Recreation and Leisure Studies


The course offerings in recreation and leisure studies are designed to provide meaningful and effective learning experiences for major and non-major students alike.

The interdisciplinary major in the recreation and leisure studies department should be of particular interest to students who anticipate careers in recreation professions. By combining the concepts, skills, and perspectives of recreation and leisure studies courses with carefully selected elective courses, students may expect to meet the intent of a liberal arts degree in addition to their career objectives in the recreation profession.

A combination of academic study and practical experience provides the basis for the development of personal leadership, supervisory, and administrative skills.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all REC-prefix core courses prior to starting their internship in Recreation & Leisure Studies (REC 409).

Virginia Wesleyan University's Recreation and Leisure Studies Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).  The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.  

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

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Major(s): Recreation and Leisure Studies