The BS in Recreation Management prepares graduates to direct and supervise recreation departments, programs, and resources. Three concentrations are offered: one in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, one in Therapeutic Recreation, and an Individualized Program.
Parks and Outdoor Recreation graduates plan and implement recreation programs locally and nationally, lead outdoor activities, and manage the uses of natural and cultural resources. Therapeutic Recreation graduates implement interventions and rehabilitation activities to enhance the quality of life for individuals including those with disabilities. Students in the Individualized concentration tailor their coursework with an advisor to develop a targeted and personalized set of skills.
The internship is a 12 credit capstone course taken at the end of a student's academic program. Students must have earned 90 credit hours and met the specific prerequisites to be eligible for the internship (see RMGT 490 Recreation Management Internship (Mason Core)). The internship is designed to be a capstone experience for each student in their specific concentration area.
The internship process begins with a mandatory meeting hosted by the internship coordinator. During the preliminary phase, students will develop learning goals and consult with faculty on viable internship sites. Once the internship site has been selected, the student must complete 400 hours of an applied experience in both Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the Individualized Concentration. Therapeutic Recreation requires a 560-hour, fourteen consecutive week field placement experience in therapeutic recreation services under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation therapist (CTRS).
Throughout the internship, the student will be monitored by a site supervisor (CTRS for therapeutic recreation), as well as a university supervisor, to facilitate a meaningful experience.
Total credits: 120
Note: The Recreation Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.
|Introduction to Applied Quantitative Analysis (Mason Core)|
or STAT 250
|Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences 1||3|
|Natural Science 2||7|
Therapeutic Recreation Concentration students must take PSYC 100.
Therapeutic Recreation Concentration students must take BIOL 124.
Met by RMGT 490, a program requirement.
Recreation Management Core
|RMGT 210||Introduction to Recreation and Leisure||3|
|RMGT 310||Program Planning and Evaluation||3|
|RMGT 316||Leadership and Outdoor Education||3|
|RMGT 317||Social Psychology of Play and Recreation||3|
|RMGT 323||Program Leadership and Evaluation||3|
|RMGT 327||Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|RMGT 405||Planning and Operation of Recreation Facilities||3|
|RMGT 410||Administration of SRT Organizations I||3|
|SPMT 412||Sport Marketing and Sales||3|
|or TOUR 412||Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Marketing and Sales|
|RMGT 460||Sport and Recreation Law||3|
|RMGT 490||Recreation Management Internship (Mason Core)||12|
|SRST 200||History of Sport and Leisure in America||3|
|SRST 450||Research Methods (Satisfies the University Writing Intensive requirement)||3|
|Select an additional 14 credits||14|
Concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation (POR)
This concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. Graduates of this career ready program are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete both a supervised practicum and internship in professional settings.
|RMGT 300||People With Nature||3|
|RMGT 302||Park Management and Operations||3|
|TOUR 340||Sustainable Tourism||3|
|RMGT 362||Cultural and Environmental Interpretation||3|
|RMGT 402||Human Behavior in Natural Environments||3|
|RMGT 501||Introduction to Natural Resources Law||3|
Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation (TR)
This concentration teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Completion of the therapeutic recreation (TR) foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment courses to name a few, as well as an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), prepares graduating seniors to sit for the national exam sponsored by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification to become a CTRS. Graduates find employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.
|RMGT 416||Trends and Programming Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|RMGT 417||Processes, Techniques and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|RMGT 418||Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|RMGT 503||Administration and Disability Rights in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|PSYC 211||Lifespan Development (Mason Core)||3|
Individualized Concentration (IND)
This concentration allows for students, in consultation with an advisor, to develop a program that facilitates their special expertise in selected complementary areas of foci including concurrent completion of a minor (e.g., entrepreneurship; aging studies; environmental science; non-profit studies; sport management; tourism and events management; health promotion; kinesiology; sport and computer game design). These students will complete coursework that addresses their own passion and goals while meeting educational needs to prepare for graduate school or professional pursuits. In turn, they will be addressing the needs of a broader community. The Recreation Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.
|Select courses in concert with Advisor||18|