What degree options are available to REL students?
We currently offer a BS degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, Tourism Management, and Recreation Management.
What classes do I need to take for this major? For the different concentrations?
You can find the complete curriculum for all of our Recreation and Leisure major and its concentrations here.
How long will it take me to complete a degree in recreation and leisure studies?
The BS degree is designed to be completed as part of a 4-year college program and students generally complete it according to this schedule. Transfer students who arrive at Brockport with an associate's degree can generally complete the BS in 2 additional years.
What kind of jobs can I get with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies?
A short list of potential jobs are as followed,
- Recreation Center Manager
- Parks and Operations Director
- Recreational Sports Director
- Camp Trip Leader
- Wilderness Guide
- Theme Park Manager
- Athletic Director/Supervisor
- Director of Student Activities
- Recreation Therapist
- Physical Rehabilitation Specialist
- Camp Director
- Retirement Home Recreation Director
- Park ranger
- Conservation Officer
- EcoTourism Operator
- Hotel Manager
- Specialty Tour Guide
- Resort Recreation Director
- Fundraising Coordinator
What does a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist do?
Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (also referred to as Recreation Therapist) provide an important service aimed to "restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person's level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition." (American Therapeutic Recreation Association). A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist taps into person's strengths and interests to develop a plan. That plan might be designed to improve a leisure skill, develop new leisure interests, modify or adapt a previous leisure interest due to a disabling condition, or to improve an area of functionality (emotional, physical or mental) using leisure as a tool.
Where does a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist work?
A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist can work in a variety of settings, in a variety of capacities. Some examples include: Clinical: Physical Rehab hospital, Nursing home, Psychiatric Centers, Cardiac and Stroke Rehab Center, Traumatic Brain Injury Centers, Addiction Care Centers among others; Community: Youth at Risk settings, Community Recreation (inclusion specialist), group homes and transitional care, Schools, day programs and non profit organizations among many others.