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

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

This program has a separate admissions process. 

Overall GPA of 3.0 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 2 - Creative Drive
REC 220 - Inclusive Recreation

Tier 2 - Mind and Body
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


 54 Credits Required

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
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 450 - Death, Dying & Bereavement

9 Credits Required
REC 301 - Internship I

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


18 Credits Required

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


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).