Core Curriculum and Emphases

RSPA majors

Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirement: KIN 210(3) or KIN 286(3)

  2. Major Requirements (75-79 hours) Note: All other coursework (including General Education Program, major(s), minor(s), if applicable), and all General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, must be completed prior to taking REC 491, Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Internship.

    1. Core Requirements (51-55 hours)

      1. Complete the following courses: REC 152(3), 190(3), 200(3); REC 211(3) or 311(3); 302(3), 328(3), 335(3), 390(3), 406(3), 410(3), 415(3), 422(3), 423(3), 490(1), 491(8 or 12)

      2. Complete at least 3 hours of skills classes, with advisor approval, from the following: KIN 110(1), 112(1), 113(1), 114(1), 118(1), 125(1), 127(1), 130(1), 133(1), 135(1), 143(1), 145(1), 147(1), 149(1), 234(2), 240(2), 260(2), 264(2), 270(1), 273(1); AGS 161(3), 162(1); MIL 101(2), 102(2), 211(2); REC 160(1), 307(3), 309(3), 451(3).

    2. Complete 24 hours from one of the following emphasis areas:

      1. Health and Wellness Promotion. Prepares students for various opportunities in the fitness industry, health-related services, and wellness management and promotion. Courses required: KIN 257(2); 281 or 282(1); 350(3), 360(4), 362(4), 569(4); BMS 130(3); MKT 150(3)
      2. Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Prepares students for careers in parks and outdoor recreation and outdoor education within the public or private sector in adventure recreation, outdoor recreation/education facilities, or government natural resource management agencies. Courses required: REC 211 or 311(3); 305(3), 307(3), 309(3), 325(3); 451(3) or outdoor activity hours approved by advisor: COM 325(3), GRY 318(3).

      3. Recreation Management. Prepares students for careers in administering recreation services and events in the Armed Forces, municipal parks and recreation departments, campus recreation, sporting goods retail, facility management, residential camps, resort recreation, travel, tourism and hospitality industry, meeting planning, and not-for-profit organizations: at-risk youth organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs, church recreation, Scouting, and YMCA. Courses required: REC 305(3), REC 320(3), REC 325(3), KIN 234(2), KIN 468(4), BUS 135(3), MGT 286(3), MGT 340(3)

      4. Sport Administration: Prepares students for careers in leadership opportunities in administering athletic programs, athletic teams, competitive sport camps and clinics, facilities and leagues; managing various sport entities, including Olympic training sites, municipal league programs, youth sport agencies, tournament management, sport administration and marketing, special event planning, retail sports industries, and coaching at the college or above level. Courses required: REC 305(3), REC 325(3); KIN 210 or 286(3); KIN 218(2), KIN 234(2), KIN 386(3), KIN 485(2), BUS 135(3), MGT 286(3).

      5. Therapeutic Recreation: This emphasis has been temporarily suspended and is not being offered at this time. Contact the Kinesiology Department for more information.
    3. First Aid Proficiency: Each major must show proficiency in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Students must provide copies of their current First Aid and CPR cards/certifications to the internship coordinator prior to enrolling in REC 491 and maintain current certifications throughout the internship. Certifications can be completed by the following:
      1. Complete the American Red Cross First Aid course and CPR course and obtain certification (see www.redcross.org for information)
      2. Complete the American Heart Association First Aid course and CPR course and obtain certification (see www.americanheart.org for information)
      3. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of REC 335(3) and 491(8 or 12).

    5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirement: KIN 210(3) or KIN 286(3)

  2. Major Requirements (56-60 hours) Note: All other coursework (including General Education Program, major(s), minor(s), if applicable), and all General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, must be completed prior to taking REC 491, Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Internship.

    1. Core Requirements (47-51 hours)

      1. Complete the following courses: REC 152(3), 190(3), 200(3); REC 211(3) or 311(3) or 411(3); REC 330(3), 335(3), 390(3), 410(3), 422(3), 423(3), 490(1), 491(8 or 12)

      2. Complete the following statistics courses: REC 328(3)

      3. Complete at least 5 hours of skills classes, with advisor approval, from the areas below with a maximum of 4 hours from any one area:

        1. Arts and Crafts: ART 100(3), 115(3), 212(3), 255(3); CIS 205(3)

        2. Dance and Rhythms: KIN 125(1), 240(2), 270(1); MUS 100(2), 103(3), 104(3), 133(1), 135(1), 137(1)

        3. Drama and Theater: ENG 334(3); THE 224(1), 255(2), 506(3)

        4. Outdoor Education Activities: AGS 161(3), 162(1); MIL 101(2), 102(2), 211(2); KIN 110(1), 114(1), 260(2); REC 160(1), 451(3)

        5. Sports: KIN 112(1), 113(1), 118(1), 127(1), 130(1), 133(1), 135(1), 143(1), 145(1), 147(1), 149(1), 234(2), 264(2), 273(1)

    2. Complete, with advisor approval, 9 hours from one of the following emphases:

      1. Recreation Management:
        Prepares students for careers in administering recreation services and events in the Armed Forces, municipal parks and recreation departments, campus recreation, sporting goods retail, facility management, residential camps, resort recreation, travel, tourism and hospitality industry, meeting planning, and not-for-profit organizations: at-risk youth organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs, church recreation, Scouting, and YMCA. Complete the following 3 Required Courses: REC 406(3), 415(3); MGT 340(3) or PSY 305(3).
      2. Sport Administration:
        Prepares students for careers in leadership opportunities in administering athletic programs, athletic teams, competitive sport camps and clinics, facilities and leagues; managing various sport entities, including Olympic training sites, municipal league programs, youth sport agencies, tournament management, sport administration and marketing, special event planning, retail sports industries, and coaching at the college or higher level. Complete the following 3 Required Courses: REC 325(3), 406(3), 415(3).
    3. First Aid Proficiency: Each major must show proficiency in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Students must provide copies of their current First Aid and CPR cards/certifications to the internship coordinator prior to enrolling in REC 491 and maintain current certifications throughout the internship. Certifications can be completed by the following:

      1. Complete the American Red Cross First Aid course and CPR course and obtain certification (see www.redcross.org for information)
      2. Complete the American Heart Association First Aid course and CPR course and obtain certification (see www.americanheart.org for information)

      3. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification

    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of REC 335(3) and 491(8 or 12).
  3. Minor required (or second major)

  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

RSPA minors

Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
  1. Complete the following six courses: REC 152(3), 190(3), 205(3), 390(3), 422(3), 423(3)

  2. Complete one of the following courses: REC 211(3), 311(3), 411(3)