Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Recreation?
The purpose of recreation and leisure is to contribute to the health and well being of individuals and to enhance the quality of community life. As such, the study of Recreation is multidisciplinary, requiring understanding of the social, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences as they pertain to helping people grow and develop in their leisure while conserving our vital natural resources. Knowledge of the arts and humanities is important as well, because leisure is one of the most fertile opportunities for self-expression and the development of community.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Recreation and leisure contribute to the health and well being of individuals and their communities. Graduates of the Recreation Program are employed throughout the region, nation and world. They work in a variety of settings, including public recreation departments, outdoor recreation programs, hospitals, and tourism agencies. Specific jobs performed by graduates include working as recreation therapists, organizing and leading outdoor adventure trips, managing youth-serving agencies, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, supervising public sports programs, coordinating community cultural arts, operating eco-tourism trips, and serving as park rangers with state and federal agencies. Some graduates have found their degrees useful for work in fields such as social work, the ministry and law enforcement.
How to Declare:
Pre-major: Available. Contact the department for further information. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Recreation Program faculty advisor for guidance before applying to the major.
Admissions: To declare, a student must have completed the following requirements:
- 45 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above.
- RECR 201, Foundations of Recreation and Leisure, must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of C before starting Phase I of the Recreation Program.
How to apply: The application process consists of four parts:
- Complete the application for the Recreation Program (available in the Recreation Office or on the Recreation Program website). This application is separate from the application to Western Washington University.
- Include with your application an official or unofficial transcript of all college coursework. Include a double-spaced, three-page maximum essay (see Application for details).
- Schedule a 20-minute interview with a member of the faculty after all materials have been submitted.
- Application deadlines: The deadline for completing all aspects of the application process is the first Friday in November. Students are advised to declare at the beginning of their sophomore year.
NOTE: RECR 380 is required for the therapeutic recreation option and is offered fall quarter each year.
- RECR 201 - Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
- RECR 271 - Introduction to Community Recreation & Leisure Services
- RECR 272 - Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
- RECR 274 - Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
- RECR 275 - Professional Practicum and Seminar
- RECR 276 - Introduction to Program Leadership
- RECR 279 - Introduction to Tourism
- RECR 372 - Management of Recreation and Leisure Services
- RECR 373 - Recreation Programming
- RECR 378 - Human Relations: Concepts & Skills
- One course from:
- RECR 370 - Outdoor Program Development
- RECR 376 - Therapeutic Recreation Program Design
- RECR 379 - Tourism Planning and Development
- RECR 385 - Leisure and Aging
- RECR 471 - Internship I
- RECR 472 - Internship II
- RECR 473 - Internship III
- RECR 444 - Recreation Budgeting and Finance
- RECR 450 - Recreation Program Evaluation
- RECR 480 - Leisure and Society
- One course from:
- RECR 421 - Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues
- RECR 470 - Adventure-Based Programming
- RECR 475 - Community Development and Leisure Services
- RECR 479 - Ecotourism: Principles and Practices
There are no courses offered within this major that may be used to satisfy GUR requirements.
- Recreation Therapist
- Outdoor Adventure Leader
- Youth Programs Coordinator
- Eco-tourism Operator
- Park Ranger
Recreation Program Secretary
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Community Recreation - Outdoor Recreation
Randall Burtz, Associate Professor
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Jill Heckathorn, Senior Instructor
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