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Sport Management and Leisure Studies
Jeffrey Montague, Undergraduate Coordinator
Note: The departments of Health Education and Sport and Leisure Studies anticipate curricular changes during the 1996-97 academic year which will broaden the opportunities for both departments by combining programs in public health and therapeutic recreation.
Bachelor of Science in
Sport Management and Leisure Studies
The undergraduate major in sport management and leisure studies is designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in the leisure-service fields. The focus of the undergraduate program is to provide a broad foundational education and to prepare students for entry into the sport management and leisure service occupations at the professional level.
Two areas of emphasis are available at the undergraduate level: sport and recreation management and therapeutic recreation. The sport and recreation management emphasis prepares students interested in careers in the private/commercial sector, public recreation and park agencies, voluntary agencies, campus services, armed forces, and corporate/industrial settings. The therapeutic recreation emphasis prepares students for positions in health care and human service agencies delivering recreation as a rehabilitative, educational, and independent living service.
The therapeutic recreation curriculum is designed to meet the seating requirements of the national certification examination conducted by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
The major in sport management and leisure studies consists of coursework in the University Core Curriculum, department major course requirements, supplemental electives from related disciplines, and two supervised field experiences.
Program Distribution: Sport and Recreation Management
Program Distribution: Therapeutic Recreation
Sport and Recreation Management Curriculum
Therapeutic Recreation Curriculum
Applied Field Experiences
The supervised field experience requirement consists of two separate assignments. The first, three semester hours scheduled during the sophomore or junior year, is a face-to-face leadership assignment in an approved therapeutic, community, or recreational/sport related setting. The second field experience, 15 semester hours scheduled during the senior year, involves the students in all aspects of professional responsibility in an approved setting, based upon the student's preference and professional goals.
Prerequisite to the senior internship is completion of all other degree requirements, an overall GPA of 2.25, a department GPA of 2.5, CPR and First Aid certification, no grades of "I" or "NR" on the student's transcript, plus a requirement that students verify at least 200 hours of paid or volunteer experience in a field-related setting. These hours are not supervised by the faculty but must be verified by agency personnel.
Area of Concentration
and Related Electives
Students choose two to six courses, subject to adviser's approval, from academic areas related to their career objectives. Courses may come from departments such as business, marketing, journalism, special education, psychology, child care, physical education, public administration, and gerontology.
With a few adjustments in course selection, the sport and recreation management major may earn a minor in business from the School of Business and Management. See adviser for details.
With a few adjustments in course selection, the therapeutic recreation major may earn a minor in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. See adviser for details.
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