What is Recreation Administration?

The Field of Recreation Administration


Recreation contributes to the health and well-being of individuals, and enhances the quality of community life.

Our courses encourage students to learn and participate in hands-on activities to help all people live healthy, enjoyable, active and meaningful lifestyles. Recreation Administration majors are active in the classroom and in the community.

The profession focuses on the principles underlying recreational activities, and the practices involved in providing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and services for the general public.

These recreational activities and services take place in outdoor recreation, parks and recreation, therapeutic recreation programs for people with disabilities, campus recreation, commercial recreation, travel and tourism, and youth serving organizations.

The field of study is multidisciplinary, requiring an under- standing of social, behavioral and environmental sciences as they pertain to helping people grow and develop in their lei- sure pursuits while conserving our natural resources. Knowledge of the arts and humanities is also important, because leisure provides opportunities for self-expression and the development of community.

The Department


Our faculty are committed to providing a quality professional preparation program in recreation and leisure services, founded on a competency-based curriculum.

Graduates will have acquired specific competencies as identified by practitioners, faculty, and the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions. These  skills are related to leadership, program planning, recreation and leisure-oriented activities, budgeting, evaluation of pro- grams and personnel, professional ethics, service philosophy, research techniques, public relations, communication skills, risk management, legal aspects, administration, and facility planning and management.

The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions.

Career Opportunities


Recreation and leisure business comprises the second largest industry in the United States. Employment opportunities are excellent. Graduates who are highly motivated and assertive have been very successful in securing professional positions when they design their academic and work experience to meet the needs of the marketplace.

Recreation professionals lead, supervise, and manage recreation activities, oversee areas and facilities and promote leisure education for individuals and groups in public, private and non-profit agencies. Employment settings include municipal parks and recreation departments, private resorts, county, state and federal agencies; non-profit organizations; religious youth and adult organizations; hospitals; military installations; colleges and universities, and travel and tour companies.

In support of healthy individuals, families, and communities, career opportunities in recreation and leisure services are numerous and diverse. The recreation curriculum prepares students to design, implement, manage, lead, and evaluate recreation programs and services in the following professional preparation options: commercial recreation, community recreation and youth services, adventure recreation and tourism, therapeutic recreation, and sports and entertainment facility management.

Future Education

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to serve as a foundation for graduate education in recreation administration. The master’s degree may be required for some administrative positions in recreation.

The doctoral degree is desirable for those pursuing a career in higher education.