The Recreation Management program is designed to develop competencies in leadership, problem solving, communications, human relations, team building, technical and management skills as they apply to the recreation industry. Students receive management training for efficient and effective marketing, programming, budgeting, finance, and management-level performances within the leisure services industry.
The strength of this program is its innovative curriculum design. The curriculum allows students to shift from public municipal recreation, to non-profit, to commercial industries and still have the assurance that they have the critical management skills to perform in any one of the employment fields. Graduates may be employed by: recreation and sports centers, aquatic facilities, theme parks, resorts, community centers, senior centers, golf courses, ski areas, parks, camps, non-profit organizations, outdoor centers and other recreational venues.
The Activity/Fitness Emphasis area develops an ability to plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate recreation programs. The emphasis is designed to prepare recreation professionals in the organization and promotion of programs improving the quality of life across the life span.
The Outdoor Education Emphasis area develops an ability to plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate outdoor education programs. The emphasis focuses on problem solving skills, team building, leadership development, and growth through adversity.
Recreation Management program credits transfer to UW-LaCrosse, Carroll University, George Williams College, and Aurora University for the Recreation Management degree.