Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs
in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation,
and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United
States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and
Your interest in studying recreation comes at a turning point regarding the way in
which our society values recreation and leisure. More and more people are turn-ing
towards their leisure pursuits for self-fulfillment, creative expression, wellness
The delivery of recreation and leisure services has become a multi-billion dollar
industry. Well-educated individuals are needed to create, manage and execute high-quality
recreation programs for youth and community agencies, health care facilities, health
clubs, sports facil-ities, municipal parks and recreation de-partments, resorts, entertainment
places, schools, colleges and universities.
Moreover, the employment outlook for college graduates with a major in recre-ation/leisure
is very bright. Job oppor-tuntities within the recreation field continue to be strong,
as the Department of Labor projects that Recreation Pro-fessionals will be one of
the fastest growing job opportunities in the near future!
The success of recent Chicago State University (CSU) graduates in all areas of recreation
and leisure studies confirms the projections by the Department of Labor and reflects
the respect that employers have for CSU in the field of recreation.
Chicago State University's undergraduate Recreation Program provides students with
a comprehensive, high quality, yet af-fordable course of study relating to Ge-neral
Recreation, Recreation Management, Sport Studies, and Therapeutic Recreation. In addition
to the opportunity for inter-action with a very talented "student-centered" faculty,
students are afforded numerous opportunities for professional development. Students
are encouraged to participate in state and national confer-ences with other recreation
professionals, take field trips to appropriate recreation facilities, participate
in the Recreation Major's Club (Phi Lambda Sigma), and engage in fieldwork at a variety
If you enjoy:
- living, playing, and engaging in recre-ation activities;
- designing, organizing, planning, and implementing recreation programs;
- working with people;
- enabling people to live richer, fuller, happier lives; and/or
- promoting healthy lifestyles through recreation, sport and/or fitness programs…
…then the undergraduate program in Recreation at Chicago State University may be the
place for you.
The professional program of study is designed to prepare graduates for a career in
the recreation and leisure industry. The Recreation Program at CSU offers four emphasis
Prepares graduates for leadership, programming and supervisory positions in park
and recreation departments, camps, YMCAs/YWCAs, and other youth and community agencies.
Prepares graduates for leadership in supervisory and administrative positions in
park and recreation departments, youth and community agencies, com-mercial recreation,
fitness and health facilities, resort areas, campus recreation, and arm forces/military.
The Sport Studies specialty area in the Recreation major at CSU allows the student
to choose from three tracts: Coaching, Sports Management, and Fit-ness Management.
These tracks prepare graduates for coaching and management positions in campus recreation,
health/ fitness clubs, intramurals, recreation fa-cilities, parks and recreation departments,
sports clubs, sport facilities, and other community agencies.
Prepares students to deliver therapeutic recreation services (e.g. client assess-ment;
plan, implement and evaluate pro-grams) in a variety of settings to individuals with
disabilities, illnesses, and special needs who need assistance in developing skills
for and experiencing leisure. Graduates may work in reha-bilitation centers, hospitals,
nursing homes, childcare agencies, correctional facilities, schools, parks and recreation
agencies, and other health and human service agencies.
Please watch this important video (click HERE) regarding degree and accreditation mills. According to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation
mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills
may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go
to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree
mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation”
from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of
an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students
may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential."
Read more on CHEA's website.
Dr. June N. Price-Shingles
Director of Recreation Program
Chicago State University
Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies and Recreation
Chicago, IL 60628-1598