Fall 2015

[News]

‘Major’ News for Recreation Administration Program

As the industries of recreation, tourism, and leisure services rise in popularity, so, too, does HSU’s Recreation Administration program.

TO READY STUDENTS FOR A CAREER in the rapidly growing business of fun, HSU now offers Recreation Administration as a Bachelor of Arts degree program.

Recreation Administration has been available as a Liberal Studies degree program since the 1970s. The new status is expected to give it more visibility on and off campus and, in turn, attract more students.

The professional field of recreation, tourism, and leisure services is broad and diverse—and apparently burgeoning: It’s among the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world.

The program offers concentrations in Tourism Management and Outdoor Adventure Recreation. Courses examine everything from the role of play and leisure in society (REC 200) to geotoursim (REC 435). Recreation Administration also provides a strong theoretical base in business (marketing and management).

The program also emphasizes practical experience. Students, for example, will work with various parks, agencies and groups to organize a trip, which entails making sure everything’s organized and that all the proper permits have been obtained.

“We prepare students for the workforce,” says Chris Hopper, chair of the Department of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration. “The advantage of the Recreation Administration degree is that it’s workforce-oriented and gives students specific career skills.”