Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Management

Prepares graduates for employment in commercial recreation and tourism, community & non-profit recreation, outdoor recreation and recreational sports leadership. Employment opportunities are available in resorts, tourism agencies, recreation retail, sports teams, recreation departments, water parks, YM/YWCAs, youth ministries, parks and forests. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification as park and recreation professionals. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association.

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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.