RMTR Majors

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Therapeutic Recreation (TR) expanding section

Why Therapeutic Recreation (TR) at UWL?

To start, it is one of only a few college or university independent major therapeutic recreation programs in the nation. Students choosing the TR program have a passion for helping persons with disabilities or illnesses improve their functioning and quality of life.  You’ll learn how to use recreation activities to develop and implement therapeutic programs.  Take a look at some of the experiences TR students are gaining in and out of the classroom, and follow the course catalog link at the top of this page if you want to know more about the program and coursework.

During the testing period January 2017 – November 2017, 100% of UWL students & alumni who took the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam passed!

In the Classroom

Lindsey Kirschbaum, an associate lecturer in the Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation Department, oversees students in her therapeutic recreation class working with residents in a La Crosse manor.

Lindsey Kirschbaum, an associate lecturer in the Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation Department, oversees students in her therapeutic recreation class working with residents in a La Crosse manor. Read more about A New Kind of Student

Addmission Requirements for TR Majors

Admission to the Therapeutic Recreation Program is competitive and not all who apply may be accommodated. To be considered for admission to the therapeutic recreation major the student must have:

  1. Completed or be “in progress” of completing the preadmission courses (BIO 100 or BIO 105 or MIC 100MTH 145PSY 100,  PSY 212REC 150RTH 250) with a grade “C” or better in each of these core courses.
  2. A minimum cumulative UWL GPA of 2.5.
  3. Completion of 50 hours of pre-professional experience in an organized program that services various persons with disabilities, chronic health conditions, and/or vulnerable populations in a recreation context is required.
  4. 250 word essay explaining why the applicant wants to pursue a degree in therapeutic recreation.
  5. Applications are due October 1 to be considered for admission to the program spring semester and February 1 to be considered for admission to the program for fall semester.

For more details, download the Application Checklist and Guidelines for Pre-professional Hours.

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Why Recreation Management?

A degree in recreation management opens the doors to a wide variety of opportunities that can connect your passion(s) to a career. Not sure what emphasis is right for you? The generalist option gives you the opportunity to take electives from the community, outdoor, and tourism emphasis. Explore various interests or simply try something new! Check out why you should choose a career with meaning.

A Career with Meaning

In (but out) of the Classroom

Students in REC 400: Planning for Parks & Recreation Facilities visit an area beach to assess inclusion for people with disabilities.

Students in REC 400: Planning for Parks & Recreation Facilities visit an area beach to assess inclusion for people with disabilities. Learn more about their goal to assess accessibility of outdoor spots across the Coulee Region.

 

Recreation Management (RM) - Community Recreation Emphasis expanding section

Playing in the park, spending time after school at the Boys & Girls Club or YMCA…Sound like a part of your childhood? Students choosing the community recreation emphasis do so because they want to work for a public or nonprofit organization that provides people opportunities to enhance their quality of life, often for an organization that has played a significant role in their own life. Whether this means operating an aquatic center, running a sports league, hosting a summer camp, or maintaining a neighborhood park, community rec professions enjoy making quality recreation opportunities possible.

In (but out) of the Classroom

REC 304 students maintaining trails on lower Hixon Forest.

Students in REC 304: Maintenance of Recreation Facilities helping members of the Outdoor Recreation Alliance do trail work on Lower Hixon Forest.

Recreation Management (RM) - Outdoor Recreation Emphasis expanding section

Why Outdoor Recreation?

It’s simple really. You are probably considering an outdoor emphasis if spending time outdoors is your passion.  Maybe you feel like yourself when you are in nature, or you couldn’t participate in your favorite recreational activities without a particular natural setting.  Outdoor recreation professionals want to facilitate those experiences for others.  Take a look at some of the experiences outdoor recreation emphasis students are having in and out of the classroom, and follow the course catalog link at the top of this page if you want to know more about career opportunities and coursework.

In (but out) of the Classroom

Explore The Depths of the Mississippi

Learn about Recreation and the Natural Environment

Students in REC 306 (Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation & Natural Resources) participate in a class activity in fall semester 2015. Most students in the course are in UWL’s Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation program either as a major or minor.

Students in REC 306 (Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation & Natural Resources) participate in a class activity in fall semester 2015. Most students in the course are in UWL’s Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation program either as a major or minor. They also get the opportunity to learn about Leave No Trace.

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Why Tourism?  

Think of tourism as recreation away from home. Like recreation, tourism professionals have a passion for creating and facilitating enjoyable experiences for others. Those people might just not be from the area.  It doesn’t hurt that students in this emphasis often have a passion for travel themselves.  Take a look at some of the experiences tourism emphasis students are having in and out of the classroom, and follow the course catalog link at the top of this page if you want to know more about career opportunities and coursework.

In (but out) of the Classroom

REC 445: Meetings, Conventions, & Event Planning students held a press demo ahead of the 2nd annual Lederhosen Games hosted by the class at Oktoberfest La Crosse.  

A Lifelong Vacation

ourism Emphasis student Mark Davis, center, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Stephanie Klett, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT)

Tourism Emphasis student Mark Davis, center, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Stephanie Klett, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT). He and fellow tourism student, Ross Ramsey, attended WIGCOT for the first time, and talked about their passion for tourism. Read all about their lifelong vacation.