Recreation Administration

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Undergraduate Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation, a nationally accredited program offered by the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, prepares students to work in the ever-growing field of recreation. In addition to the core, students complete an emphasis from either Recreation Administration, Therapeutic Recreation, or Community, Corporate and Hospital Wellness. A minor and internship are also required.

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  • Career Options
  • Internships

The Recreation Administration emphasis provides students with the skills needed to serve in leadership, supervisory, and management roles in city park and recreation capacities and other leisure service agencies. Upon completion of the program, students are encouraged to take the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Exam offered by the National Recreation and Park Association. This program includes a minor in Business Administration, Dance, Marketing, or Natural History.

Students completing the Major in Recreation will have the knowledge and ability to work in such positions as:

  • City/community park and recreation services  
  • Private and community-based health care facilities for individuals of all ages and with various disabilities
  • Wellness delivery settings in communities, in private corporations, and in hospitals

There are opportunities to gain Recreation experience while taking classes:

  • Various community park and recreation services in the area
  • Field and practicum experiences in the area
  • Local internship opportunities

About Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation, and Physical Education, a minor and certificate in Dance, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs. Exercise Science and Recreation meet requirements for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which is a tuition discount program for non-resident students to attend Pittsburg State University. Students who have been selected to receive the MSEP discount will be charged 150 percent of resident tuition rates. Residents from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible.

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