The Recreation Program is based on a foundation of liberal education. Please click here to read an article written on the subject by faculty from the Recreation Program.
Conducted from a foundation of liberal education, the Recreation Program prepares students to enhance the quality of individual and community life through the provision of recreation and leisure services for all people. Based on this mission, students shall develop the values, knowledge, skill, and qualities to perform proficiently and ethically as professionals. In particular, they shall:
- Understand principles of social justice and be able to develop policies and practices that make recreation and leisure opportunities available to all people.
- Understand the relation between leisure and the arts, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences.
- Be able to think critically and use diverse methods of understanding, including logic, scientific method, philosophical argument, ethical reasoning, and systems-thinking.
- Be able to speak and write effectively.
- Understand ethical principles, be able to make sound ethical judgments, and understand the importance of moral character.
- Acquire a basic knowledge of the history, philosophy, and science of recreation and leisure.
- Understand the benefits of leisure and recreation for the well-being of individuals and the welfare of communities.
- Be able to work effectively in a multicultural society by understanding how diversity affects leisure and recreation and how recreation and leisure contribute to the diverse threads and the common fabric of society.
- Understand the relationship between leisure behavior and the natural environment.
- Be able to analyze contemporary moral, social, and political issues in relation to recreation and leisure.
- Possess the technical knowledge and skills required of recreation professionals, including the areas of planning, management, assessment, leadership, evaluation, and budget and finance.
- Be well prepared in their area of specialization, including ecotourism, outdoor recreation, community recreation, and therapeutic recreation.
Three interrelated dimensions
Guided by its mission statement and goals, the Recreation Program consists of three interrelated dimensions: content, process, and structure:
- Content refers to the broad body of knowledge constituting the liberal arts and sciences (that inform and shape professional practice) and to that body of knowledge belonging to recreation and leisure services.
- Process refers to applying the principles and methods of liberal education to study in recreation and leisure services.
- Structure refers to the form used to implement the Recreation Program. Specifically, it refers to the configuration and sequence of the "Phase" system and its courses and to the total university learning experience. In sum, the curriculum is synergistic. Each fundamental element--process, content, structure--interactively contributes to a sound undergraduate education for students wishing to serve society through the provision of leisure services.