RECREATION MANAGEMENT AND THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (REC/RTH)
Professors:Arimond, Barta, Gushiken, Navar;
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Transfer Policy -
UW-La Crosse students transferring into the College of HPER must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher at the time of transfer.
Major in Recreation Management -
(Health, Physical Education and Recreation) - 53 credits, including REC 100, 200, 202, 300, 302, 304, 305, 320, 340, 400, 401, 402, 420, 449, 450; RTH 325.
Interdisciplinary requirements include: BIO 106 or GEO 200 or 324, POL 102, C-S 101, PSY 100, 212, ECO 110, ACC 221 or 235, MTH 205.
All majors in recreation management must pass all required REC and RTH courses with a grade of "C" or better.
All majors, prior to enrollment in REC 449, also must complete the 25-hour underclass pre-professional experience requirement and the junior-level 50-hour experience requirement. These are non-class field experiences at recreation management agencies.
Major in Therapeutic Recreation
(Health, Physical Education, and Recreation) -58-65 credits, excluding pre-professional core.
Pre-professional core requirements -
40-41 credits, including General Education requirements BIO 101, C-S 101, CST 110, ENG 110, MTH 205, PSY 100; additional courses: ESS 205, PSY 212, REC 100, REC 200, RTH 250, 326 or 327.
Professional core requirements -
47-53 credits including PSY 304, 343, REC 302, RTH 326 or 327 (whichever was not completed for pre-professional requirement), RTH 355, 452, or 203 or 204, 456, 462, 470, 476, 480, 493, 496, 498.
5-6 credits; one course must be in RTH; choose from ESS 430, 442, HED 333, 342, 445, 452, PHL 339, PSY 310, 311, 312, 330, 401, 417, 426, REC 430, SOC 321, 322, 325, 420, 422, 429, RTH 330, 332, 345, 474, 483, 490, 491. (Approval from the therapeutic recreation director should be received prior to enrollment in RTH 491.)
C. Before enrolling in professional courses for the therapeutic recreation major, the following minimum requirements must be met:
1. all pre-professional course requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
2. cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
3. fifty hours of pre-professional volunteer therapeutic recreation experience must be documented
D. Therapeutic recreation majors must pass all required REC and RTH courses with a grade of "C" or better.
E. Appropriate RTH 490 or 491 workshops will apply. Approval from the therapeutic recreation director must be received prior to enrollment.
F. Transfer students with associate degrees should consult the therapeutic recreation program director to ensure fulfillment of requirements.
Recreation Minor -
(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. Therapeutic recreation students should see special requirements below.) - 19 credits including REC 100, 200, 300, 302; RTH 325; two electives chosen from REC 306, 320, 380, 381, 401, 402, 420, 495, and RTH 462. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter the program.
Recreation Minor for Therapeutic Recreation Majors
-19 credits, including REC 100, 200, 302, 401, and RTH 462; select a minimum of two courses to bring student up to 19 credits from: REC 300, 304, 305, 306, 320, 340, 380, 381, 402, 420, 495, and 491.
Recreation Management/ Therapeutic Recreation course availability -
The following classes are open to all students in all majors: REC 100, 207, 306, 381, RTH 203, 204, 215, 216, 217, 218, 250, 325, 326, 327, 345, 355, 462, 474.
The following classes are open only to therapeutic recreation majors: RTH 260, 265, 330, 332, 452, 456, 470, 476, 480 (also open to gerontology emphasis students), 483, 490, 491, 493, 495, 496, 497, 498.The remaining REC/RTH classes are open only to recreation management majors or minors or therapeutic recreation majors.
+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.
REC 100 Cr. 3
Foundations of Recreation
Review of the sociological, philosophical, economic, and historical aspects of recreation and leisure. An introduction to recreation as a profession and investigation of contemporary issues in recreation and leisure.
HPR 105 Cr. 3
Creating a Healthy, Active Lifestyle
This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for the appreciation and enhancement of a healthful lifestyle throughout the life span. Major health issues, physical fitness, movement skills and effective use of leisure will be explored.
HPR/CSC 106 Cr. 2
Introduction to Health Related Careers
Overview of health related professions in the health delivery system. Course will include educational and professional aspects of a broad range of health related careers. General topics will include an overview of the health related delivery system, health reform, legal and ethical issues, and professionalism. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to present specific information on individual health related professions. (Cross-listed with CSC; may only earn credit in HPR or CSC.)
REC 200 Cr. 3
Program Leadership of Recreation Activities
An introduction to leadership techniques and theory as it relates to direct leadership of recreation activities. Development of skills for organizing and leading specific recreation activities, including cooperative games and group initiatives. Prerequisite: REC 100.
REC 202 Cr. 3
Outdoor Recreation Skills
An introduction to a variety of outdoor recreation skills and activities associated with the natural environment. The emphasis is on participation and leadership in "lifetime" activity that occurs in the out-of-doors. Emphasis will be placed on proper ethics in the wilderness and the natural environment. A field trip will be required. Prerequisite: REC 100. (Not open to those with credit for RTH 203.)
REC 205 Cr. 2
Camp Leadership is designed as a practical approach to the management of a camp. This course will familiarize the student with the organization and administrative skills needed to manage a camp. Analysis of various types of camp sponsorship, principles, techniques, resources, leadership and group behavior will be addressed. Specific aspects of camping will be addressed and explored including: food, lodging, transportation, site development, programming, personnel, public relations, sanitation, finance, legal liability, health and safety.
REC 207 Cr. 1
Introduction to a Ropes Course This course will focus on the participatory experience and benefits of using group initiatives, low elements and high elements of a ropes course. A ropes course is a series of problem-solving events which must be negotiated in order to achieve a determined goal. The events are constructed of telephone poles and cables that vary in height from one foot to forty feet off the ground. The ropes course will enable participants to grow by creating experiences that foster individual and group development. Course prerequisites: students must provide a Statement of Health and complete and sign an Assumption of Risk/Waiver. Pass/Fail grading.
REC 300 Cr. 3
Program Planning in Recreation
This course provides practical knowledge and experiences on the essential elements and design concepts of program planning. Emphasis is placed on student involvement in planning and directing programs for diverse populations in a variety of physical settings. Prerequisite: REC 200.
REC 302 Cr. 3
Recreation Leadership and Supervision
Study of theories and techniques in leadership, group dynamics, and personnel management as they relate to programming and staff supervision in recreation agencies. Emphasis on personnel management techniques, including job analysis, recruitment, selection training, motivation, career development, and evaluation of paid staff and volunteers. Course includes issues common to full-time entry-level professional positions in recreation. Prerequisites: REC 100, junior standing.
REC 304 Cr. 3
Maintenance of Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas
Introduction to the many aspects of maintaining parks and outdoor recreation areas. Prerequisite: junior standing.
REC 305 Cr. 2
Operation and Management of Swimming Pools and Spas
The efficient operation and management of swimming pools, spas, and other aquatic facilities. The promotion of attractive aquatic programs. Prerequisite: junior standing.
REC 306 Cr. 3
Outdoor Recreation and the Natural Resources
This course provides an overview of the natural resources used for outdoor recreational pursuits, an analysis of leisure activities dependent upon natural resources, a presentation of the problems of recreational land use and an introduction to environmental awareness and outdoor safety. Recreation and natural resources at the national, state, local and private levels will be addressed with emphasis on the understanding of how outdoor recreation affects and is affected by natural resources.
REC 320 Cr. 3
Enterprises in Commercial Recreation and Tourism
An introduction to the scope, characteristics and management aspects of tourism and the private (for-profit) sector of recreation. The course provides a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and management of a small retail recreation business. It also examines the nature and scope of tourism as well as the future development and evolution of tourism.
REC 340 Cr. 3
Evaluation Methods and Practices
This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic measurement and evaluation methods used in recreation and leisure service field. In addition, the course shows students how to interpret current and future research findings in leisure and recreation journals, use basic quantitative and qualitative survey methods, interpret findings from commonly used research and statistical methods, and form conclusions and recommendations from survey findings. Prerequisite: MTH 205.
REC 375 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Recreation and Parks
Group study of varying recreation and parks topics. University professors as well as visiting lecturers will be invited to address the students and conduct specialized phases of the workshops. Repeatable for credit under different subtitles. No student may earn more than six credits in REC 375, RTH 490, REC/RTH 491.
REC 380 Cr. 3
This course is designed to provide an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects associated with outdoor education. Class emphasis will be placed on appreciation of natural resources, preservation of the natural environment, awareness and appreciation of the urban environment and techniques for interpreting the environment to the public. Prerequisite: REC 202 or consent of instructor.
REC 381 Cr. 1-3
This course is designed to provide skill development and leadership techniques in outdoor recreation activities commonly associated with wilderness and roadless areas. Emphasis on backcountry ethics and safety will be stressed. A field trip will be required. Examples: backpacking, canoeing, bicycling, rock climbing/rappelling, fishing, camping, cross country skiing. Prerequisite: REC 202. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
REC 400 Cr. 3
Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities
Designed to equip the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and implement the planning process in the development of park and recreation facilities. This course is also designed to familiarize the student with federal, state and local statutes, and other related documents (U.S. Census, Wisconsin Administrative Codes, county and municipal ordinances). Prerequisite: junior standing.
REC 401 Cr. 3
Management in Park and Recreation Resources
Designed to equip the student with the basic knowledge and abilities necessary to administer a public, not-for-profit, or a commercial leisure service organization or a division of a leisure service organization. Emphasis will be placed on management functions as they relate to the leisure service organization. Prerequisite: junior standing.
REC 402 Cr. 3
Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations
This course will identify the primary components of risk management as it deals with the legal aspects of tort liability and contracts in leisure service organizations. It is designed to equip the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and manage legal risks associated with leisure service organizations. Prerequisite: REC 401. Offered Sem. I.
REC 403 Cr. 2
Management of Special Facilities and Areas
An exposure to and study of specialized facilities and areas within the public and commercial sectors of recreation. Facilities studied include golf courses, marinas, beaches, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, downhill and cross country ski areas, and cemeteries. Prerequisite: junior standing.
REC 404 Cr. 2
Trends and Issues in Recreation
An examination of modern trends and issues in current recreation literature and in the leisure industry. Prerequisite: senior standing.
REC 420/520 Cr. 3
Commercial Recreation Management
Covers business management techniques and skills currently used in the private (for-profit) sector of recreation. Emphasis is on business formation strategies, methods of capitalization, market planning, pricing and financial management. Prerequisites: REC 320, 401.
REC 430/530 Cr. 1
Introduction to American Sign Language
This course is a basic introduction into American Sign Language (ASL), designed to familiarize the student with the basic structural characteristics of American Sign Language and the basic of fingerspelling. Vocabulary taught includes getting acquainted, school, and emergency health situations. The origins of ASL and aspects of deaf culture are addressed. The deaf culture topics concentrate on how the hearing person can interact more appropriately with the deaf community. This course is for any person who may occasionally interact with the deaf either personally or professionally.
REC 449 Cr. 1
In-depth coverage of the requirements for REC 450 internship and preparation of students for a smooth transition to the recreation management profession. Prerequisites: recreation management major with senior standing, completion of 25-hour underclass pre-professional experience requirement and the junior level 50-hour experience requirement, a minimum GPA of 2.50, and completion or concurrent enrollment in all remaining REC/RTH 200- and 300-level required courses.
REC 450 Cr. 12
Internship with a university approved recreation business or agency. An on-site practitioner and university faculty supervisor closely supervise the student's progress. The student experiences a smooth transition form university academics to the recreation management profession. Approved sites include: public sector (e.g., parks and recreation agencies, public schools and universities); non-profit/private sector (e.g., voluntary and youth agencies, church organizations); and for-profit sector (e.g., fitness/sport centers, hospitality, tourism, and retail businesses). Prerequisites: REC 449, recreation management major with senior standing, a minimum GPA of 2.50, completion or concurrent enrollment in all remaining REC/RTH 200- and 300-level required courses, current first aid and CPR certification.
REC 491/591 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Recreation Management
Group study of varying recreation and parks topics. University professors as well as visiting lecturers will be invited to address the students and conduct specialized phases of the workshops. Repeatable for credit under different subtitles. No student may earn more than six credits in REC 375, RTH 490, and REC/RTH 491.
REC 495 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study in Recreation
Individualized study of areas not available in existing courses. Prerequisites: junior standing, consent of departmental staff and chairperson. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
REC 497 Cr. 1-3
Special Projects in Recreation Management
Individualized study of areas not available in existing courses or independent study. Program Project: planning, implementation and evaluation of a project. These projects will be completed under the supervision and direction of a staff member with permission from the student's adviser within the department. Examples include Camp Placement Day, Riverfest, and Oktoberfest events. Prerequisites: junior standing, consent of chairperson and student's adviser, REC 300 or RTH 458. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
REC 499 Cr. 1-3
Seminar in Recreation and Parks
Intensive study of some specific area of interest in recreation. Open to students with 2.75 grade point average and senior standing. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3.