School of Nursing & Kinesiology

Sport & Recreational Leadership

The Sport & Recreational Leadership major aims to help young people find their niche in the sport and recreation industry. Students will take a common core of classes (21 credit hours) and then gain knowledge and experiences in specific areas of sport and recreation programming, management, business, and leadership (30 credit hours).

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Program

Major

Complete the 51-hour major in the Department of Kinesiology.

Minor

The minor in Sport and Recreational Leadership aims to complement majors in areas such as exercise science, youth leadership development, criminal justice, and other fields focusing on leadership and community-building.

Classes

What courses will I take?

Among the classes in the 51-hour major are:

  • Sports administration
  • Sports nutrition
  • Youth and adult sports programming
  • Accounting, management, and marketing
  • Conditioning athletes

View the complete curriculum.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • YMCA Staff or Director
  • Youth Sports Coach
  • Camp Staff or Director
  • Recreation Leader for Communities and/or Parks
  • Athletic Director
  • Sport Facilities Manager and Event Planning

Majoring in sport and recreational leadership prepares students to work in recreation and sports centers, with athletic programs, at camps, and/or in YMCAs, churches, established businesses, or as an entrepreneur.

Experience
This course of study includes many opportunities for experiential learning in and out of the classroom. As part of the major, each student also completes a final practicum in an area of sport and recreational leadership about which they are passionate.