Recreation

Department:Secondary & Middle School Education (K-12 & 6-12)

Chairperson: Mary Grace Bator

Faculty: Gail Ito, Greg Place, June Price-Shingles

Degree(s)/Certification(s): B.S. Ed. in Recreation (Non-certification)

Content Designations: REC

The Recreation program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation. The department also offers minors in health, recreation, and physical education. The Recreation Program provides emphasis areas in: 1) general recreation; 2) recreation management; 3) sport studies; and 4) therapeutic recreation.

General Requirements

  • Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in a teacher education program leading to certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
  • Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
  • Admission to the College of Education is required prior to registration in any professional education courses other than ED 2000; ED 4312; PE 2040; PSYC 2020; and S ED 4301.
  • Documented disposition deficiencies must be satisfied in order to register for REC 4540 and REC 4750.
  • Successfully complete the university qualifying examinations in English composition, mathematics, and reading before completing 30 credit hours in recreation courses.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years.

content: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are contentd in program documentation.

General Recreation

General Education (36-42 credit hours)

Core Requirements; 15 credits: Composition (6), Foreign Language (6-two semesters in sequence), & Mathematics (3)

General Requirements; 21 credits: Humanities (6- CMAT 1130 or 2030 and one fine arts elective), Physical and Life Sciences (6-one course must have a lab), & Social Science (9- SOC 1010; POL 1010; and PSYC 1100)

Embedded Requirements; 6 credits (if not satisfied at same time other requirements are satisfied): Diversity (3) & Critical Thinking (3)

General Recreation Core Requirements; 45 credits: REC 1000; 2000; 2010; 2070; 2200; 2300; 2580; 4000; 4240; 4300; 4500; 4540; & 4750

General Recreation Supportive Courses; 10 credits: HS 1570; PE 2140; REC 2360; PE 2380; PE 2390

General Recreation Directed Electives; 12-15 credits (Advisor directed)

General Recreation Specialty; 11-14 credits: REC 4100 or 4400 required; remaining from any REC, PR or HPER courses 

Recreation Management

General Education (36-42 credit hours)

Core Requirements; 15 credits:

Composition (6), Foreign Language (6-two semesters in sequence), & Mathematics (3)

General Requirements; 21 credits:

Humanities (6- CMAT 1130 or 2030 and one fine arts elective), Physical and Life Sciences (6-one course must have a lab), & Social Science (9- SOC 1010; POL 1010; and PSYC 1100)

Embedded Requirements; 6 credits (if not satisfied at same time other requirements are satisfied):

Diversity (3) & Critical Thinking (3)

Recreation Management Core Requirements; 45 credits:

REC 1000; 2000; 2010; 2070; 2200; 2300; 2580; 4000; 4240; 4300; 4500; 4540; & 4750

Recreation Management Supportive Courses; 10 credits:

HS 1570; PE 2140; REC 2360; PE 2380; PE 2390

Recreation Management Directed Electives; 15 credits:

6 credits must be from the following:

ACCT 2110: ACCT 2111; ECON 1010; ECON 1020; MGMT 1030; MKTG 3110; MKTG 3820

Recreation Management Specialty; 11-14 credits:

REC 4100 or 4400 required; remaining from any REC, PR or HPER courses

Sport Studies

General Education 36-50 credit hours

Core Requirements; 15 credits:

Composition (6), Foreign Language (6-two semesters in sequence), & Mathematics (3)

General Requirements; 21-29 credits:

Humanities (6- CMAT 1130 or 2030 and one fine arts elective), Physical and Life Sciences [(BIOL 1080) Fitness Management specialty must also take ZOOL 2050 & PSLY 2040), & Social Science (9- SOC 1010; POL 1010; and PSYC 1100)

Embedded Requirements; 6 credits if not satisfied at same time other requirements are satisfied:

Diversity (3) & Critical Thinking (3)

Sports Studies Core Requirements; 45 credits:

REC 1000; 2000; 2010; 2070; 2200; 2300; 2580; 4000; 4240; 4300; 4500; 4540; & 4750

Choose one specialty area:

Fitness Management:

Fitness Management Specialty; 10-13 credits

HS 1570; HPR 1200 or PE 2300; PE 1230; PE 3030; PE 3410 or PE 4420

Fitness Management Supportive Courses; 4 credits

Choose two of the following: PE 2140; REC 2360; PE 2380; PE 2390

Fitness Management Directed Electives; 11-14 credits

REC 4100; 6 credits must be from the following: ACCT 2110; ACCT 2111; ECON 1010; ECON 1020; MGMT 1030; MKTG 3110; MKTG 3820; remaining are electives

Sport Management:

Sport Management Specialty;

11 credits: HS 1570; HPR 2500; REC 4070; PE 3280

Sport Management Supportive Electives; 4 credits:

Choose two from the following: PE 2140; REC 2360; PE 2380; PE 2390

Sport Management Directed Electives; 18-24 credits:

REC 4100; 6 credits must be from the following: ACCT 2110; ACCT 2111; ECON 1010; ECON 1020; MGMT 1030; MKTG 3110; MKTG 3820; remaining are electives

Therapeutic Recreation

General Education / 44-50 credit hours

Core Requirements; 15 credits: Composition (6), Foreign Language (6-two semesters in sequence), & Mathematics (3)

General Requirements; 29 credits:

Humanities (6- CMAT 1130 or 2030 and one fine arts elective), Physical and Life Sciences (14-BIOL 1080, ZOOL 2050, PSLY 2040), & Social Science (9- SOC 1010; POL 1010; and PSYC 1100)

Embedded Requirements; 6 credits (if not satisfied at same time other requirements are satisfied):

Diversity (3) & Critical Thinking (3)

Therapeutic Recreation Core Requirements; 45 credits:

REC 1000; 2000; 2010; 2070; 2200; 2300; 2580; 4000; 4240; 4300; 4500; 4540; & 4750

Therapeutic Recreation Supportive Courses;

10 credits: HS 1570; PE 2140; REC 2360; PE 2380; PE 2390

Therapeutic Recreation Directed Electives; 9-12 credits:

PSYC 2000, PSYC 4155, and electives per advisor

Therapeutic Recreation Specialty; 9 credits:

REC 3310; REC 4320; and REC 4440

Minor in Recreation 21 credit hours

Required Courses 18 credit hours;

REC 1000, 2000, 4240, 4300, and one of the following: REC 2300, 4100 or 4400.

Elective Courses 3 credit hours:

Select any three-credit hour recreation course with the exception of REC 2070

Recreation (REC) Course Offerings

1000 INTRODUCTION TO LEISURE SERVICES (3)

Introduction to concepts, definitions and central issues relevant to recreation and leisure. Exploration of factors influencing leisure. Overview of the delivery of leisure and recreation services. Ten hours field experience required.

1800 CAMP COUNSELING (3)

Aims and objectives of camping, characteristics of the camper, and personal qualities of the counselor in relation to camp program areas and outdoor living skills and activities. Laboratory experience required.

2000 PROGRAM PLANNING FOR LEISURE SERVICES (3)

Study of the principles and planning of leisure experiences and recreation programs. Emphasis is placed on leisure activities and factors that affect implementation and function. Laboratory experience required.

2010 PHILOSOPHY OF LEISURE AND RECREATION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of English 1230 or 1270.

Study of the philosophical foundations of leisure, recreation and planning, which encompass the historical development of the field of recreation. Introduction to the literature and critical examination of leisure concepts and theories. Writing emphasis course.

2050 MULTICULTURAL LEISURE IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS (3)

Exploration of diverse leisure including the leisure of various gender, race/ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and religious groups. Analysis of the impact leisure has on the overall quality of life in a multicultural urban setting.

2070 USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION PROFESSIONAL/4 (3)

Application of computer technology use for the physical education teacher and the recreation professional. Use of word processing, spread sheet, presentation software, web page building, grading software, and other profession-specific software. Credit not given for both PE 2070 and REC 2070

2200 LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISION IN LEISURE AND RECREATION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of department.

Development of operational skills in leadership, group dynamics, and supervision, using traditional instruction as well as experiential learning opportunities. Investigation of board and commission relationships, the political processes, and the public relations aspect

of the recreation supervisor. Ten hours field experience required.

2300 OUTDOOR RECREATION AND TEAM BUILDING (3)

Prerequisite: Physical Education or Recreation Major.

Exposure to outdoors and environmental recreation activities and how to incorporate those activities into traditional physical education and recreational settings. Includes team-building and adventure activities and how to design programs and courses. Laboratory experience required.

2360 AQUATICS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION PROFESSIONALS ACTIVITY /4 (2)

Prerequisite: Intended physical education and recreation majors.

This course is designed for physical education teachers and recreation leaders who will be expected to teach aquatics. It includes progressive swimming instruction, observation and participation in other aquatic activities and peer teaching. Credit not given for both PE 2360 and REC 2360.

2580 LEISURE PROGRAMMING FOR ADULTS IN LATER LIFE /FIELD (3)

Investigation of changes in the psychological, cognitive, sociological and physical characteristics of people as they age. Study of principles and planning of leisure experience and recreation programming for adults in later life. Twenty hours directed field experience in the community in a recreational setting.

2600 INDEPENDENT READINGS IN RECREATION (1)

Study of program trends in recreation through the use of up-to-date literature to broaden basic knowledge of the individual. Writing emphasis course.

3260 ORGANIZED CAMPING (3)

Acquaints prospective camp administrators and program directors with problems, procedures and policies in the administration of the modern camp.

3310 PRINCIPLES AND CLINICAL PRACTICES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: REC 4300 or consent of the instructor.

Focus on therapeutic recreation content and process. Analysis of clinical intervention techniques and strategies, including treatment techniques, leisure education and role of recreation participation in the treatment process. Twenty hours field experience.

3410 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION AND INCLUSION (3)

In depth look at inclusion. Exploration of the role of the therapeutic recreation specialist and the leisure professional in creating an inclusive environment. Course includes exploration of philosophy of inclusion, means and techniques for inclusion, review of pertinent legislation, facility and program accessibility and introduction to assistive technology.

4000 FACILITY MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN (3)

Introduction to the basic concepts of leisure facility planning and design and examination of the relationship between facility design and operational management. Examination of issues pertaining to the design and management of public and private open spaces and facilities.

4070 CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN SPORT AND RECREATION /3 (3)

The consequence of participation in organized sport for children and youth will be examined from historical, developmental, philosophical, psychological, physiological and sociological perspectives. The course will focus on the ethics, problems and controversies of children’s participation in sport. Credit will not be given for both PE 4070 and REC 4070.

4100 COMMERCIAL RECREATION (3)

An introduction of business requirements for viability in market-sector provisions, discussion of the scope and administrative function of for-profit leisure and recreation enterprises, including an analysis of planning, controlling, and developing such enterprises.

4200 INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL AND TOURISM (3)

Acquaints the student with all aspects of travel and tourism as they relate to the leisure service industry with special focus on concepts, terminology, significance, and trends. Specifically, students will gain insight into the interdependence among tourism-related firms, the socioeconomic factors that contribute to travel, the significance of geography, and the political, cultural, and economic implications of travel and tourism.

4240 MANAGEMENT OF LEISURE SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (3) 

Prerequisite: REC 1000, 2000, and 2200 or consent of department.

An examination of the critical functions of a manager in public and private leisure service organizations. Particular topics include goal and policy development, supervision, ethics, risk management, fiscal management, and facility operations.

4250 LEISURE IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY (3)

Comparison of system of recreation and leisure from different cultural settings to promote a further understanding of the recreation discipline on a worldwide scale. The structure of this course will involve three dimensions of comparative analysis of recreation: historical, philosophical and sociological.

4270 LEISURE AND YOUTH AT RISK (3)

Exploration of what it means to be classified as “youth at risk” and the potential benefits and negatives of leisure for this group. Emphasis on understanding the benefits of leisure, means of facilitating a positive leisure lifestyle, analysis of leisure-related behavior problems, and recreation program development and

implementation. Laboratory experience required.

4280 EDUCATION FOR LEISURE (3)

Theories, models and techniques for leisure education. An overview of leisure and the rationale for leisure education. Course will address leisure education for a wide variety of populations in settings such as park districts, schools, human service agencies and clinical settings. Course will include the design of leisure education materials and programs. Laboratory experience required.

4290 LEISURE COUNSELING (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Exploration of services designed to assist individuals in developing leisure attitudes and in utilizing resources. Selected leisure counseling theories and intervention techniques will be reviewed and discussed in the context of a recreation counseling model. Life leisure and recreation skills are strengthened through a developmental, remedial or therapeutic process.

4300 OVERVIEW OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES/FIELD (3)

Exploration of therapeutic recreation in community and clinical settings. An overview of the philosophical concepts of therapeutic recreation pertinent legislation and different disability groups. Awareness of the roles of the therapeutic recreation specialist, other leisure services providers, and human service providers in addressing the needs of persons with disabilities. Ten hours field experience.

4320/332 PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3)

Prerequisite: REC 4300 or consent of the department.

Systematic approach to the development and design of therapeutic recreation programs from conceptualization to evaluation. This will equip the student with skills necessary to systematically design and evaluate programs using various systems techniques.

4400 COMMUNITY RECREATION (3)

A study of the contemporary and historical role and interrelationships of public, private, and nonprofit community-based recreation and park agencies. This includes park and recreation departments, youth serving agencies, special recreation opportunities, and leisure businesses.

4430 ADMINISTRATION OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES (3)

Prerequisite: REC 4300 or consent of the department.

Emphasis on information which is specific to the administration of therapeutic recreation services. Topics including fiscal management, quality assurance, evaluation and the marketing of therapeutic recreation as well as general administration will be discussed.

4440 ISSUES, TRENDS AND CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3)

Prerequisite: REC 4300 or consent of the department.

Critical issues and trends in therapeutic recreation. Contemporary problems will be discussed. Role of the leisure professional in the contemporary therapeutic recreation setting. Funding, ethics, and legal responsibilities in public and private leisure settings as well as clinical agencies.

4500 PROGRAM EVALUATION AND RESEARCH IN LEISURE AND RECREATION (3)

Prerequisite: REC 1000, 2000 and Math elective.

Overview of research concepts, approaches, methods, and techniques relevant to recreation and leisure services. Emphasis on program evaluation and needs assessment. Exploration of current research, development of a research proposal, and participation in the design and implementation of a class research project.

4540 SEMINAR AND METHODS FOR RECREATION FIELD/50 CLOCK HOURS (3)

Prerequisite: REC 1000, 2000, 2200, and ENG 1280 or consent of the department.

Introduction to field experience including techniques, methods and practices used. Exposure to practical application issues and trends in various recreation settings via readings, site visits, field work, guest speakers and interaction with practitioners. Identification of potential field work sites. Development of portfolio. Writing emphasis course.

4750 FIELD EXPERIENCE AND COMMUNITY RECREATION/ PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT FIELD FOUR AND ONE HALF DAYS/SEMINAR ONE HALF DAY/16 WEEKS (9)

Prerequisite: REC 4540 and consent of department.

Supervised professional field work experience plus additional requirements. Provides opportunity for practical application of classroom theory in professional field work. Experience in recreation planning, leadership, supervision, and program evaluation. No other course may be taken during the semester this course is taken.

4850 ADVENTURE CHALLENGE EDUCATION IN RECREATION AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3)

Use of a variety of leisure education environments for teaching and leading group activities in physical education and recreation, emphasizing trust, cooperation, problem solving, and physically challenging experiences. (This course is the same as PE 4850)

4980 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LEISURE AND RECREATION /16 – 48 (3)

Selected issues and problems that have contemporary significance in leisure and recreation. May be repeated for credit. (A maximum of three credit hours may be applied to the degree.)

4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN LEISURE AND RECREATION (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

In-depth study to develop greater competency in a specific learning area or specific topic. In cooperation with the instructor, students arrange the focus and direction of the arranged activities. This course may also serve to assist the student in improving areas of deficiency.