Recreation and Leisure, B.S. - Child Life Specialist

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The program outline and graduation requirements are listed below.  In addition, free electives are selected to reach 120 credits overall and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.

The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:  


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements.  To review more detailed information regarding these requirements, please visit Degree Requirements >>General Education (LEP) Requirements. Courses in the major and/or cognate may also be used to satisfy LEP requirements where noted below (*).


Courses with less than 'C' must be repeated within two semester. Students receiving grades of 'C' or lower in more than one recreation course may be dismissed from this major.

REC 202 - Methods and Materials: Birth to Five
REC 220 - Inclusive Recreation (T2CD)*
REC 231 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 311 - Intro to Child Life Therapy
REC 312 - Therapeutic Play
REC 320 - Program Planning and Management
REC 331 - Therapeutic Recreation: Assessment and Individualized Programming
REC 391 - Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 420 - Organization and Administration of Leisure
REC 470 - Senior Research Methods
REC 480 - Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure
6 Additional Credits of REC

SOC 322 - Sociology of the Family
PCH 348 - Death, Dying & Bereavement

Internships (9 Credits):
REC 301 - Internship I

Select one (6 credits): 
REC 400 - Internship II
REC 433 - Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation


EXS 280 - Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)*
PSY 210 - Infant & Child Development
PSY 215 - Adolescent Psychology
PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
PSY 321- Abnormal Psychology