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Recreation Program

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Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Recreation

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation offered by the Department of HPER at Emporia State University is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the area of recreation.  Graduates learn to assess constituents, and to design, implement and evaluate programs to affect leisure choices of participants associated with various public and private agencies and institutions at local, state, national, and international levels.

The Recreation curriculum centers on preparing critical thinkers, creative planners, and effective practitioners for careers in the recreation field.  The National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation accreditation guidelines are used as guides for the recreation program.  Employment opportunities exist in public, private, corporate, medical, non-profit, academic, and commercial recreation settings.

 Student Outcomes

  1. Use diverse community, institutional, natural, cultural, and human services to promote and enhance leisure experiences.
  2. Produce, interpret and synthesize written information/data, oral communication, multimedia presentations to effectively communicate with various professional constituents and groups.
  3. Plan, organize and assess a variety of leisure programming and special events in diverse settings and/or for diverse populations.
  4. Use sound managerial, marketing, and financial processes in the administration and management of leisure services.
  5. Understand and use legal concepts and legislative processes, as these apply to leisure services, including implementation of risk management plans.
  6. Impart and promote the benefits of leisure to various constituents and groups based on a sound understanding of concepts, principles and theories of leisure studies.
  7. Demonstrates professional growth, professional judgment and ethical behavior in professional settings. 

Admission Requirements for Recreation Students

  1. Prospective Recreation Majors must meet all University requirements and be admitted to Emporia State University.
  2. Prospective Recreation Majors must complete an application for admission to the Recreation Program after they have completed the first eleven hours of the recreation core classes with a C or better (Recreation Application).
  3. This application must be accompanied by Major’s Agreement Form, which must be signed and dated (Major's Agreement Form).
  4. Prospective Recreation Majors must have an Overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in the first nine recreation core hours. 
  5. If a student does not meet the above criteria, the student may petition to be placed on probation for one semester and may re-apply at the end of that semester to be removed from probation. 
  6. If the student does not meet the above criteria by the end of the probationary semester, the student will not be admitted to the Recreation Program. 
  7. Any student who has committed a felony will not be admitted to the Recreation Program.  

Application Deadlines

  1. Complete the Application Form and Major's Agreement Form.
  2. Application for admission into the Recreation Program must be received by October 1st for Spring acceptance and March 1st for Fall acceptance. 

Retention Policy

  1. Once a student is admitted to the Recreation Program, s/he must complete the following requirements in order to complete the Recreation Program and graduate from Emporia State University with a BS degree in Recreation.
  2. The Recreation major must complete 124 credit hours with a minimum of 45 credit hours at the 300 level or higher.
  3. The Recreation major must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.75 in all Recreation Program core classes. 
  4. The Recreation major must pass three major program assessments at the acceptable level.  These assessments and minimal acceptable level are listed below.
    • Practicum I Supervisor’s Evaluation
    • Portfolio Evaluation
    • Intern Supervisor’s Evaluation
  5. The Recreation major must complete each of the following courses in the Recreation Program with a C or better and have a 2.75 GPA in all recreation classes to complete the program and to be eligible to enroll in RC 570 and RC 510. These classes are:

RC 100     Introduction to Leisure Services        
RC 150     Foundations of Recreational Activities and Leadership
RC 270     Sport management                 
RC 360     Facility Management               
RC 374     Recreation Delivery Systems    
RC 389     Program Design and Implementation
RC 395     Practicum 1 in Leisure Studies
RC 401     Aquatic Management             
RC 410     Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management         
RC 420     Revenue Resource Management in Leisure Studies
RC 425     Promotion and PR in Leisure Studies  
RC 430     Leadership and Management of Personnel in Leisure Studies
RC 451     Professional Development        
RC 470     Practicum 2                            
RC 520     Special Topics in Leisure Studies       
RC 570     Internship in Recreation          
HL 155     First Aid and Personal Safety    
PE 164     Foundations of PE:  Outdoor Activities              
PE 262     Special Populations in PE and Rec (online students will substitute with PY 211 Developmental Psychology)  
PE 264     Special Population Lab in HPER (online students will substitute with PY 211 Developmental Psychology)
PE 266     Technology in HPER (online students will substitute with IT 343 Applied Computer Applications)        

 Probation and or Dismissal

Once a student is admitted to the recreation program, s/he can be placed on probation or dismissed from the Recreation Program if the following conditions occur:

  1. The student falls below a 2.5 Overall GPA and/or falls below a 2.75 GPA in the Recreation Program classes.
  2. The first time the student’s GPA does not reach a 2.5 Overall and/or a 2.75 in the recreation program classes, the student will be placed on probation for one semester.
  3. If the student does not raise his/her Overall GPA and/or Recreation Program GPA after that one semester, s/he will be dismissed from the Recreation Program and will not be able to continue in the program until the Overall GPA and/or the Recreation Program GPA has been raised to the appropriate level.   
  4. The student commits a felony while s/he is a Recreation Major. 
  5. If the student commits a felony during the time s/he is a student in the Recreation Program, s/he will be automatically dismissed from the Recreation Program.
  6.  The student displays inappropriate dispositional characteristics or behaviors on a consistent basis.  These dispositional characteristics and behaviors consist of, but are not limited to, use of inappropriate language in class, failure to arrive to class on time and/or to be absence from class on a regular basis, use of rude and inappropriate interactions with peers and faculty, failure to follow the academic dishonesty policy.
  7. If a student consistently displays inappropriate dispositional characteristics or behaviors, s/he may be removed from the Recreation Program. 

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