Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management

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James MacGregor
CHAIRPERSON
Office Building 1
(203) 392-6388 – Fax (203) 392-6147
macgregorj1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6388

Mary Jo Archambault, Assistant Professor
Raymond Cotrufo, Assistant Professor
Lee deLisle, Professor
Michael Dodge, Associate Professor
James MacGregor, Associate Professor
Kevin McGinniss, Assistant Professor
Deborah Smith, Associate Professor

MAJOR PROGRAM

The department offers a B.S. degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a B.S. degree in Sport Management.  The department also offers minors in Leadership Development and Event Management.

B.S., RECREATION AND LEISURE STUDIES

The B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies curriculum is designed to provide the student with a broad foundation of professional preparation in the recreation and leisure industries. Recognition is given to the wide diversity of recreation and leisure career opportunities by providing emphasis in professional areas through which the student will obtain orientation to specific careers. Students direct their career aspirations through the selection of a concentration area of study. These areas of concentration are: therapeutic recreation; community recreation and youth development; and tourism, hospitality, and event management.

The professional emphasis focuses on planning, leading, administering, managing, and evaluating in a variety of settings and program fields. A minimum of 123 credits is required for graduation. The choice of electives is available for the individual needs of students.

Students interested in pursuing career options in therapeutic recreation may elect that emphasis area in order to facilitate their eligibility for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). This area of emphasis includes successful completion of REC 231, REC 331, REC 391, REC 431, and REC 441 as well as an approved field experience in therapeutic recreation (REC 433). These credits are taken as part of the 123-credit program.

Any student majoring in recreation and leisure studies receiving a grade lower than a "C" in any recreation course must repeat that course within two semesters. Students receiving grades of "C" or lower in more than one recreation course may be dismissed from this major.

B.S., SPORT MANAGEMENT

The major in Sport Management is designed to prepare students for positions within all sectors of the sport industry, including professional organizations, college athletics, scholastic sports, recreational sport, and sport events and facilities.  Coursework includes instruction in program planning and development, business practices, financial management principles, human resource management, marketing and sales, event and facility management, as well as the ethical and legal aspects of sports.  Students gain industry experience through internships arranged with professional sports teams, college athletic departments, public and private facilities, sport and convention centers, sports marketing companies, and municipal, non-profit, and commercial sports organizations. 

MINOR IN EVENT MANAGEMENT

Students learn the management skills necessary for the planning, organization, direction, and assessment of special events. Included are festivals, sports, tourism, fundraising, meetings, conferences, cultural programming, destination and venue management, and related experiences. Theoretical information is supplemented by event-based service learning projects and practicum experience.

MINOR IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The minor consists of 18 credits and is designed to provide students with foundational and contextual leadership principles and practice that expand their ability to exercise leadership in their private, professional, and civic lives.

REC 100 - Introduction to Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management

Introduction to the field of recreation and leisure services. Explores career oppurtunities in the following leisure related areas: community recreation; youth development; therapeutic recreation; tourism; hospitality and event management; sport management.

Special Information: Field trips may be required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 105 - Recreation and Lifetime Skills

Stress is on increasing knowledge and performance in the outdoor recreation activities. Includes casting and angling, shooting sports, sailing, canoeing, power boating, snow skiing, hiking, bicycling and scuba diving.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

REC 120 - Leadership Development

Exploration of concepts of leadership leading to the acquisition of skills useful in developing and directing recreation and leisure services to meet the needs of service participants. Leadership theories, styles, methods, and techniques are analyzed.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 202 - Methods & Materials: Birth to Five

Through instruction, observation, and practice, students will gain an understanding of how to lead individuals and groups in various recreational activities. Activity requirements based upon human growth and development of individual's birth to five will specifically be analyzed.

Prerequisite(s):

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

REC 210 - Activity Development and Leadership

Application of methods and materials utilized to lead people in games of low organization, informal activities, and individual and team sports. Analysis of activities and specific techniques for adapting activities in recreation.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 220 - Inclusive Recreation

Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of persons with disabilities with regard to assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation and leisure services in the community.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 231 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation

Introduction to history, philosophy, theories, and concepts of therapeutic recreation services in clinical and community- based settings. Description of special population groups, terminology, and the role of therapeutic recreation specialist.

Special Information: Field trips required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 241 - Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Provides students with knowledge of leadership styles, planning and organization, risk management, and environmental impact of outdoor adventure recreation activities. Numerous experiential learning oppurtunities via recreation activities in various outdoor settings.

Special Information: Fields trips required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 251 - Recreation and Youth Development

Examination of youth development practices and principles in a recreation context.

Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 260 - Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Explores the world's largest industries, tourism, hospitality, and event management. Topics include the history foundations, and career opportunities in industries susch as food, lodging, resorts, commerical tourism enterprises, entertainment and event management. Industries are studied from both regional and global contexts including an overview of the history, geography, and economics of tourism in world cultures.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

REC 298 - Special Topics

Examination of developmetns, issues, and/or creative work in the field of recreation.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

REC 300 - Practicum I

Supervised practicum of 320 hours in a professional setting with emphasis on supervisory teaching, or program leadership in various laboratory settings relating to outdoor, community, rehabilitative, or non-profit recreation programs. Scheduled in junior year.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320, departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

REC 301 - Internship I

Supervised six-week internship. 260 hours in a professional setting with emphasis on program leadership in various settings related to the delivery of community recreation; youth development; therapeutic recreation; tourism, hospitality and event management programs.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 307 - Disabilities in Society

Exploration of the range of human experiences of individuals with disabilities and the associated attitudes which shaped historic treatment leading to reforms, advocacy techniques useful in arranging services for people with disabilities. The interrelationships of societal institutions, methods to exert control, the responses of societies to these issues current best practices, and the forecasting of future trends and issues. Emphasis on inclusion, integration, and community membership are explored.

Special Information: Community-based service learning and observation are required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 311 - Introduction to Child Life Therapy

Introduction to the history, philosophy, theories, and concepts relating to child life services in a hospital setting. The role of child life specialist as a member of the healthcare team will be examined. Concepts include the recognition of the importance and therapeutic value of recreation/play in a hospital setting, effective design of play areas within a hospital setting, and the effects of hospitalization on children and families. Theories explored include the use of recreation and play as a therapeutic modality in a hospital setting and the relationship between developmental stages and the play/coping skills of the hospitalized child.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 312 - Therapeutic Play

Provides students with the theoretical, historical and practical applications of play and uses play as a therapeutic modality for children.

Prerequisite(s): Junior Status

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

REC 320 - rogram Planning and Management

Principles of planning procedures and techniques used for development and delivery of leisure-related programs and services.

Prerequisite(s): REC 210, or REC 260, or SMT 271

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 321 - Advanced Techniques of Program Planning and Management

Advanced principles of program planning, and the procedures and techniques used for the development, implementation, staffing, delivery and evaluation of community and youth based recreation programs and leisure services. Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 331 - Therapeutic Recreation: Assessment and Individualized Programming

Introduction to various assessment techniques used in the practice of therapeutic recreation, methods used to conduct client assessments, and development of client specific individualized program plans.

Prerequisite(s): REC 231.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 360 - Travel and Tourism: Principles and Practices

Investigations of the principles and practices of the global tourism system. Topics include, tourism development, policies and marketing strategies, structures of local and global tourism agencies, tourism operating sectors, and the associated social, cultural, environmental impacts of tourism.

Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 363 - Event Management

Explores theoretical concepts and practical applications designed to provide a framework for the management of resources associated with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of special events. Serves as the foundation for the event management minor.

Special Information: Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 364 - Event Management Advanced Applications

Apply concepts from event management to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate an actual event on campus or in the local community.

Special Information: Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 363.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 365 - Event Planning and Production

Students become active participants in the operation of an event organization on campus. Best practices and principles in event management are studied and applied to the student run organization. Contractual oppurtunities are identified and developed with on and off campus organizations seeking assistance with event planning and delivery.

Prerequisite(s): REC 364

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

REC 366 - Hospitality Service Management

Introduces skills and develops the professional disposition needed to manage hospitality enterprises in an ethical and sustainable manner.

Prerequisite(s): REC 260 and 6 credits in REC or SMT.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

REC 368 - Risk Management in Tourism, Hospitality, andEvent Management

Analysis of risk factors and development of startegic plans for the remediation of risks inherent in tourism, hospitatlity and event environments.

Prerequisite(s): REC 260

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 381 - Leisure in Contemporary Society

Examines leisure as a human, cultural mirror and social instrument. Utilizes literature from several academic disciplines. Explores the importance of leisure on both the individual’s quality of life and for society’s well-being.

Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 301 or SMT 401.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

REC 390 - Grant Writing

Fundamental principles of writing powerful proposals. Examination of finding funds, designing winning grant projects, and writing grant proposals. An exploration of skills, knowledge, and ability to pursue funding opportunities from a variety of foundation, corporation, and state and federal sources. Basic components of a grant proposal are explored.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

REC 391 - Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation

Interventions and facilitation techniques in the provision of therapeutic recreation services for individuals with disabilities. Focus is on identifying and applying the principles of planning, leading, and evaluating therapeutic interventions and techniques used throughout the rehabilitation process.

Prerequisite(s): REC 231.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 396 - Student Activities and Leadership Development inHigher Education

Examines all aspects of the delivery of student programs and services to a campus population. Emphasis on understanding student populations, application of leadership theories and practices in providing student activities, and an understanding of the impact on student growth and development.

Prerequisite(s): REC 120

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

REC 400 - Internship II

Supervised 400 hour internship over a 10 week period in a professional setting. Emphasis on programming, leadership, and management skills in professional settings related to recereation, youth development, therapeutic recreation, sport, and tourism, hospitatlity and event programs.

Prerequisite(s): REC 301 or SMT 401 and departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 403 - Mediating Problems in Community Settings and Programs

Develops skills needed to serve as neutral third-party facilitator in youth nd community programs and settings. Focus on experiential training using a wide range of formats including role plays, videos, lectures, discussions, and skills demonstrations. Meets the 40-hour course requirement many mediation centers, courts and other agencies use to qualify mediators.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

REC 420 - Organization and Administration of Leisure

Entry-level practitioners are provided with understanding of basic principles of administration and management and their application to delivery of services. Administrative duties at all levels of service are analyzed.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 431 - Current Practices in Therapeutic Recreation

Examination of therapeutic recreation and its role within the rehabilitation process. Focus includes behavioral intervention techniques, quality improvement systems, and current issues facing therapeutic recreation practices.

Prerequisite(s): REC 231.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

REC 433 - Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation

Supervised 560 hour field experience over a 14-week period in a therapeutic recreation setting under the on-site supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Emphasis on assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluationg recreation therapy programs.

Prerequisite(s): REC 301 , deparmental permission and three of the following: REC 231, REC 331, REC 391, REC 431 REC 441

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 441 - Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services

Through both instruction and observation, students will gain a management perspective that relates to the delivery and evaluation of therapeutic recreation services provided across a continuum of care/services.

Prerequisite(s): REC 231.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 460 - Seminar in Recreation and Leisure Education

A final professional experience for majors in recreation and leisure education to review, re-emphasize and discuss areas of recreation. Job opportunities, the preparation of resumes and related information is covered.

Prerequisite(s): REC major.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 461 - Seminar in Commercial Recreation

A synthesis of the components of commercial recreation with emphasis upon the conceptualization of commercial recreation, its relationship to social, economic, and demographic factors and business principles.

Prerequisite(s): REC 420 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

REC 463 - Global Tourism Impacts and Management

Investigation and critical analysis of case studies relating to cultural, environmental, and economic impacts of tourism development in a global context. Topics include a review of tourism ethics and their application in tourism management principles to ensure the sustainability of tourism-related resources.

Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): REC 260.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

REC 470 - Research Methods

Principles of research and evaluation, focused on research and evaluation characteristics and tools germane to leisure-related services.

Prerequisite(s): Rec 320, or one 300-level SMT course

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

REC 480 - Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

Analysis of the history and foundation of leisure, synthesis of leisure related concepts, and development of a professional philosophy to guide decisions and conduct as a practitioner in the fields of: community recreation, youth development, therapeutic recreation, travel and tourism, and sports management services.

Prerequisite(s): REC 300, 301 and 420.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

REC 499 - Independent Study

Independent study.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SMT 200 - Recreational Team Sports

Exploration and examination of the philosophy, administration, supervision, and programming aspects involved in the design and delivery of recreational youth sports.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SMT 207 - Adaptive Recreational Sport

Adaptive recreational sport programs meet the sport activity needs of individuals in competitive and non-competitive environments. A thorough analysis of the organizations, policies, and procedures needed to plan, deliver, and evaluate adaptive sports.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 271 - Introduction to Sports Management

A study of the historical evolution of professional sports management and focus on practice, current issues and future trends in the various sectors of the sports industry, while exploring career opportunities available in sport management. Enhances the students’ written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking skills, and their ability to discuss and formulate a position on various issues in sports. Students learn how fundamental principles and structures in management, marketing, law, finance, and ethics interrelate as components in the overall operation of sports management.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 295 - Evolution of Fantasy Sports & Sport Gaming

A comprehensive examination of the history and continuing evolution of the fantasy sports and sport gaming industries, their recent contributions to the rapid growth in popularity of professional and intercollegiate sport, and the social and legal implications of these prodcut and service offerings in today's society.

Prerequisite(s): SMT 271

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SMT 351 - Facility Design and Management

Principles of planning, construction, maintaining and managing recreation and sport facilities.

Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credits in REC.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 354 - Sport Communication and Promotion

Introduction to the communication and promotional area of sport and athletic management. Points of particular emphasis will include the role of sport communication and promotion in intercollegiate athletics and professional sports, and the roles and responsibilities of the sports information director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SMT 355 - Ethics in Sport Management

Ethical and moral issues as they relate to sport. Historical foundations of moral and ethical thinking are examined to provide a framework for contemporary issue analysis. Students examine and clarify their personal ethical and moral values in order to integrate them into their professional lives.

Prerequisite(s): SMT 271.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 356 - Sport Marketing

Examination, comprehension, and application of the fundamental principles of sport marketing, sponsorship, and sales. Addresses the specific demands of professional and intercollegiate sport organizations, as well as community organizations that provide sport experiences for diverse populations.

Prerequisite(s): REC 251 or REC 261 or SMT 271

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 357 - Legal Issues in Recreation and Sports

An introduction of legal issues, topics and principles related to the management of sports and recreation services. Students develop an awareness of and the application of legal requirements in the management of services.

Special Information: Field trips are required.

Prerequisite(s): SMT 271.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 388 - Organization & Administration of Sport Management

Provides an advanced analysis of sport managmeent including finance management, global sport governance, group dynamics, labor relations management and promotion.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320 and SMT 271

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SMT 401 - Practicum II

Supervised practicum in a professional setting. Intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply, practice, and enhance leadership, programming, and/or management skills learned in the classroom through workplace experience.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 454 - International Sport Management & Governance

Examines the international sport industry's connections and differences with the sport industry in the United States. Class discussions will focus on the increasing globalization of sport, the structure and function of major international sport goverrning bodies, managing international sport events, marketing international sport, and current trends and issues affecting sport on a global level.

Prerequisite(s): SMT 271 and SMT 388

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SMT 455 - Organization and Administration of Sport Management

Provides an advanced analysis of sport management including financial management, human resource management, global sport governance, group dynamics, labor relations, risk management, facility and event management and promotion.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320 and SMT 271.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 456 - Sport Finance

Introduction to the basics of sport finance and economics. Course work will include financial concepts related to the sport industry, including: managing revenues and expeneses; securing and evaluating sport sponsorships; financing new sport facilities; engaging in budgeting and projection; analyzing financial markets and environmental conditions; business structures; financial statements; the time value of money; capital budgeting; and inventory/production management.

Prerequisite(s): SMT 388

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SMT 457 - Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Sports Management

An exploration of issues and topics related to the societal, behavioral, ethical, and legal environment of sports organizations. Students explore, analyze, and apply the current thinking to a myriad of issues facing sports organizations. They demonstrate mastery of analysis of assigned case studies and topics extant in sports management, developing appropriate practical management strategies in their capacity as sports organization managers.

Prerequisite(s):REC 320 and SMT 271.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SMT 465 - Sport Analytics

Introduction to the ongoing implementation of analytic approaches in the management of sport organizations. Review of the history of the application of the analytics related to in-game decision making, roster construction, and financial management for major professional sport franchises. Course delivery will involve a blend of lectures, readings, multimedia, statistical excercises, and a culminating project in which students will critically examine a sport orgranization's implementation of analytics to inform its recent operations.

Prerequisite(s): SMT 388

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered