Department of Recreation and Leisure StudiesCollege of Health and Human Performance

RCLS: Live Well.

Welcome to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies! We aim to enhance quality of life for all through recreation services in a wide range of settings. We are one of three departments in the College of Health and Human Performance, and we offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in recreational therapy and recreation and park management; we also offer two graduate certificates: Aquatic Therapy and Biofeedback. We are linked with the Center for Sustainable Tourism, as well as the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, Brody School of Medicine, and other interdisciplinary units. The RCLS department includes 18 faculty members and approximately 220 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. We are a rich and vibrant community of learners.

Mission Statement

RCLS educates tomorrow's leaders in recreation, parks, tourism, and recreational therapy as well as provides scholarship and leadership to the region, state, and nation.

Vision Statement

To be the model professional education and training program of the nation through scholarship, innovation, technical assistance, and outreach thereby helping learners to develop the necessary competencies, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking to lead the professions in the coming decades.

Core Values

RCLS holds the following core values, which serve as the foundation for where we place our priorities in terms of teaching, scholarship, and service.

  • High Quality Teaching
  • Diversity/Inclusion
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership
  • Experience-based learning
  • Scholarship
  • Engagement
Please contact us for information

RCLS Department
East Carolina University
300 Curry Court
1413 Belk Building, Mail Stop 540
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: (252) 328-4640
Fax: (252) 328-4642