Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Recreation & Sport in Communities, Parks & Schools Minor

Well-documented educational inequities in the United States are often exacerbated by unequal access to high quality after-school programming, as well as extracurricular and summer activities. This “out-of-school” issue may receive less attention from education advocates, but research shows some of our most powerful learning and developmental experiences happen while playing a sport or when exploring nature and parks. In fact, regular and prolonged engagement in meaningful extracurricular activities has been strongly correlated with academic and professional achievement.

Students in the Recreation & Sport in Communities, Parks & Schools Minor will learn important theory and socio-cultural context. The program will prepare students to provide quality, inclusive, accessible, recreation experiences and services in a wide variety of public and nonprofit settings, including municipal parks and recreation agencies, middle and high school athletic departments, and state and national parks.

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Graduate with a personal philosophy of recreation that integrates the ethical, social, and cultural foundations of leisure as they pertain to personal and professional interests
Study and examine important administration principles for public and nonprofit agencies providing recreation facilities, programs, and services
Learn and apply knowledge about event planning and recreation programming through the development of a unique event or program

Sample Courses

This 18-unit minor requires a minimum of 9 upper division (300-400 level) units. Through this program, you will take courses from top scholars in a variety of subjects, including:

  • SRL 353*: Recreation and Leisure in Contemporary Society
  • SRL 354*: Administration in Recreation, Community, & Non-Profit Organizations
  • SRL 355*: Planning Community Events and Recreation Programs
  • SRL 356:  Sports, Adolescents, and School
  • SRL 201:  Using Physical Activity to Explore the Human Body

*Indicates required course

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Gain hands-on experience and training in actual service in a business or government establishment. Students may complete multiple internships worth a varying amount of credit. Up to 6 internship credits may be used toward the completion of this minor. 

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The program will prepare students for a variety of professional roles, including careers in coaching, recreation programming, park management, youth sport administration, and campus recreation.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Matt OstermeyerXingxing Wu, or Mark Jenks. Please complete the College of Education Minor Declaration Form to declare this minor.