreation
  • REL 430 Special Event Planning 
  • REL 418 Women’s Leisure 

Required Accelerated Pathway Courses (15)

Take this required course:

  • REL401 Leadership & Professional Development 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL307 Practicum 
  • CMC 475 Communication Internship

Choose ONE of the following:

  • CMC 312 Administration of Recreation and Leisure Services 
  • CMC 377 Organizational Communication 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 306 Issues of Diversity & Disability in Recreation 
  • CMC 211 Protest and Social Change* 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 315 International Tourism* 
  • CMC 418 Intercultural Communication

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements 

Option 3: Park & Recreation Management + Leadership and Civic Engagement (81 credits)

Required Communication Core (12)

  • CMC 201 Public Speaking* 
  • CMC 202 Principles of Communication 
  • CMC 273 Interpersonal Communication* 

Communication Core Skills (Choose ONE)

**If CMC 472 Group Leadership is NOT taken as a core-skills course, then a student must take CMC 316 to satisfy the core-skills requirement. 

If CMC 472 Group Leadership is taken as a “Foundation Course” (see the relevant section below), then a student must take any one of the following skills courses:

  • CMC 312 Augmentation & Debate 
  • CMC 316 Interpersonal Communication in Business & the Professions
  • CMC 317 Interviewing
  • CMC 483 Communication Training & Development 

Foundation Courses (Choose ONE)

  • CMC 410 Speakers, Campaigns & Movements
  • CMC 472 Group Leadership

Elective Courses (Choose TWO)

  • CMC 319 Propaganda & Persuasion
  • CMC 411 Rhetorical Criticism
  • CMC 417 Political Rhetoric in the Information Age
  • CMC 419 Freedom of Expression*

REL Required Courses (30)

  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation & Leisure* 
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming 
  • REL 402 Current Trends & Issues in Recreation 
  • PRO 403 Internship 
  • REL 410 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • REL 411 The Recreation Legal Environment 
  • REL 417 Financial Management & Revenue Generation in Recreation & Leisure 

Concentration Core Courses (12):

Take all of the following:

  • REL 313 Economic and Community Development in Recreation 
  • REL 414 Planning, Design and Operations of Recreation Facilities 
  • REL 416 Nonprofit Management of Leisure Organizations 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 430 Special Event Planning 
  • REL 418 Women’s Leisure 
  • REL 324 Outdoor and Adventure Recreation 

Required Accelerated Pathway Courses (15)

Take this required course:

  • REL401 Leadership & Professional Development 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL307 Practicum 
  • CMC 475 Communication Internship

Choose ONE of the following:

  • CMC 312 Administration of Recreation and Leisure Services 
  • CMC 377 Organizational Communication 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 306 Issues of Diversity & Disability in Recreation 
  • CMC 211 Protest and Social Change* 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 406 Leisure and Aging* 
  • CMC 418 Intercultural Communication

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements 

Option 4: Tourism Management + Leadership and Civic Engagement (81 credits)

Required Communication Core (12)

  • CMC 201 Public Speaking* 
  • CMC 202 Principles of Communication 
  • CMC 273 Interpersonal Communication* 

Communication Core Skills (Choose ONE)

**If CMC 472 Group Leadership is NOT taken as a core-skills course, then a student must take CMC 316 to satisfy the core-skills requirement. 

If CMC 472 Group Leadership is taken as a “Foundation Course” (see the relevant section below), then a student must take any one of the following skills courses:

  • CMC 312 Augmentation & Debate 
  • CMC 316 Interpersonal Communication in Business & the Professions
  • CMC 317 Interviewing
  • CMC 483 Communication Training & Development 

Foundation Courses (Choose ONE)

  • CMC 410 Speakers, Campaigns & Movements
  • CMC 472 Group Leadership

Elective Courses (Choose TWO)

  • CMC 319 Propaganda & Persuasion
  • CMC 411 Rhetorical Criticism
  • CMC 417 Political Rhetoric in the Information Age
  • CMC 419 Freedom of Expression*

REL Required Courses (30)

  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation & Leisure* 
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming 
  • REL 402 Current Trends & Issues in Recreation 
  • PRO 403 Internship 
  • REL 410 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • REL 411 The Recreation Legal Environment 
  • REL 417 Financial Management & Revenue Generation in Recreation & Leisure 

Concentration Core Courses (12):

Take all of the following:

  • REL 314 Tourism Principles
  • REL 395 Sustainability in recreation & Tourism
  • REL 440 Tourism Marketing

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 415 Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Recreation
  • REL 430 Special Event Planning 
  • REL 418 Women’s Leisure 

Required Accelerated Pathway Courses (15)

Take this required course:

  • REL401 Leadership & Professional Development 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL307 Practicum 
  • CMC 475 Communication Internship

Choose ONE of the following:

  • CMC 312 Administration of Recreation and Leisure Services 
  • CMC 377 Organizational Communication 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 306 Issues of Diversity & Disability in Recreation 
  • CMC 211 Protest and Social Change* 

Choose ONE of the following:

  • REL 315 International Tourism* 
  • CMC 418 Intercultural Communication

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements 

Total (120 credits) 

Additional Degree Requirements 

  • Majors must earn a grade of C or better in all REL courses. Majors must also complete CMC 201 Public Speaking with a grade of "C" or higher and must complete CMC 202 Principles of Communication with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

The Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism's curriculums are aligned with four learning outcomes defined by the Council on Accreditation Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The four learning outcomes are as follows: 

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate historical, philosophical, and practical knowledge of the structure and function of public, non-profit, and commercial recreation, tourism, and leisure industries. (COAPRT 7.01) 
  2. Students will be able to design, implement, and evaluate specifically targeted recreation, tourism, and/or leisure services which meet participant needs while embracing personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. (COAPRT 7.02) 
  3. Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of operation and administration - in both organizational and individual environments - in recreation, tourism, and/or leisure service delivery. (COAPRT 7.03) 
  4. Students shall complete a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, which allows them to demonstrate the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations. (COAPRT 7.04) 

Upon completion of the Communication Major, students will be able to:

  1. Speak well: Deliver an extemporaneous presentation that meets the needs of a given speaking situation and audience.
  2. Integrate multiple perspectives: Integrate multiple Communication theories/concepts to analyze and recommend multiple solutions for a socially significant communication problem, case, or situation.
  3. Advance quality arguments: Advance a sequence of evidence based arguments to support a given position.
  4. Write well: Write clearly and at a level appropriate to a given audience.
  5. Critically Evaluate: Critically evaluate a communication message using relevant theories/concepts.
  6. Demonstrate influence: Demonstrate influence strategies to address relevant social problems.