Community and Therapeutic Recreation

School of Health and Human Sciences

The study of the recreation and park industries encompasses a broad range of events and activities related to camping, natural resources, outdoor activities, arts, amusement parks, therapy, sporting events, and community recreation programs.

A few of the many specialties within this growing field are:

  • gerontology,
  • youth organizations,
  • parks and forestry,
  • public recreation,
  • specialized facility management,
  • commercial enterprising,
  • therapeutic recreation,
  • community inclusion,
  • sports management,
  • resource management,
  • and recreation and parks administration.

The Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation offers a B.S. in Recreation and Parks Management, with two concentrations in: Community Recreation and Event Planning, and Therapeutic Recreation.

A Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Parks and Recreation Management is offered in Community Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation.

Career Ideas

  • Activity Therapy Director
  • Aquatics Therapist
  • Armed Forces Recreation Director
  • Athletic Program Supervisor
  • Camp Director
  • Campus or Church Recreation Director
  • Club Manager (Health/Fitness)
  • Community Center Director
  • Concert Promoter
  • Convention Planner/Coordinator
  • Correctional Therapist
  • Cultural and Performing Arts Coordinator
  • Employee Recreation Specialist
  • Golf/Tennis Pro
  • Inclusion/Integration Facilitator
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Manager Leisure
  • Educator/Counselor
  • Outdoor Recreator/Educator
  • Park Ranger
  • Recreation Facility Manager
  • Recreation Programmer
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Resort Activities Director
  • Resort ManagerSki Instructor
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • SpecialistYMCA/YWCA Director