Recreation and Sports Programming

In today's society people have more opportunities to play, relax, or pursue a hobby or sport. As a result, a profession in recreation and leisure has emerged. If you are interested in organizing leisure activities, including arts and crafts, fitness, sports, and special events for people of all ages, this might be a major for you. As a recreation professional professional, you might work in state and municipal parks, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, resorts, health clubs, the military, corporations, and in the private sector.

The Recreation and Sports Programming major, with its five different areas of emphasis, will prepare you for leading recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities in different environments. In the major, you will learn how to plan, design, and evaluate recreation and sport programs and operate facilities.You will take courses in leadership, management, and risk analysis. In addition, you will learn how recreation is used as a therapeutic technique and how to adapt activities to accommodate people with disabilities. The Department also offers minors in athletic coaching, dance, and recreation.  

Expand Your Skills
  • Gain business and budgeting experience
  • Get involved in University recreation programs, such as Personal Discovery
  • Get experience by working with camps or parks
  • Participate in event planning through Campus Activities
  • Develop strong leadership and communication skills
  • Complete an internship in your area of interest
  • Obtain necessary certifications
Career Options
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Athletic Coach
  • Camp Director
  • Club House Manager
  • Community Recreation Specialist
  • Facility Manager
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Health and Fitness Programmer
  • Health Club Manager
  • Hotel/Resort Manager
  • Long-term Care Specialist
  • Outdoor Adventure Therapist
  • Park and Camp Programmer
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Recreation Leader
  • Residential Educator
  • Senior Citizens Activity Leader
  • Sports-Fitness Nutritionist
  • Sports Instructor
  • Sports Writer
  • Stadium Manager
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Professional Organizations
  • American Association for Leisure and Recreation
  • National Recreation and Parks Association
  • National Park Service
  • World Leisure and Recreation Association
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