Ohio University

Sport and Lifestyle Studies

Regional Higher Education
Bachelor of Science in Sport and Lifestyle Studies


Program Description

The Sport and Lifestyle Studies program is a liberal arts degree which focuses on preparing students for entry level positions in sports and recreation. The interdisciplinary approach provides a foundation in understanding sport, recreation and health/ wellness along with developing basic skills in leadership and management. Through the choice of a required minor or certificate program, students can tailor the degree towards their personal interests, as well as their projected community needs, thus enhancing their potential to meet job market demands.

Program Requirements

The curriculum is comprised of core didactic courses and a set of departmental and professional requirements. The Core requirements introduce the foundations of sport, recreation, health/wellness, and ethics; and provide theoretical and practical development in the areas of leadership and management. Courses emphasize practical application and experimental learning involving volunteer activates and peer leadership. The extra-departmental and professional requirement component has four subsets: students will 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 to be selected in consultation with your Academic Advisor. Suggested minors include: Coaching Education, Business, or Communications. Students are also encouraged to consider a dual major in Applied Management (BSAM).

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the Sport and Lifestyle Studies program will be prepared for positions in a variety of sport and activity settings including coaching, youth sports leagues, senior centers, nursing homes, community recreation centers, commercial recreation settings, and government parks and recreation departments. Additional certifications will enhance the SLS graduate’s employment potential in areas such as personal training. The 2013 Hard Times report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce listed majors in Physical Fitness, Parks and Recreation as one of the seven majors with the lowest unemployment rate. Their 2015 report on Economic Value of College Majors lists an average yearly salary of $49,000 for parks and recreation jobs.

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Contact Information

Kathy Normansell, Sport & Lifestyle Studies Coordinator (SLS)