REC Courses Offered

Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration (REC) courses

  • REC 152 Introduction to Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration

    Implications of leisure values in society and the role that organizations, agencies, institutions and municipalities have played in the recreation, sport, and park industries. Theories, concepts, and philosophies of leisure and recreation in society. A survey of the career opportunities in the recreation, sport and park venues.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 160 Outdoor Initiatives

    This course is designed to give the student an experiential exposure to the processes of facilitating individual and group outdoor initiatives. Students will be actively involved in a weekend course experience which includes individual and group activities, initiative games, trust building activities and low and high ropes activities. Concepts of dynamic group leadership, facilitation skills, group decision making and problem solving as well as personal development will be incorporated in the weekend experience.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 161 Basic Low Impact Camping

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to provide the students with practical skills in camping. Basic campcraft skills such as toolcraft, firecraft, ropecraft, outdoor cooking, map and compass will be included with a minimum impact camping orientation. Skills will be taught with an emphasis on appropriately leading others in outdoor settings and with safety and risk management considered. Field trips required.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 190 Applied Social Recreation

    Applied approach to developing leadership skills in games, activities, contests and social recreation activities. Activity analysis as applied to expected outcomes, instructional techniques, age appropriateness, and activity leadership skills is emphasized. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 200 Inclusion and Diversity in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration

    Prerequisite: REC 152 or concurrent enrollment.

    The course is designed to orient the student to the broad implications of inclusive recreation, sport, and park administration: programs and services for people of all ages, abilities, cultures, ethnicities, genders, races, and religion.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 205 Concepts in Therapeutic Recreation

    Prerequisite: REC 152 or concurrent enrollment.

    Orientation to the broad applications of clinical and community based therapeutic recreation approaches to programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Specific considerations given to mental retardation, developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 210 Camp Counseling

    Overview of the camping movement in America, the role of the counselor, and the personal development of the camper.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 211 Principles of Outdoor Recreation

    An analysis of the history, nature, and importance of the outdoor recreation field. An overall view of outdoor recreation philosophy based on legislation, theory, geographic factors, land use, and open space factors. Field trips may be required.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 235 Adaptive Recreation Techniques Equipment

    The identification of techniques associated with the utilization of adapted and modified recreational and personal aids, appliances, and equipment utilized in leisure pursuits by individuals with physical impairments.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 300 Service Learning in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration

    Prerequisite: 30 hours and concurrent registration in a communication course designated as a service learning offering.

    This service component for an existing course incorporates community service with classroom instruction in recreation, sport, and park administration to provide an integrative learning experience that addresses the practice of citizenship and promotes an awareness of and participation in public affairs. Includes 40 hours of service that benefits an external community organization, agency, or public service provider. Approved service placements and assignments will vary depending on the course topic and learning objectives; a list of approved placements and assignments is available from the instructor and the Citizenship and Service Learning Office. May be repeated.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 301 The Role of Animals in Recreation

    In rural or urban, public or private settings, humans are attracted to domestic or wild animals as a recreation activity...keeping, observing, showing, breeding, harvesting, capturing, fighting, training, and riding. This is a seminar course that will offer the student an opportunity to make a critical survey of the "recreational role of animals" in society (for persons with or without disability) as well as its surrounding commercial recreation industry and technology.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 302 Ecotourism

    Students will gain an appreciation for ecotourism as a recreation experience. The course will examine our local ecotourism resources and compare them to the international trends and issues related to ecotourism, models of tourism and recreation planning, and ecotourism, especially focusing on the issue of sustainability. Field trips required.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 303 Recreational Tourism Frontiers

    This is a seminar course that will offer the student an opportunity to make a critical survey of current trends and issues (some controversial) in the field of recreational tourism. Recreational trends such as health, sport, festivals, gambling, genealogy/reunions, incentive travel, adventure, contests/shows/meetings, heritage/nostalgia, tourism for the disabled, nature, arts, farm/home visits and more...seem to be on the cusp of popularity. Students will examine practices, resources, delivery systems, ethics, career development issues, literature, and research.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • REC 304 Community Recreation and Tourism

    This course focuses on inventory, survey, assessment, and promotion of products/services of community recreation resources for visitors and residents. Students will learn how tourism is an important component of community recreation programming.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • REC 305 Meeting Planning

    This course presents concepts necessary for the meeting planner to successfully solicit/develop and manage conventions and special events, commonly participated in during leisure time. Techniques of delivery, planning, managing and assessing economic impact, as well as highlighting the role of the convention and visitors bureau as a catalyst for regional leisure economic development of business travel will be included. As an elective, this course is for students in recreation, communications, marketing, and other fields. Though the course makes reference to the hotel industry, it is taught from the perspective of the meeting planner.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 307 Outdoor Pursuits-Land

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Skill development in outdoor recreation land-based activities (hiking, bouldering, caving, backpacking, etc.) and related environmental practices. Focuses on outdoor leadership development. Field trips and overnight educational outings may be required. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus meetings. Students in the Parks and Outdoor Recreation emphasis will have additional course cost related to specific gear and clothing related to their profession. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • REC 309 Outdoor Pursuits-Water

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Skill development in outdoor recreation water-based activities (canoeing, kayaking, etc.) and related environmental practices. Focuses on outdoor leadership development. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus meetings. Field trips and weekend educational outings required. Students of the Parks and Outdoor recreation emphasis will have additional course costs due to the gear and clothing required by their profession. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 311 Outdoor/Adventure Education

    The scope, methods, and importance of using the outdoors as a teaching tool for both individual and group education settings. Field trip(s) required.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 315 Introduction to Private/Commercial Recreation

    Overview of the spectrum of private planning, delivery and assessment of goods and services in the private and commercial sector.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 320 Fundamentals of Tourism

    Geographical and recreational elements of tourism and travel including social, economic, environmental and political factors. Career options will be identified. Students participate in tourism research projects. One field trip may be required.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 325 Leisure Education

    This course is designed to identify and experientially implement the concept of leisure education and examine individual interview techniques, group process approaches, techniques, and strategies, and other appropriate materials facilitating the leisure education process.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 328 Statistical Applications in Recreation, Sport and Park Administration

    Prerequisite: 30 hours and completion of General Education mathematics requirement.

    Introduction to statistical applications most commonly used in recreation, sport, and park administration services research; analysis, interpretation and presentation of data related to recreation, sport, and park administration services; particularly measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability, probability distributions, sampling, standard error, interval estimation, and hypothesis testing. This course cannot be credited toward a degree if a student has passed any of the following: AGR 330, MTH 340, PSY 200, QBA 237, SOC 302.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 330 Leisure Research Applications

    Prerequisite: REC 152 and REC 328.

    An overview of the purpose, basic procedures, research designs, and computer applications in leisure research. Familiarization with and interpretation of research literature in the field of recreation, sport, and park services.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 335 Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Practicum

    Prerequisite: REC 152 and REC 190 and REC 205; and permission of practicum instructor.

    A practical experience which the student can relate to classroom theory. Students are assigned to recreation, sport, and park administration agencies for exposure to structure, programming, and philosophy of the cooperating agency. Practicum experience must be a minimum of 100 hours. Students should report to the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration office at least six (6) months prior to the semester the practicum is desired. May be repeated once for credit but each practicum must be in a different recreation, sport, and park administration agency. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • REC 390 Recreation Programming

    Prerequisite: REC 152 and REC 190 and REC 205 and 60 hours.

    Students will examine various program areas and various approaches to program determination; development process for program planning, and gain experience in brochure and survey development.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 400 Therapeutic Recreation Foundations

    Prerequisite: REC 205; and either KIN 250 or BMS 307 or concurrent enrollment.

    Acquaint students with history, philosophy, theories, principles, concepts, techniques, and skills in the provision of therapeutic recreation programs and services.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • REC 401 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment Evaluation, Intervention Techniques and Modalities

    Prerequisite: REC 400.

    Focuses on use of assessment, evaluation, and facilitation technique in the delivery of treatment program modalities commonly found in therapeutic recreation practice.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 405 Camp Administration

    A study of the techniques and principles involved in the administration of modern camps.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 406 Promoting Leisure Services

    Prerequisite: REC 152.

    To provide the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration students with an emphasis in Recreation Management or Sport Administration with an overview of low-cost strategies of planning and executing promotion for non-profit, government and profit making leisure services. Emphasis will be made on working with non-profit organizations.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 410 Recreation Leadership Supervision

    Prerequisite: REC 152 and REC 190 and REC 205 and 60 credit hours.

    A study of the processes, methods, and characteristics of leadership and supervision in the delivery of leisure services.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 411 Outdoor Pursuits

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    To acquaint the student with a variety of outdoor pursuit activities. Skill development, environmental values and impact considerations of outdoor experiences will be emphasized. Field trips and a weekend educational outing required. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 415 Risk Management for Recreation, Sport, and Park Agencies

    Prerequisite: 75 hours.

    This course is designed to look at the various risk management concepts, laws, and administrative practices that address the legal environment of recreation, sport, and park agencies within the scope of our legal culture. Our Constitution, legal liability related to safe environs, crowd control, transportation, employee rules and regulations, workplace risk, and the general management of risk situations and aspects will be the central core of this course.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 420 Trends and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

    Prerequisite: REC 401; and either KIN 252 or BMS 308 or concurrent enrollment.

    Designed to focus on contemporary issues, trends, practices, and professional literature, media resources, and research related to the delivery of therapeutic recreation services.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • REC 422 Recreation Facility and Area Management

    Prerequisite: admission to the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration program (major or minor); and 90 hours; and REC 390.

    Elements of locating, planning, developing, maintaining, and financing various recreation facilities and areas management. Study of management principles and responsibilities applicable to leisure settings.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 423 Administration of Recreation, Sport, and Park Agencies

    Prerequisite: admission to the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration program (major or minor); and 90 hours; and REC 390.

    This course is usually taken with REC 422. Presentation of administrative principles of leisure oriented agencies. Specific approaches to financing, personnel budgets, facility operation, policy development, departmental structure, public relations, legal aspects, and evaluation procedures are presented.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 451 Outdoor Leadership

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    This course emphasizes experiential teaching/learning using the Wilderness Education Association curriculum under field conditions which builds upon the student's prior outdoor study and experience. The result is a practical group experience in the outdoors spent enjoyably and safely with minimum harm to the environment. This environmental stewardship course stresses leadership, decision making, low impact camping, sound expedition behavior and environmental ethics. Field trips will be required. May be repeated once. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • REC 490 Orientation to Internship

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Orientation to the internship experience, including the student application process, the agency application and contractual agreement, the expectations of the University, the responsibilities of the student and the agency, appropriate completion of logs, planned experiences, time summaries and assigned problems. Students planning to intern in the Spring semester must enroll in this course during the preceding Fall semester, and students planning to intern in the Summer or Fall semesters must enroll in this course during the preceding Spring semester.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • REC 491 Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Internship

    Prerequisite: complete all other coursework (including General Education Program, major(s), minors(s), if applicable, and all general baccalaureate degree requirements); and cumulative Missouri State GPA of at least 2.20; and first-aid and CPR competency met and maintained current throughout internship; and permission of internship coordinator.

    Supervised field experience which provides the student with an opportunity to make the transition from the classroom to actual involvement in a leisure service agency. In addition to the 10 week (optional 15 week) involvement, students are required to (l) meet with the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration internship coordinator during the preceding semester to secure an internship site and clarify internship responsibilities, and (2) complete a notebook during the internship. Credit will be based on the length of the internship period and students receive either 8 hours or 12 hours. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hours:
    8-12
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • REC 495 Seminar in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Study of various recreation, sport, and park administration topics from contemporary and/or technical points of view. Students should check the current class schedule to determine the topic. May be repeated, provided the topic is different, to a maximum of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • REC 499 Special Problems

    Prerequisite: permission of Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Program Director.

    Directed reading or special investigation of a particular problem within the field of recreation, sport, and park administration and research projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated up to a maximum of 5 hours of credit.

    Credit hours:
    1-5
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings