Major Requirements — Parks and Recreation Leadership

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Bachelor of Science
The parks and recreation field involves managing and leading the recreation programs and business operating systems in settings such as community, state, and national parks, , resorts, youth camps, college campuses, assisted living centers, outdoor education centers and nature centers. The Parks and Recreation Leadership program prepares students to design, manage and lead recreation programs in all of those settings.

The program enables students to develop core values of integrity, citizenship, excellence and lifelong learning and acquire foundational parks and recreation knowledge and skills. Additionally, the development of critical thinking, written and oral com­munication skills are addressed throughout the curriculum.

Students in the Parks and Recreation Leadership program are encouraged to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Students are also advised throughout the program that parks and recreation leadership professionals must continually update their professional knowledge and skills during and after degree completion.

Parks and Recreation Leadership Core, Support Courses and Service Requirements
Parks and Recreation Leadership majors take core professional and supportive courses and complete general education degree requirements.

Required Core Program: 44 semester hours

REC1750 Practicum in Outdoor Living Skills (4)
REC1760 Leisure and Society (4)
REC2220 Recreational Leadership (4)
REC2500 Working with Diverse Populations in Parks and Recreation (4)
REC3330 Recreation Programming (4)
REC3400 Outdoor Recreation and Education (4)
REC3500 Outdoor Recreation Skills I (4)
REC3510 Outdoor Recreation Skills II (4)
REC3990 Recreation Administration: Issues & Ethics (4)
REC4400 Camp and Outdoor Center Administration (4)
REC4980 Senior Seminar in Parks and Recreation Leadership (4)

Required Internship: 4 semester hours

REC4780 Parks and Recreation Leadership Internship

Required Support Courses: 12 semester hours

SUS3300 Environmental Statistics (4)
PSY3250 Lifespan Development (4)
BIO2200 Humans and the Environment (4)