Recreation and Leisure Studies

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Jim 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
Lee deLisle, Professor
Michael Dodge, Associate Professor
Jim MacGregor, Associate 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 and Leisure

Introduction to the broad field of recreation and leisure studies. Explores career opportunities in the following four concentration areas: community recreation and youth development, therapeutic recreation, travel and tourism management, and sports management.

Special Information: Field trips may be required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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 2016

REC 150 - Recreational Team Sports

Survey of the basic terminology, skills, and rules of soccer, speedball, flag football, speed-away, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, and softball. Emphasis is on the organization, supervision, and planning aspects of these games.

2 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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

REC 241 - Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Provides students with knowledge of the historical, cultural, psychological, spiritual, and educational values and benefits associated with outdoor adventure recreation and application of methods utilized to lead people through numerous outdoor adventure activities that may include: canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and navigation, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and trail maintenance.

Special Information: Fields trips required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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: Spring 2016

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 2016

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 eight-week internship. 320 hours in a professional setting with emphasis on program leadership in various settings related to the delivery of community recreation, youth development, therapeutic recreation, sports, and travel and tourism programs.

Prerequisite(s): REC 320 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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 2016

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 2016

REC 320 - rogram Planning and Development

Principles of planning and the development of procedures and techniques used for the delivery of events and programs in community recreation and youth development, therapeutic recreation, sports management, and travel and tourism services.

Prerequisite(s): REC 210 and Recreation or Sport Management major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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: Spring 2016

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: Spring 2016

REC 400 - Internship II

Supervised 480-hour practicum over a 12-week period in a professional setting. Emphasis on programming, leadership, and management skills in various laboratory settings related to community, youth development, therapeutic recreation, sports, and travel and tourism programs.

Prerequisite(s): REC 300 or REC 301 and departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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: not yet offered

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 2016

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 2016

REC 433 - Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation

Supervised 480 hours practicum over a 12-week period in a therapeutic recreation setting under the direction of a certified therapeutic specialist. Emphasis upon leadership, documentation, and programming.

Prerequisite(s): REC 300 or REC 301; and REC 331 and departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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: Spring 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2015

REC 470 - Senior Research Methods

Basic principles of research, with specific characteristics and tools related to types of research germane to recreation and leisure services.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

REC 480 - Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

Analysis of the history and foundation of leisure, synthesis of leisure related concepts, and the 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 or REC 301) and REC 420.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

REC 499 - Independent Study

Independent study.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

SMT 356 - Sport and Tourism Marketing and Sales

Examination, comprehension, and application of the fundamental principles of marketing and sales. Addresses the specific demands of non-profit, governmental, and commercial organizations that provide sport and tourism experiences for diverse populations.

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

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016