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. Our contributions to society occur in settings such as city parks and recreation departments, state and national parks, rehabilitation centers and hospitals, on cruise ships and through eco-tourism adventures, campus recreation and nonprofit groups, and a wide range of other settings.
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is 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 as well as minors in both of those disciplines; we also offer two graduate certificates: Aquatic Therapy and Biofeedback.
Department faculty 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.