Recreation and Leisure, B.S. - Recreation Therapy M.S. Accelerated Pathway

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The B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies (Concentration: Recreation Therapy B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and the M.S. in Recreation and Leisure (Concentration: Recreation Therapy Accelerated Pathway) in five years. 

The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (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, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


(*) When up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, they are recommended below; only two courses within Explorations (T2) may be fulfilled by courses in the same subject.  

'C' or better required.

Recreation and Leisure Requirements (24 Credits)
REC 100 – Introduction to Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management
REC 210 – Activity Development and Leadership
REC 220 – Inclusive Recreation (T2CD)*
REC 250 – Leadership and Professional Development in Recreation and Sport
REC 320 – Program Planning and Management

REC 301 – Internship I

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

Concentration Requirements (18 Credits)
REC 231 – Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 314 – Medical Aspects of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 331 – Therapeutic Recreation: Assessment and Individualized Programming
REC 391 – Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation

Select 2 from:
CMD 205 – Social Communication
REC 202 – Methods: Birth to Five
REC 205 – Circus Arts in Recreation
REC 251 – Recreation and Youth Development
REC 288 – Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions
REC 303 – Functional Interventions for Optimal Aging
REC 307 – Disabilities in Society
REC 311 – Introduction to Child Life Clinical Practice
REC 312 – Therapeutic Play
REC 403 – Mediation: Community Settings
RSP 330 – Case Studies in Medical Ethics
SMT 207 – Adaptive Recreation Sport

Accelerated Pathway Requirements (12 Credits)
REC 541 – Advanced Concepts in Recreational Therapy Services
REC 574 – Park and Recreation Management
REC 575 – Operational Research: Recreation
REC 581 – Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation Service


HMS 280 – Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)*
PSY 219 – Lifespan Development
PSY 321 – Abnormal Psychology
PSY @   – Psychology Elective