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Recreation and Park Administration


The Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation at Southeast Missouri State University has been preparing recreation and leisure professionals since 1988. The Recreation 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.

Recreation students can choose from a wide variety of career paths including programming and administration of recreational services for city parks and recreation departments, non-profit organizations like YMCAs and Boy's and Girl's Clubs, branches of the military, and for people with disabilities and other special needs. View more possible career options available for the future recreation professional.

What You'll Do

  • Interact with qualified, award winning faculty in a small class environment.
  • Have the opportunity to 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

  • RC100 Leisure in a Diverse Culture
  • RC405 Trends and Issues in Recreation & Leisure
  • RC119 Outdoor Adventure Special Topics
  • RC311 Parks/Outdoor Resource Mgmt

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch
  • City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation
  • US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Camp Ondessonk
  • Trail of Tears State Park
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Leave No Trace
  • Mastadon State Historic Site
  • Teton Valley Ranch Camp


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