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The benefits of recreation are endless.


The faculty within Recreation Professions Program believe that recreation is a subject worth studying and dedicating our lives to. We came into the Recreation Professions department from a variety of academic and practitioner settings, meaning that our students get the best of both worlds. Courses are taught by faculty with high academic achievements and standards, as all of our faculty have a PhD or Master's degree and have worked within the many fields of recreation. We believe that the union of academics and field experience is what makes our program superior.

"There is no greater opportunity for people to experience self-actualization and the spiritual renewal, creative expression, discovery and stimulation than leisure offers." 

We provide three academic concentrations for our student majors, so that they may better connect with others like themselves, while learning to provide exceptional recreation experiences to others. Our concentrations are Recreation Management, Therapeutic Recreation, and Outdoor Recreation. (Click on the links to the left for more information about our program.)


  • Physical recreation and fitness contributes to a full and meaningful life
  • Regular physical activity is one of the very best methods of health insurance
  • Relaxation, rest, and revitalization through the opportunity of leisure is essential to stress management
  • Meaningful leisure activity is an essential source of self-esteem and positive body image
  • Leisure provides the opportunity to lead balanced lives, achieve our full potential, and gain life satisfaction
  • Children's play is essential to the human development process
  • Leisure opportunities for youth provide positive lifestyle choices and alternatives to self-destructive behavior
  • Parks and open spaces bring beauty to an area while giving people satisfaction and improving their quality of life

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  • Leisure provides leadership opportunities that build strong communities
  • Community recreation reduces alienation, loneliness, and anti-social behaviors
  • Community recreation promotes ethnic and cultural harmony
  • Recreating together builds strong families, the foundation of a stronger society
  • Leisure provides opportunities for community involvement, and shared management and ownership of resources
  • Integrated and accessible leisure services are critical to the quality of life of people with a disability and disadvantaged individuals
  • Leisure opportunities, facilities and the quality of the local environment are the foundations of community pride
  • Leisure services enrich and complement protective services for latchkey children through after-school and other recreational services

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  • Pay now or pay more later! Investment in recreation as a preventative health service makes sense
  • A fit work force is a productive work force
  • Small investments in recreation yield big economic returns
  • Parks and recreation services motivate business relation and expansion in your community
  • Meaningful leisure services reduce the high cost of vandalism and criminal activity
  • Recreation and park services are often the catalyst for tourism, a growing sector of our economy
  • Investment in environmental protection through the provision of parks and open spaces pay for themselves

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  • Through the provision of parks, open spaces and protected natural environments, recreation can contribute to the environmental health of our communities
  • The public is often prepared to pay for environmental protection and rehabilitation in their communities, and to support parks and recreation organizations that play a lead role in that protection
  • Investing in the environment, through parks and the provision of open spaces in residential areas, leads to an increase in neighborhood property values through accessibility to environmentally friendly green spaces and associated recreation opportunities
  • The trend toward natural environment based leisure activities is insurance for a new and improved environmental future

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