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Ohio University Majors

Sport and Lifestyle Studies

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Lifestyle Studies is a liberal arts degree offered through Ohio University's Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy on the Eastern campus, Lancaster campus, Pickerington Center, and Zanesville campus. The degree is intended to prepare graduates for meaningful employment in the field of sports and recreation. The core didactic requirements introduce the foundations of sport, recreation, health/wellness, and ethics. They also provide theoretical and practical development in the areas of leadership and management. The extra departmental and professional requirement components allow students to choose from a variety of activity courses designed to build their personal recreation and sports skills; select from a choice of introductory business courses; select from a choice of biological science courses; and select from upper level courses in related discipline offerings. In addition to these 63 semester hours of core major requirements, the degree requires the completion of a minor or certificate selected in consultation with an Academic Advisor. Students who follow advising guidelines may be able to complete two minors or a double major. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management is particularly well-suited as a second major. The Bachelor of Science in Sport & Lifestyle Studies may also serve as a degree completion program for transfer students with an associate degree with a sport, recreation, or fitness emphasis. The flexibility in course selection allows students to tailor the degree towards their personal interests, as well as their projected community needs, thus enhancing their potential to meet community job market demands.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond Ohio University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements. Students must receive a C or higher in any major required course.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students transferring with an Associate Degree from another institution may seek
written permission from the Program Coordinator to waive the minor requirement.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the Sport and Lifestyle Studies Program will be prepared for work in a variety of sport and activity settings including youth sports leagues, senior centers, nursing homes, community recreation centers, commercial recreation settings, and government parks and recreation departments. By integrating the fields of sport, recreation and health, along with a selected minor, the SLS degree will offer a unique program that will be highly adaptable to the regional Appalachian communities served by the five RHE campuses of Ohio University.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Studies
Code: BS5512


Patton College of Education 
Recreation and Sport Pedagogy  
McCracken Hall 202
Athens, OH 45701

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