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Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration

Kinesiology 


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Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Advisor
Kinesiology
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5411
Fax: 417-836-4200
http://rec.missouristate.edu/

Career Preparation

Missouri State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration. Students select either a comprehensive major with one of four degree emphases or a non-comprehensive major in Recreation Management or Sport Administration, with a selected minor.

Careers in the field of recreation and leisure services are many and varied. One needs only to consider the infinite ways people use their free time to realize the variety of employment settings. A partial listing of professional positions in each degree emphasis includes:

Health and Wellness Promotion

Students who select this degree emphasis will be preparing for various opportunities in the fitness industry (personal training, sports conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation), health-related services, and wellness management and promotion.

Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Students who select this emphasis will be prepared for careers in parks and outdoor recreation and outdoor education within the public or private sector in adventure recreation, outdoor recreation/education facilities, or government natural resource management agencies.

Recreation Management

Students who select this degree emphasis will be prepared for careers in administering recreation services and events in the Armed Forces, municipal parks and recreation departments, campus recreation, sporting goods retail, facility management, residential camps, resort recreation, travel, tourism and hospitality industry, meeting planning and not-for-profit organizations: at-risk youth organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs, church recreation, Scouting, and YMCA.

Sport Administration

Students who select this degree emphasis will be preparing for leadership opportunities in administering athletic programs, athletic teams, competitive sport camps and clinics, facilities and leagues; managing various sport entities, including Olympic training sites, municipal league programs, youth sport agencies tournament management, sport management and marketing, special event planning, retail sports industries, and coaching at the college or above level.

Minor in Recreation is available.

Additional career information can be found at http://rec.missouristate.edu/.

Accredited Program

The Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration curriculum is one of 90 nationally accredited curriculums by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Profession sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association.

Graduates are immediately eligible to sit for the exam to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, a valuable credential for professional advancement. Health and Wellness Promotion majors are eligible to take exams from the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditions Association upon graduation.

The RSPA curriculum is unique in its personalization to the student’s career goals. The 74-78 hour curriculum consists of a 47-51 hour professional core required of all majors, and either a minor in a related discipline or a 27-hour degree option. Courses fulfilling this requirement are selected with advisor approval from a list of courses which relate to the student’s career goals. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/registrar/undercat.html for specific course information.

Courses

Required Professional Core Courses include:

  • REC 152: Intro to Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration
  • REC 190: Applied Social Recreation
  • REC 205: Concepts in Therapeutic Recreation
  • REC 211: Principles of Outdoor Recreation or
  • REC 328: Statistics Applications in Recreation, Sport,
    and Park Administration
  • REC 311 Outdoor/Adventure Education or
  • REC 411 Outdoor Pursuits
  • REC 330: Leisure Research Applications
  • REC 335: Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Practicum
  • REC 390: Recreation Programming
  • REC 410: Recreation Leadership/Supervision
  • REC 422: Recreation Facility and Area Management
  • REC 423: Admin of Recreation, Sport, and Park Agencies
  • REC 490: Orientation to Internship
  • REC 491: Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Internship

 

Fieldwork Experience

Fieldwork experience is an important aspect of the student’s professional preparation. Each student is required to complete a 100-hour practicum and an internship of 400-600 hours. Additional volunteer service-learning and paid experiences are encouraged.

Faculty

The RSPA faculty, diverse in academic preparation and professional experience, is active in professional and service organizations. The faculty’s personal approach to advisement and educational experiences produces a supportive atmosphere and positive relationships among faculty, students and alumni.

Admission to the Program

Students planning to major in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration should meet with a RSPA academic advisor to discuss degree options and to select appropriate courses.  Refer to the General Education Program information in the Undergraduate Catalog to find the requirements you need to complete for adminssion into the RSPA program.  Course requirements for each degree option can be found on the RSPA web site: http://rec.missouristate.edu.  Some internship placements may require a criminal background and drug screening.

Facilities

Offices for the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration program are found in the lower level of Kings Street Annex, room 100. In addition to offices, the complex includes four classrooms where RSPA courses are taught and student resource areas including a computer lab. The Springfield area offers a variety of quality leisure service facilities that provide students with both professional and personal recreational opportunities.

Special Opportunities & Services

Majors are encouraged to become actively involved in the Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Association (formely RLSA), the Missouri Park and Recreation Association, the National Recreation and Park Association and other professional organizations related to their career interests.

The Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration program maintains a chapter of Rho Phi Lambda, the national honorary professional recreation, park and leisure services fraternity. Rho Phi Lambda provides membership opportunities for RSPA majors exhibiting high academic performance and outstanding professional involvement.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
ENG 110 Writing I3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
MTH 130 or higher3
KIN 100 (Error: Course not found)
CSC 101 Computers for Learning2
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
Culture and Society/Humanities3
Self-Understanding/Social-Behavioral3
Natural World4
HST 121 or 122 - US History3
Writing II3
Total Hours 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
REC 152 Introduction to Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration3
REC 190 Applied Social Recreation3
Natural World4
Self-Understanding/Creative and Vision3
Recreation skills course (advisement)3
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
REC 205 Concepts in Therapeutic Recreation3
REC 328 Statistical Applications in Recreation, Sport and Park Administration3
Culture and Society/Social Science3
Self-Understanding/Humanities3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Recreation skills course (advisement)2
Total Hours 17

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
REC 330 Leisure Research Applications3
REC 335 Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Practicum3
REC 211, 311, 411 or Degree Emphasis Course3
Degree Emphasis Courses9
Total Hours 18
Second Semester Courses Hours
REC 390 Recreation Programming3
REC 410 Recreation Leadership Supervision3
Electives3
Degree Emphasis Courses9
Total Hours 18

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
REC 422 Recreation Facility and Area Management3
REC 423 Administration of Recreation, Sport, and Park Agencies3
REC 490 Orientation to Internship1
Electives2
Degree Emphasis Courses9
Total Hours 18
Second Semester Courses Hours
REC 491 Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration Internship12
Total Hours 8-12