Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Recreation Studies program is to enrich people’s lives by promoting excellence in the delivery of recreation and leisure services. The program will accomplish this mission through effective undergraduate and graduate education, research and scholarship, and service to the university, community, and profession.
Program Vision Statement
The Recreation Studies program aspires to be a global leader in the preparation of recreation and leisure services professionals and scholars. Such leadership will be distinguished by its interdisciplinary emphasis and its role in defining state-of-the-art practices, enriching our communities through model outreach programs and activities, and advancing scholarship that informs policy and practice.
This option provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for effective professional practice in the field of outdoor recreation and education. The program blends traditional didactic and field-based learning opportunities to create a unique educational experience for students in the major. Students have opportunities to develop foundational knowledge related to the discipline, technical proficiency in various outdoor adventure pursuits, expeditionary and wilderness travel experience, and programming, leadership and teaching ability that can be applied in a wide variety of professional domains. General topic areas in the program include outdoor leadership, environmental interpretation, parks and protected areas management, ecotourism, and adventure programming. Emphasis in the curriculum is placed on understanding and appreciating the interconnection of humans and the broader ecological frameworks in which they live as well as the role of natural environments in sustaining human health and wellbeing. Students can earn a number of professional certifications and certificates through academic coursework in the program.
If you’ve envisioned yourself leading people in a more contemporary business setting, Recreation Management may be the major you’re looking for. This major will allow you to develop & perfect skills specific to recreation. The coursework in this major is offered within many other academic departments, such as Business, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy, Communication, and Journalism. As such, the major is very academically rigorous and allows you to customize your experience.
Outdoor Recreation And Education Minor
The outdoor recreation and education minor prepares students for professional opportunities in the field of outdoor recreation and education. Students engage in a combination of traditional didactic and field-based learning opportunities to develop technical skills, theoretical knowledge, leadership and teaching ability needed for successful practice as professionals in the field. Students have the opportunity to learn to organize, lead, and evaluate a variety of outdoor adventure programs. The minor is intended to complement other fields of study related to outdoor recreation and education. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework to complete.
Recreation Management Minor
This minor focuses on the management of recreation and leisure services. Recreation management careers are broad-based and include municipal park and recreation departments, campus recreation, camps, marinas, resorts, and outdoor agencies. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework to complete.
The Recreation Studies Graduate Program combines coursework, research, and practical experiences to foster innovative leaders in the field. We focus on providing a solid theoretical and practical foundation for students to apply in a variety of recreation and leisure services settings. In addition to being well-known for our Outdoor Recreation & Education, Recreation Management and Campus Recreation specializations, we also welcome students interested in focusing their studies in other areas such as sustainable tourism, recreation for individuals with disabilities, gerontology, and others. Our cohort of students is an ideal size for fostering discussion, as each entering master’s class has approximately 15 students. Small classes help foster discussion in and out of the classroom with our faculty and students. The strong connection that we enjoy with the Department of Campus Recreation and other campus partners allows us to capitalize on learning opportunities beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom.
Ohio University's Recreation Studies program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.
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