Recreation and Leisure Studies

The Recreation and Leisure Studies curriculum prepares individuals to plan, direct, and implement recreation activities in diverse environments for all age groups. The program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in the private, public, commercial, or therapeutic environment.

Courses you'll take

Course work includes introductory courses concerning history, terminology, programming, and general information concerning the recreation profession. Students learn recreation programs and activities in the following areas: cultural arts, team sports, outdoor education, wellness, individual activities, and adapted activities. 

What you'll gain

Graduates should qualify for a variety of assistant-level positions at recreation centers, schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, parks, and commercial recreation establishments. They will be an asset in designing and implementing recreation programs and activities.


Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with coworkers in the role of a recreation professional.
  2. Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to field of recreation and leisure studies.
  3. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice in the recreation and leisure studies field. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook and/or are available from program faculty.