Recreation Management

Recreation Management is a broad term that encompasses many different types of leisure. Among these are youth and adult events or programming, sporting events, festivals, fairs, outdoor recreation and more. As such, it is the most comprehensive view of leisure available to students at the University of Illinois. Although much leisure is spontaneous and free in form, much of it takes place in programmed events (i.e. professional sporting events, day camps, adventure travel, etc.). Good programming is not something that happens by chance, but is something that is made to happen. The level of dedication, understanding, and skill of the professional plays a large part in the success of the event or program. In Recreation Management, students are taught, among other administrative skills, various planning, programming, and evaluative techniques. This knowledge serves the students well in whatever type of organization they decide to pursue careers.

Curriculum for Recreation Management Concentration

General Education Requirements

  • Composition I, 3-4 hrs
  • Advanced Composition (RST 410), 3 hrs
  • Communications, 3 hrs
  • Quantitative Reasoning I, 3 hrs
  • Quantitative Reasoning II (RST 370), 3 hrs
  • Humanities & Arts, 6 hrs
  • Natural Science & Technology, 6 hrs
  • Social and Behavioral Science, 6 hrs
  • Social Science (RST 100 & 330), 3 hrs
  • Cultural Studies: Western (RST 330)
  • Cultural Studies: Non-West/US Minority
  • * Foreign Language
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  • Subtotal: 41 hrs

* Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college

 

Leisure Studies Core Requirements

  • RST 100 Society and Leisure, 3 hrs
  • RST 101 Orientation to Leisure Studies, 1 hr
  • RST 230 Leisure & Diversity, 3 hrs
  • RST 316 Leisure & Human Development, 3 hrs
  • RST 330 Leisure & Consumer Culture, 3 hrs
  • RST 370 Research Methods & Analysis, 3 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 16 hrs

 

Management Core Requirements

  • RST 110 Leisure Service Delivery, 2 hrs
  • RST 200 Leadership in Leisure Services, 2 hrs
  • RST 300 Programming in Leisure, 3 hrs
  • RST 320 Leisure Services Marketing, 3 hrs
  • RST 340 Leisure & Facility Management, 3 hrs
  • RST 410 Administration of Leisure Services, 3 hrs
  • RST 420 Hum Res Mgt in Leisure Organizations, 3 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 19 hrs

 

Experiential Education Requirements

  • RST 480 Orientation to Practicum, 1 hr
  • RST 484 Leisure Studies Practicum, 12 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 13 hrs

Comm Recr Mgmt. Requirements

  • RST 120 Community Leisure Services, 3 hrs
  • RST 217 Public Recreation, 3 hrs
  • RST 218 Entrepreneurship, 3 hrs
  • RST 341 Comm Recreation Planning, 3 hrs
  • RST 429 Contemporary Issues in Leisure Services, 4 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 16 hrs

 

Community Recr Electives

  • Department Electives, 12 hrs
  • Free Electives, 11 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 23 hrs

 

Summary of Requirements

  • General Education Requirements, 41 hrs
  • Leisure Studies Core Requirements, 16 hrs
  • Management Core Requirements, 19 hrs
  • Internship Requirements, 13 hrs
  • Concentration Requirements, 16 hrs
  • Elective Requirements, 23 hrs
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  • Total: 128 hrs

 

Graduation Requirement Checklist

  • 2.00 UIUC Cumulative GPA
  • Residency Requirement
  • 128 Credit Hours

 

Pre-Intern Learning Requirements

All RST students must obtain 300 hours of work experience related to the industry.

Minimum hours – 40 hours per agency
Minimum of 2 agencies must be used

For more details on the internship requirements: http://rst.illinois.edu/Undergraduate/Internship.aspx#progover

For additional information on The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism contact LoriKay Paden, Academic Advisor, at (217) 244-2695 or lkpaden@illinois.edu.