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Southeast has been preparing recreation professionals for nearly 35 years, and the program has the credentials to prove its quality. The Recreation program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). Recreation and Park Administration graduates go into the world with skills and expertise to provide services that enhance quality of life and provide individual, social, economic, and environmental benefits to the community. 

What You’ll Do  

Whether you are interested in working with children, teens, adults or seniors-engaging in outdoor adventure, cultural arts, sports or social activities-in hospital/clinical settings, the recreation and parks administration will prepare you. Your coursework will be complemented by: 

  • Working closely with qualified, award-winning faculty in a small class environment. 
  • Apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom to real-world experience in the field. 
  • Immediately begin interacting with recreation professionals. 
  • Complete a 12-week, 480-hour internship. 

What You'll Study

As a recreation and parks administration major, your coursework will vary from leisure in a diverse culture to outdoor adventure. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Recreation & Park Administration
(60 Hours Required – No Minor Required)

Required Courses

  • RC100 Leisure in a Diverse Culture (3)
  • RC140 Introduction to Recreation Services (3)
  • RC220 Leadership and Group Dynamics (3)
  • RC260 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (3)
  • RC288 Practicum in Recreation Services (3)
  • RC303 Research Methods (3)
  • RC380 Programming for Recreation Services (3)
  • RC385 Recreation Facilities Planning & Management (3)
  • RC405 Trends & Issues in Recreation & Leisure (3)
  • RC420 Organization & Administration of Recreation Services (3)
  • RC440 Facilitation of Group Development (3)
  • RC497 Recreation Internship (12)

Choose 15 hours from one track:

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRACK
  • RC119 Outdoor Adventure Special Topics (1-3)
  • RC150 Outdoor Living Skills (3)
  • RC151 Outdoor Adventure Skills (3)
  • RC210 Camp Leadership (3)
  • RC250 Foundations of Outdoor Recreation (3)
  • RC310 Outdoor Leadership (3)
  • RC311 Parks/Outdoor Resource Management (3)
  • RC350 Outdoor Adventure Education (3)
  • RC371 Challenge Course Administration and Facilitation (3)
  • RC450 Outdoor Adventure Therapy (3)
  • UI459 Nature Literacy (3)  OR  UI 429 Environmental Ethics (3)
RECREATION & PARK ADMINISTRATION TRACK
  • RC210 Camp Leadership (3)
  • RC230 Recreational Sports (3)
  • RC270 Commercial Recreation (3)
  • RC311 Parks/Outdoor Resource Management (3)
  • RC340 Mentoring Principles (3)
  • RC345 Youth Development Through Leisure (3)
  • RC386 Aquatic Facility Management (3)
  • RC480 Community Development (3)
  • UI 354 Lifestyle Enhancement (3) OR UI 427 Service & Community (3)

Students must attain a grade of ‘C’ or higher in every major course.

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 

  • UI100 (3) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • RC100 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (19 Hours)

  • RC140 (4)
  •  
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in major and overall

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • RC220 (3) 
  • RC260 (2)
  •  
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • RC288 (3)
  • RC380 (3)
  • Recreation Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (4)

Milestone: Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in major and overall

Junior Year

Fall Semester (12 Hours) 

  • RC303 (3)
  • RC385 (3)
  • RC440 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours) 

  • Recreation Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Milestone: Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in major and overall

Senior Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • Recreation Elective (3)
  • Recreation Elective (3)
  • Elective (5)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)

  • RC405 (3)
  • RC420 (3)
  • Recreation Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Milestone: Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in major and overall

Summer Session

  • RC497 Recreation Internship (12)

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 

     


  • $92k+ 

    Life Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a recreational therapist is $91,710. 

     


     

     

     

  • $75k

    Recreation Teacher, post secondary

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a recreation teacher, post secondary is $75,430. 


     

     

     

     


  • $37k

    Recreation Worker

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a recreation worker is $37,310. 

     

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Accreditations

  • caATe Commission on Accreditation Athletic Training logo
  • Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions logo
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) logo
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics logo
  • COSMA

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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Location
Office Location
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Mailing Address
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701