Recreation and Leisure, B.S. - Youth Development and Leadership

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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.  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 (30 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 420 – Organization and Administration of Leisure
REC 470 – Evaluation & Research

REC 301 – Internship I

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

Concentration in Youth Development and Leadership (24 Credits)
REC 120 – Leadership Development (T2MB)
REC 251 – Recreation and Youth Development
REC 321 – Advanced Techniques of Program Planning and Management
REC 390 – Grant Writing
REC 461 – Entrepreneurship in Recreation
SMT 351 – Facility Design and Management
6 Additional Credits of REC or SMT or THE


PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)
PSY 219 – Lifespan Development

Select two from:
CMS 315 – Networked Youth Culture
MKT 200 – Principles of Marketing
PSC 351 – Public Policy Analysis
PSY 210 – Infant and Child Development
PSY 215 – Adolescent Development
SOC 322 – Sociology of the Family
SOC 338 – Juvenile Delinquency


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.