Recreation and Leisure, B.S. - Recreational Therapy

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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 2.5 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.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

'C' or better required.

Core Requirements (21 Credits)
REC 210 – Activity Development and Leadership
REC 220 Inclusive Recreation (T2CD)
REC 320 – Program Planning and Management
REC 470 – Evaluation & Research

Internships (9 credits)
select one:
REC 300 – Practicum
REC 301 – Internship I

select one:
REC 400 – Internship II
REC 433 – Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation

Recreational Therapy Concentration (24 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
REC 431 – Current Practices in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 441 – Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services

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


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


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.