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    Recreation Management major

    WHAT IS RECREATION MANAGEMENT? Recreation management is applied business and management knowledge principles and skills to a variety of Recreation and Park Enterprises.

    PHILOSOPHY The primary philosophy behind the UW-La Crosse Recreation Management major is to provide students with a broad base of theoretical knowledge and skills combined with a heavy emphasis of hands on practical experiences. This learning-by-doing approach makes students competitive in the job market and graduate school selection process. Students are prepared to assume positions of responsibility in governmental, commercial, tourism, and not-for-profit recreation and parks agencies. The rigorous recreation management curriculum prepares individuals for positions as middle management within a wide variety of recreation and park agencies.

    RECREATION MANAGEMENT GOALS:

    1. To train students in management skills associated with middle management positions.
    2. To instill a sense of ethical principles and professional responsibility.
    3. To prepare students to identify and utilize the most relevant research materials.
    4. To foster those skills necessary to seek out partnerships in the delivery of recreational services.
    5. To cultivate an attitude of lifelong professional involvement.

    ACCREDITATION UW-La Crosse has the only accredited recreation management program in Wisconsin. Less than three percent of all university recreation management programs across the country meet these accreditation standards of excellence. UW-La Crosse Recreation Management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. The newly revised curriculum is designed to keep the department a national leader in recreation management education. 

    RECREATION MANAGEMENT AS YOUR MAJOR Recreation management offers an opportunity to work at the mid-management level at graduation within a wide variety of Recreational Enterprises. The major provides a comprehensive education while still permitting each student the flexibility to pursue areas of special interest.

    PLACEMENT The department consistently places 90 percent or more of its graduates in locations around the United States and in several foreign countries. The recreation management service area is rated among the top 10 placement leaders in the country.

    "Parks and recreation personnel have the assistance of a national organization in finding new and challenging positions." The National Recreation and Park Association and the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association provide job referral services to help students find employment that interests them and for which they are qualified. www.nrpa.org.

     

    Therapeutic Recreation major

    Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a nationally recognized health and human service profession. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists work with many different age groups: children, teens, adults, older adults, and persons with many different disabilities, illnesses or conditions (i.e. physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, long term illnesses). About the profession

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. Please use the links on the left menu to learn more about the program. You can also contact the program director.

    What does a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist do? 
    Employment Possibilities
    Information about a CTRS credential

    A CTRS uses recreation activities for a particular purpose. These activities can help improve health and quality of life. The nature of the setting and the needs of the clients will determine the types of programs offered. A CTRS can use many different types of activities in programs:

    • Outdoor recreation
    • Music or dance
    • Social activities
    • Discussions
    • Resource information
    • Community service
    • Animal assisted programs
    • Many other types of activities
    • Arts and crafts
    • Games
    • Expressive activities
    • Decision-making skills
    • Physical activities or sports
    • Special events
    • Camping and adventure
    • Gardening

    There are 3 main purposes of Therapeutic Recreation Programs:

    1. Functional Improvement
      A CTRS might help a person with a brain injury regain use of numbers and conversation skills by playing a card game or using puppets for self expression.
    2. Leisure Education
      A CTRS might help a person recovering from alcohol addiction learn how to relax and find recreation activities that support sobriety.
    3. Recreation Participation
      A CTRS might help a person with a cognitive disability to participate in Special Olympics, wheelchair sports, or an adventure camp weekend.

    Therapeutic Recreation at UWL is nationally accredited and all graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. UW-L TR has a comprehensive curriculum, opportunities for practical experiences, supportive professional associations, and an active Therapeutic Recreation Faculty. This curriculum received both state and national awards. Our students are dedicated and caring individuals who become outstanding professionals.

    The extraordinary thing about being a Recreational Therapist is that you get to affect the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

    Recreation Management Minor

    The Recreation Management minor is open to students in all colleges and schools within the university. Those students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, however, have different requirements than students in other majors.

    The minor requires 19 credit hours. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enter the program.

      Requirements for Minor in Recreation Management                    
          19 credits
    REC 150 Foundations of Recreation 3 credits
    REC 151 Introduction to Recreation Management 1 credit
    REC 200 Program Leadership of Recreation Activities 3 credits
    REC 300 Program Planning in Recreation 3 credits
       
    Elective Courses (choose 9 credits from the following list)  
    REC 202 Leisure, Nature, and Contemplative Experiences 2 credits
    REC 302 Recreation Supervision and Human Resource Management 3 credits
    REC 304 Maintenance of Recreation Facilities 3 credits
    REC 305 Operation and Management of Swimming Pools and Spas 2 credits
    REC 306 Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources 3 credits
    REC 320 Enterprises in Commercial Recreation and Tourism 3 credits
    REC 340 Evaluation Methods and Practices 3 credits
    REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession 3 credits
    REC 375 Workshop in Recreation Management 1-3 credits
    REC 400 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities 3 credits
    REC 401 Management in Park and Recreation Resources 3 credits
    REC 402 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations 3 credits
    REC 404 Budgets in Recreation Enterprise 3 credits
    REC 420 Commercial Recreation Management 3 credits
    REC 481 Outdoor Pursuits 1-3 credits
    REC 491 Workshop in Recreation Management 1-3 credits
    REC 495 Independent Study in Recreation 1-3 credits
    REC 497  Special Projects in Recreation Management 1-3 credits
    REC 499 Seminar in Recreation and Parks 1-3 credits
    RTH 325 Inclusive Recreation 2 credits
     
    Requirements for Minor in Recreation Management for Therapeutic Recreation Majors:
     
        18 credits
    REC 150 Foundations of Recreation 3 credits
    REC 200 Program Leadership of Recreation Activities 3 credits
    REC 401 Management in Park and Recreation Resources 3 credits
    RTH 319 Leadership and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
     
    Elective Courses (choose 6 credits from the following list)
    REC 202 Outdoor Recreation Skills 3 credits
    REC 300 Program Planning in Recreation 3 credits
    REC 304 Maintenance Of Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas 3 credits
    REC 305 Operation and Management of Swimming Pools and Spas 2 credits
    REC 306 Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources 3 credits
    REC 320 Principles and Practices of Tourism 3 credits
    REC 340 Evaluation Methods and Practices 3 credits
    REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession 3 credits
    REC 375 Workshop in Recreation Management (repeatable/max 6xs) 1-3 credits
    REC 400 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities 3 credits
    REC 402 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations 3 credits
    REC 404 Trends and Issues in Recreation 2 credits
    REC 420 Commercial Recreation Management 3 credits
    REC 481 Outdoor Pursuits 1-3 credits
    REC 491 Workshop in Recreation Management (repeatable, max 6 crs) 1-3 credits
    REC 495 Independent Study in Recreation (repeatable, max 6 crs) 1-3 credits
    REC 497 Special Projects in Recreation Management (repeatable, max 6 crs) 1-3 credits
    REC 499 Seminar in Recreation and Parks (repeatable, max 3 crs) 1-3 credits

    Recreation Management Minor for Therapeutic Recreation Majors

    HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION High school students interested in a career in recreation management should acquire practical experience by participating in such activities as:

     
    • Student government
    • Debate
    • Forensics
    • Business clubs
    • Athletics
    • Intramurals
    • Sports
    • Other extra-curricular activities
    Students should concentrate on courses in:
       
    • Government
    • Business
    • Accounting
    • Computer science
    • Mass communications
    • English
    • Public relations
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Statistics
    • Speech and writing

    Students should also volunteer in recreation and park agencies such as community centers, resorts, visitor's bureaus, sport centers, golf courses, YM/YWCAs, scouts, summer camps, 4-H, city or county parks and recreation agencies, and aquatic centers.

      RECREATION MANAGEMENT COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    General Education 48 credits
    Requirements for Major in Recreation Management 64 credits

    The strength of this major is its innovative curriculum design. With the help of alumni and employers, faculty have crafted a management major that has both focus and breath. It focuses on the unique management needs of the recreation, tourism, and park fields. Secondly, the curriculum allows students to shift from say public municipal recreation, to non-profit , to commercial water park resort and still have assurance they have the critical management skills to perform in any one of the employment fields, As further evidence, listed below are the required courses:

      REC 150 Foundations in Recreation   3 credits
    REC 151 Introduction to Recreation Management   1 credit
    REC 200 Program Leadership of Recreation Activities   3 credits
    REC 202 Leisure, Nature, and Contemplative Experience   2 credits
    REC 300 Program Planning in Recreation   3 credits
    REC 302 Recreation Leadership and Supervision   3 credits
    REC 304 Maintenance of Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas   3 credits
    REC 306 Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation, and Natural Resources   3 credits
    REC 320 Enterprises in Commercial Recreation and Tourism   3 credits
    REC 340 Evaluation Methods and Practices   3 credits
    REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession   3 credits
    REC 400 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities   3 credits
    REC 401 Management in Park and Recreation Resources   3 credits
    REC 402 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations   3 credits
    REC 404 Budgets in Recreation Enterprise   2 credits
    REC 420 Commercial Recreation Management   3 credits
    •  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater to enter the program.
    • All majors, prior to enrollment in REC 449 (Internship/Professional Preparation) majors must complete two 50-hour professional experiences. These non-class field experiences at recreation management agencies.
    • Before enrolling in internship (REC 450) all required REC and RTH courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better; and the student must have a cumulative UW-L GPA or at least 2.5.
       
      REC 449 Internship/Professional Preparation 1 credit
    REC 450 Internship 16 credits
         
    Interdisciplinary Requirements:  
    POL 102 State and Local Government 3 credits
    MTH 145 Elementary Statistics 4 credits
    ECO 110 Microeconomics and Public Policy 3 credits
    ENG 307 Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions 3 credits
    ACC 221 Financial Accounting Principles 3 credits
    or    
    ACC 235 Survey of Accounting 3 credits

    Click here to see the UW-L Course Catalog.

    Minor in Recreation Management The Recreation Management minor is open to students in all colleges and schools within the university. Students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, however, have different requirements than students in other majors.

    Recreation Management Minor Requirements:

        19 credit minimum
    Required Courses: Prerequisite Credits
    REC 150 Foundations of Recreation   3 credits
    REC 151 Introduction to Recreation Management   1 credit
    REC 200 Program Leadership of Recreation Activities REC 150 or concurrent enrollment 3 credits
    REC 300 Program Planning in Recreation 150,REC 200 REC or concurrent enrollment 3 credits
           
    Elective Courses (choose 9 credits from the following list):    
    REC 202 Leisure, Nature, and Contemplative Experiences REC 150 2 credits
    REC 302 Recreation Supervision and Human Resource Management REC 150, Jr. Stdng 3 credits
    REC 304 Maintenance Of Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas Jr. Stdng 3 credits
    REC 305 Operation and Management of Swimming Pools and Spas Jr. Stdng 2 credits
    REC 306 Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources   3 credits
    REC 320 Enterprises in Commercial Recreation and Tourism   3 credits
    REC 340 Evaluation Methods and Practices MTH 145 3 credits
    REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession Jr. Stdng; RM major or consent of instructor 3 credits
    REC 375 Workshop in Recreation Management (repeatable/max 6xs)   1-3 credits
    REC 400 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities REC 300 3 credits
    REC 401 Management in Park and Recreation Resources REC 302 or RTH 319 3 credits
    REC 402 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations REC 401 or concurrent enrollment 3 credits
    REC 404 Budgets in Recreation Enterprise REC 401 or concurrent enrollment, Econ 110 2 credits
    REC 420 Commercial Recreation Management REC 320 and ACC 221 or 235 3 credits
    REC 481 Outdoor Pursuits   1-3 credits
    REC 491 Workshop in Recreation Management (max 6 cr in REC 375, RTH 490, REC/RTH 491)   1-3 credits
    REC 495 Independent Study in Recreation (repeatable for cr-max 6) Jr. Stdng 1-3 credits
    REC 497 Special Projects in Recreation Management (repeatable, max 6 crs) Jr. Stdng, REC 300 or RTH 456 1-3 credits
    REC 499 Seminar in Recreation and Parks (repeatable, max 3 crs) Sr. Stdng, 2.75 GPA 1-3 credits
    RTH 325 Inclusive Recreation REC 200 2 credits
    REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession Jr. Stdng; RM major or consent of instructor 3 credits

    Click here to see the UW-L Course Catalog.
     
    RECREATION MANAGEMENT MINOR FOR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION MAJORS:

           
        18 credit minimum
    Required Courses: Prerequisite Credits
    REC 150 Foundations of Recreation   3 credits
    REC 200 Program Leadership of Recreation Activities REC 150 or concurrent enrollment 3 credits
    REC 401 Management in Park and Recreation Resources REC 302 or RTH 319 3 credits
    RTH 319 Leadership and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation Jr. Stndng 3 credits
           
    Elective Courses (Choose 6 Credits from the following list):    
    REC 202 Outdoor Recreation Skills REC 150, no cr in RTH 203 3 credits
    REC 300 Program Planning in Recreation 150,REC 200 REC or concurrent enrollment 3 credits
    REC 304 Maintenance Of Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas Jr. Stdng 3 credits
    REC 305 Operation and Management of Swimming Pools and Spas Jr. Stdng 2 credits
    REC 306 Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources   3 credits
    REC 320 Enterprises in Commercial Recreation and Tourism   3 credits
    REC 340 Evaluation Methods and Practices MTH 145 or 250 3 credits
    REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession   3 credits
    REC 375 Workshop in Recreation Management (repeatable/max 6xs)   1-3 credits
    REC 400 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities REC 300 and ENG 307 3 credits
    REC 402 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations REC 401 3 credits
    REC 404 Budgets in Recreation Enterprise REC 401 2 credits
    REC 420 Commercial Recreation Management REC 320 and ACC 221 or 235 3 credits
    REC 481 Outdoor Pursuits   1-3 credits
    REC 491 Workshop in Recreation Management (max 6 cr in REC 375, RTH 490, REC/RTH 491)   1-3 credits
    REC 495 Independent Study in Recreation (repeatable for cr-max 6) Jr. Stdng 1-3 credits
    REC 497 Special Projects in Recreation Management (repeatable, max 6 crs) Jr. Stdng, REC 300 or RTH 456 1-3 credits
    REC 499 Seminar in Recreation and Parks (repeatable, max 3 crs) Sr. Stdng, 2.75 GPA 1-3 credits

    Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater to enter the program.

    Click here to see the UW-L Course Catalog.

    RECOMMENDED MINORS FOR RECREATION MANAGEMENT MAJORS

    The Business Administration minor (www.uwlax.edu/ba/undergrad/MINORS.doc) provides additional business management skills and the Public Administration minor (www.uwlax.edu/PoliSci/pa_degrees.htm) provides additional communication and public organizational skills that are highly recommended that complement the Recreation Management Major.

    RECREATION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIPS Internship experiences provide students with a means of making a smooth passage from academic life into their chosen profession. It allows students and professionals to form mutually beneficial relationships. Students bring the latest knowledge from the academic arenas and professionals provide critical hands-on knowledge, the kind of knowledge that can never be duplicated in the university setting. Mutually beneficial bridges are built between the academic and professional arenas.

    Within this structured environment and under the mentorship of a qualified professional, the student makes the best transition possible into the professional world. In this work/learning environment, the student works within a supervised environment without fear of repercussions for the small mistakes everybody makes as they begin their careers. In addition, the student proceeds to his/her first employer with new professional knowledge and previously acquired hands-on work experience that can help enhance the employer's business.

    In preparation for internships, students take a pre-internship course to learn about internships and make applications to possible internship sites. Once a site offers them a position, they complete the required paperwork to receive final approval from both the internship site and the university. The course is taken during either the Fall or Spring semester. Students doing Spring internships take the pre-internship course in the Fall. Those doing a Summer or Fall internship take the pre-internship course in the Spring. For example, a student doing an internship in the Fall must have site approval at the end of Spring semester. Students and internship sites must plan well ahead of time to provide more time for both parties to plan the internship experience. Internships can be secured in the following agencies of Recreation Management:

    • National, state, county, or city parks and recreation agencies
    • Commercial resort businesses
    • Camping agencies
    • University and intramural recreation
    • Convention centers and visitors bureaus
    • Military MWR recreation (civil service) Theme Parks Camping Agencies Sports Centers Golf Facilities Aquatic Centers YMCA/YWCA

    Recreation Inclusion Minor

    The Americans with Disability Act mandates that agencies offering several types of recreation programs must accommodate people with disabilities. The Inclusive Recreation minor addresses these concerns. These agencies include those that fit in the following categories: sports complexes, outdoor recreation, golf, boating and fishing facilities, amusement parks, and aquatic facilities.

    The following majors may be interested in declaring an Inclusive Recreation minor:

    • Recreation Management
    • Special Education
    • Adapted Physical Education
    • Physical Education Teaching
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Sports Management

    The Inclusive Recreation minor is not a comprehensive therapeutic recreation curriculum. Nor is it intended to lead toward national certification. The Inclusive Recreation minor is academic preparation to assist other professionals who are interested in providing inclusive recreation programs.

    For further information contact: University of Wisconsin La Crosse

    Dr. Patricia Ardovino, CTRS, CPRP, pardovino@uwlax.edu