Bryan Romsa, Assistant Professor
Stella Liu, Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
Intramural Building 116
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Sport and Recreation Management professionals are needed to meet recreation demands resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and changing social attitudes. The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration.
Students interested in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, federal, state and municipal governmental agencies, private outdoor and tourism enterprises as well as intercollegiate athletic departments and minor and major league sport teams. Students interested in municipal and county recreation agencies, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college/professional sports, fitness/facility management organizations, and therapeutic recreation in clinical as well as community settings, can focus their interests using additional recreation, marketing, accounting, economics, social media, management, entrepreneur, and leadership elective courses. This major is based on interdisciplinary approach providing a broad, comprehensive background for leadership and administrative roles in sport and recreation industries. It also provides students a foundation for advanced academic pursuits of a graduate degree in sport or recreation administration or related degree programs.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Sport and Recreation Management major students will:
- Demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge: a) the nature and scope of the relevant sport and recreation related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
- Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, market and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
- Apply entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in sport and recreation related professions.
- Demonstrate, through a comprehensive practicum and/or field experience of not less than 350 hours the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in sport or recreation related organizations.
- Demonstrate personal character and qualities of professionalism that are necessary for individuals working in the Sport and recreation sectors.
- Develop the ability to use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required in all courses taught in the major. All students transferring into the program must have a 2.0 GPA to be accepted. Transfer students with less than a 2.0 GPA may petition for approval. If accepted, the transfer student will enter on probation for one semester. A student in the major must have a 2.4 cumulative GPA to be recommended for the required internship experience. A minimum final grade of “C” is required in all courses taught in the major.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
Upon successful completion of the degree, students who are in the field working under a certified professional may apply to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional.
Course Delivery Format
The program offers coursework through classroom (face to face, hybrid and/or online), service learning and lab experiences (indoor and outdoor), sport, recreation and park site visits, practicum and/or field experience/s.