A.A. Degree and Certificate of
Health Sciences and Athletics Division
The degree is designed for students desiring to transfer or to obtain entry-level positions in recreation and leisure services. After acquiring the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of recreation, students will apply administrative, leadership, planning, supervision, and counseling skills in diverse commercial, municipal, and camp recreation settings. Competencies will be assessed by evaluating the studentâ€™s ability to solve problems in recreation and leisure program design and to develop organizational skills in a variety of situations.
Cooperative Work Experience Education
Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Recreation field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.
Introduction to Recreation
This course examines the basic concepts of recreation and leisure as well as the trends in the overall field of recreation services. The course is designed to encourage students to critically examine the field of recreation and how it impacts their lives and those of the individuals in their community.
Leadership concepts and skills for students beginning to work in recreational settings are presented in a leisure services context. Roles, types, and responsibilities of recreational leaders are examined as well as skills needed to encourage participation in recreation programs among different age groups.
Camp Counseling: Leadership and Programming
This course covers the history, practices, and philosophy of organized camp and camp counseling. Emphasis is placed on the camp counselorâ€™s role in guidance and leadership, analysis of techniques of camp counseling, proper planning, and theory of camping. The operations of day and short-term recreational camps and outdoor camps, as well as professional opportunities in the field, are also examined.