Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management
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Overview


A nationally accredited program, the Bachelor of Science in Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management offered by the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation prepares students to work in the ever-growing field of recreation service and sport and hospitality management areas. In addition to the core, students complete an emphasis in either Community and Worksite Wellness, Hospitality Management, Recreation and Sport Management, or Therapeutic Recreation.

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  • About Degree
  • Career Options
  • Internships

Unique to the Major in Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management is the opportunity to complete one emphases:

The Community and Worksite Wellness emphasis prepares students to advocate and create a culture of wellness both in a community setting as well as the workplace. Wellness coordinators often focus on healthy eating, physical activity, reduction in tobacco use, stress management, fitness programs, use of preventive screenings, programs and services, and improved physical environments (such as walking paths, healthy food choices and nutritional information provided on site).

The Hospitality Management emphasis provides students with the skills needed to be professionals in the hospitality field. Students completing this emphasis will be able to plan, execute, and evaluate events and meetings as well as begin the management track in casinos, resorts, spas, and other related travel and tourism enterprises. 

The Recreation and Sport Management emphasis provides students with the skills needed to serve leadership, supervisory, and management roles in city, park and recreation capacities and other leisure service agencies and sport industries. 

The Therapeutic Recreation emphasis equips students for supervisory and leadership positions in various private and community-based health care facilities delivering care to individuals with various disabilities. Completing the Therapeutic Recreation emphasis qualifies students to sit for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Exam.  This program includes a minor in Psychology, Gerontology, or Public Health.

Students completing the major in Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management 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 with various disabilities
  • Wellness delivery settings in communities, private corporations, and hospitals

The Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management degree program of study culminates in a 12-15-week internship. Although this career enhancing requirement can be completed locally, many students serve paid internships across the United States.

There are opportunities to gain Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management 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 Services, Sport and Hospitality Management, and Physical Education, five minors and certificates in Dance, Coaching, and Hospitality Management, 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. 

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