Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation and Tourism Minor

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The Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, & Tourism offers a minor in recreation and leisure studies that 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.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

The minor consists of 18 credits outlined below.

Students must earn a "C"or better in each course in the minor. Courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis do not satisfy this requirement.

  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming
  • REL 312 Administration of Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • REL 307 Practicum
  • Six credits of additional REL course work selected with advisor approval

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  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)