The program in recreation and sport management is designed to prepare candidates for a variety of career opportunities in the field of recreation and sport management. Career opportunities may include park and recreation directors for a city, college and professional sports management, fitness center managers, state and national park managers, camp administrators, or work in YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, or other youth-serving agencies. Graduates of this program should be well prepared to enter the recreation and sport workforce at an entry level position or pursue graduate studies in such areas as recreation management and sport management.

All students must complete the University Core requirements. In addition, all students must take the required general studies for the recreation and sport management core requirements listed. Recreation and sport management majors must obtain a 'C' or better in all courses beginning with the alpha code RESM. To enroll in RESM 440V, students must have a 2.50 GPA or better in RESM core and professional elective courses, have senior standing and have completed RESM 3873 and two RESM 2011 practicums.

There are several experiential requirements within the recreation and sport management core. Students are required to do three practicum experiences (RESM 2011). Each experience totals 45 hours. A more intense experience of an internship (RESM 440V) requires a minimum of  400 hours or work full time for 12-15 weeks in an agency with a qualified park, recreation, or sport management professional.

An undergraduate major in Recreation and Sport Management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree.  The minimum requirements for all students in the college are listed under general studies.

Requirements for B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management with Recreation Administration Concentration

Curriculum for a Major in Recreation and Sport Management

Students must complete 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses to complete degree.

State Minimum Core35
Required state minimum core for major in Recreation and Sport Management:
American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) 2
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) 2
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) 2
Basic Economics: Theory and Practice 2
Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103)
and Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
Recreation and Sport Management Major Requirements37
Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)
Recreation and Sport Practicum (three enrollments of one hour each) 1
Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport Management 1
Leisure and Society 1
Sport and Recreation Risk Management 1
Program Planning in Recreation and Sport 1
Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Sport 1
Research in Recreation and Sport 1
Pre-Internship Preparation 1
Internship (12 hours of RESM 440V required) 1
Recreation and Sports Administration Concentrations (See Concentrations) 19-15
12 Hours of RESM elective courses (suggested RESM electives by concentration)12
Professional Foundations of Recreation and Sport Management 1 SA
Recreation and Natural Resources 1 RA
Commercial Recreation and Sport 1 RA
Recreation and Sport Leadership 1 SA
Recreation and Sport Facilities 1 SA
Marketing and Promotion in Recreation and Sport Management 1 SA
Management in Recreation and Sport 1 SA
Outdoor Adventure Leadership 1 RA
Independent Study in Recreation and Sport 1 RA
The Intramural Sports Program 1 RA
Workshop 1 RA
HHPR Departmental Electives (Any 6 hours of EXSC, PBHL, KINS, PHED, HHPR)6
Related Electives of which 6 hours must be 3000/4000 level
From ACCT, ANTH, COMM, FINN, FEOS, HDFS, HESC, HOSP, ISYS, JOUR, MGMT, MKTG, NUTR, SCWK, SOCI, SUST, WCOB, UNIV 1001
Suggested Related Electives by Concentration 15-21
The Helping Relationship RA
Geology of Our National Parks RA
Media, Community and Citizenship RA/SA
Survey of Social Media RA/SA
Ethics and Corporate Responsibility RA/SA
Data Analysis and Interpretation RA/SA
Introduction to Marketing SA
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality SA
Introduction to Hospitality Management SA
Seminar in Social Media SA
University Perspectives RA/SA
Total Hours120
Recreation Administration Concentration Requirements
RESM 1003Professional Foundations of Recreation and Sport Management 13
RESM 2813Recreation and Sport Leadership 13
RESM 3843Recreation and Sport Facilities 13
RESM 3883Marketing and Promotion in Recreation and Sport Management 13
RESM 4003Management in Recreation and Sport 13
Total Hours15

Recreation and Sport Management with Recreation Administration Concentration
Nine-Semester Plan

The Recreation Administration concentration in Recreation and Sport Management is exempt from eight-semester degree plans because students are recommended to register for RESM 440V Internship after the completion of their course work and recreation agencies have their busiest season in the summer. The following nine-semester plan, however, will guide students who wish to graduate in four years.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3    
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)3    
Fine Arts Core or Humanities Core3    
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)3    
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)3    
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3  
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)  3  
Science Core w/lab  4  
RESM 1003 Professional Foundations of Recreation and Sport Management2  3  
RESM 2853 Leisure and Society2  3  
Year Total: 15 16  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice1
or ECON 2013 and ECON 2023
3-6    
RESM 2813 Recreation and Sport Leadership23    
RESM elective23    
RESM Related elective3    
Science Core w/lab  4  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3  
Humanities Core or Fine Arts Core  3  
RESM 3093 Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport Management2  3  
Year Total: 12 13  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
RESM elective23    
HHPR departmental elective3    
RESM 3883 Marketing and Promotion in Recreation and Sport Management23    
RESM Related elective3    
HHPR departmental elective  3  
RESM Related elective  3  
RESM 3833 Program Planning in Recreation and Sport2  3  
RESM 3843 Recreation and Sport Facilities2  3  
RESM 2011 Recreation and Sport Practicum2  1  
Year Total: 12 13  
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
RESM 3873 Sport and Recreation Risk Management23    
RESM 4003 Management in Recreation and Sport23    
RESM 2011 Recreation and Sport Practicum21    
RESM 4411 Pre-Internship Preparation21    
RESM Related elective3-6    
RESM 4083 Research in Recreation and Sport2  3  
RESM 4013 Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Sport2  3  
RESM 2011 Recreation and Sport Practicum2  1  
RESM elective2  6  
RESM 440V Internship2    12
Year Total: 14 13 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120

Requirements for B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management with Sports Administration Concentration

Curriculum for a Major in Recreation and Sport Management

Students must complete 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses to complete degree.

State Minimum Core35
Required state minimum core for major in Recreation and Sport Management:
American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) 2
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) 2
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) 2
Basic Economics: Theory and Practice 2
Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103)
and Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
Recreation and Sport Management Major Requirements37
Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)
Recreation and Sport Practicum (three enrollments of one hour each) 1
Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport Management 1
Leisure and Society 1
Sport and Recreation Risk Management 1
Program Planning in Recreation and Sport 1
Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Sport 1
Research in Recreation and Sport 1
Pre-Internship Preparation 1
Internship (12 hours of RESM 440V required) 1
Recreation and Sports Administration Concentrations (See Concentrations) 19-15
12 Hours of RESM elective courses (suggested RESM electives by concentration)12
Professional Foundations of Recreation and Sport Management 1 SA
Recreation and Natural Resources 1 RA
Commercial Recreation and Sport 1 RA
Recreation and Sport Leadership 1 SA
Recreation and Sport Facilities 1 SA
Marketing and Promotion in Recreation and Sport Management 1 SA
Management in Recreation and Sport 1 SA
Outdoor Adventure Leadership 1 RA
Independent Study in Recreation and Sport 1 RA
The Intramural Sports Program 1 RA
Workshop 1 RA
HHPR Departmental Electives (Any 6 hours of EXSC, PBHL, KINS, PHED, HHPR)6
Related Electives of which 6 hours must be 3000/4000 level
From ACCT, ANTH, COMM, FINN, FEOS, HDFS, HESC, HOSP, ISYS, JOUR, MGMT, MKTG, NUTR, SCWK, SOCI, SUST, WCOB, UNIV 1001
Suggested Related Electives by Concentration 15-21
The Helping Relationship RA
Geology of Our National Parks RA
Media, Community and Citizenship RA/SA
Survey of Social Media RA/SA
Ethics and Corporate Responsibility RA/SA
Data Analysis and Interpretation RA/SA
Introduction to Marketing SA
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality SA
Introduction to Hospitality Management SA
Seminar in Social Media SA
University Perspectives RA/SA
Total Hours120
Sports Administration Concentration Required Courses
RESM 2063Commercial Recreation and Sport 13
RESM 3023Sport Management Fundamentals 13
RESM 480VWorkshop 13
Total Hours9

Recreation and Sport Management with Sports Administration Concentration
Nine-Semester Plan

The Sports Administration Concentration in Recreation and Sport Management is exempt from eight-semester degree plans because students are recommended to register for RESM 440V Internship after the completion of their course work and the sport management agencies have their busiest season in the summer. The following nine-semester plan, however, will guide students who wish to graduate in four years.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3    
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)3    
Fine Arts Core or Humanities Core3    
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)3    
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)3    
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3  
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)  3  
Science Core w/lab  4  
RESM 2853 Leisure and Society2  3  
RESM 3023 Sport Management Fundamentals2  3  
Year Total: 15 16  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice1
or ECON 2013 and ECON 2023
3-6    
RESM 2063 Commercial Recreation and Sport23    
RESM elective23    
RESM Related elective3    
Science Core w/lab  4  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3  
Humanities Core or Fine Arts Core  3  
RESM 3093 Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport Management2  3  
Year Total: 15 13  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
RESM elective26    
HHPR departmental elective3    
RESM Related elective3    
HHPR departmental elective  3  
RESM Related elective  3  
RESM 3833 Program Planning in Recreation and Sport2  3  
RESM 2011 Recreation and Sport Practicum2  1  
RESM 480V Workshop2  3  
Year Total: 12 13  
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
RESM 3873 Sport and Recreation Risk Management23    
RESM elective23    
RESM 2011 Recreation and Sport Practicum21    
RESM 4411 Pre-Internship Preparation21    
RESM Related elective3-6    
RESM 4083 Research in Recreation and Sport2  3  
RESM 4013 Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Sport2  3  
RESM 2011 Recreation and Sport Practicum2  1  
RESM Related elective  6  
RESM 440V Internship2    12
Year Total: 11 13 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120

Dittmore, Stephen W., Ph.D. (University of Louisville), M.A., B.A. (Drake University), Professor, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, 2008.
Edmonston, Craig, M.S. (University of Kansas), B.S. (Kansas State University), Instructor, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, 2016.
Langsner, Steve, Ph.D. (Indiana University at Bloomington), M.S. (University of Baltimore), B.S. (Springfield College), Associate Professor, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, 1989.
Moiseichik, Merry Lynn, J.D. (University of Arkansas), R.Ed. (Indiana University at Bloomington), M.S., B.S.E. (State University of New York at Cortland), Professor, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, 1989.

Courses

RESM 1003. Professional Foundations of Recreation and Sport Management. 3 Hours.

An analysis of the historical and philosophical development of recreation, sport and leisure. Theories of play, recreation, sport and leisure are studied. Economic, political, technical, and social forces are examined as these influence recreation, sport, parks, and leisure services is examined in context with diverse service delivery systems. Prerequisite: RESM major or RESM minor or instructor consent. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

RESM 1023. Recreation and Natural Resources. 3 Hours.

An examination of the use and management of natural resources for outdoor recreation with consideration of multiple use, environmental ethics, risk management, and other current considerations. Several field visits will be required as part of the class, including a weekend outing. Prerequisite: RESM major or RESM minor or by instructor consent. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

RESM 2011. Recreation and Sport Practicum. 1 Hour.

Students are assigned to assist in leisure-oriented programs for exposure to organizational structure, services, and programming of cooperating recreational and sport agencies. Students may take 1-3 hours per semester; each credit hour is a 45-hour experience. Students must complete 3 different experiences before internship. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

RESM 2063. Commercial Recreation and Sport. 3 Hours.

Examination of the commercial recreation and sport industries. The operational requirement of a wide range of recreation businesses will be studied. Case study and field investigation methods will be emphasized. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

RESM 2813. Recreation and Sport Leadership. 3 Hours.

Development of knowledge related to leadership theory, group dynamics, and face to face leadership techniques. Students gain an understanding of leadership theories as they are applied in a field setting. Pre- or Corequisite: COMM 1313. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

RESM 2853. Leisure and Society. 3 Hours.

This course is an examination of leisure and its effect on society. Course content includes identification and exploration of motivating factors related to various traditional and contemporary leisure expressions as it occurs across diverse populations. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

RESM 2853H. Honors Leisure and Society. 3 Hours.

This course is an examination of leisure and its effect on society. Course content includes identification and exploration of motivating factors related to various traditional and contemporary leisure expressions as it occurs across diverse populations. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to RESM 2853.

RESM 3023. Sport Management Fundamentals. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to present an overview of the fundamentals of sport management in professional and intercollegiate sport, as well as issues facing sport organizations and how management techniques can be applied to solve sport business problems. A description of career opportunities in sport will be presented with special interest in helping the student design a course of study that best meets his/her goals. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

RESM 3093. Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport Management. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the basic concepts of inclusive and special recreation and sport services integrated with knowledge and skill sets required to provide accessible recreation and leisure programming for people with disabilities. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Spring)

RESM 3833. Program Planning in Recreation and Sport. 3 Hours.

Development of the fundamentals of program planning using modern techniques of identifying and analyzing program activity areas and community needs. Includes program development and application with a variety of population groups and representative leisure service areas. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Spring)

RESM 3843. Recreation and Sport Facilities. 3 Hours.

Planning concepts, design principles, and maintenance techniques are emphasized. Also, technical design concepts and firsthand experiences in maintenance of facilities are included. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Spring)

RESM 3873. Sport and Recreation Risk Management. 3 Hours.

In-depth look at risk management and related legal issues affecting recreation and sport administration. Pre- or Corequisite: RESM major or RESM minor or by instructor consent. Prerequisite: Junior standing, and RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

RESM 3883. Marketing and Promotion in Recreation and Sport Management. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of the principles and practices of promotions and marketing in the recreation and sport industry. Topics include sport marketing planning, market segmentation and identification of the target market, marketing mix, and sponsorship. Credits: three hours. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better, and ECON 2143 or ECON 2013 and ECON 2023. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

RESM 3901H. Honors Recreation and Sport Management Thesis Tutorial. 1 Hour.

Designed to provide the foundation for the Honors Thesis/Project. Students and faculty tutors work "one-on-one" exploring a specific topic which has been agreed upon by the student and the professor. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy, RESMBS major, and RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

RESM 391V. Special Topics in RESM. 1-3 Hour.

Designed to cover specialized topics not presented in recreation and sport management coursework. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

RESM 4003. Management in Recreation and Sport. 3 Hours.

Management techniques for recreation and sport programs and facilities. Prerequisite: RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

RESM 4013. Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Sport. 3 Hours.

Discussion of selected topics and review of current literature in the recreation and sport field. Analysis of current trends and professional issues are emphasized. Certification at the instructor level or higher in at least 2 areas of expertise must be completed before a grade is assigned in this course. Prerequisite: Senior standing and RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

RESM 4023. Outdoor Adventure Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course considers the values and scope of outdoor recreation programs, leadership and skill development with practical experience in a wilderness environment. The course will include a canoe trip through the wilderness, and skill training in such areas as orienteering and rock climbing; and leadership development in interpersonal and processing skills. The graduate portion of the class is geared toward leading and trip planning for taking college age and older students into remote areas. (Typically offered: Summer)

RESM 405V. Independent Study in Recreation and Sport. 1-3 Hour.

Provides student an opportunity to pursue special study of research problems. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for degree credit.

RESM 4083. Research in Recreation and Sport. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the applied methods and techniques of research and evaluation in recreation and sport services. General consideration given to research applications such as needs assessment, program evaluation, and marketing studies. Emphasis placed on the logic underlying the research process. Prerequisite: Senior standing and RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

RESM 4083H. Honors Research in Recreation and Sport. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the applied methods and techniques of research and evaluation in recreation and sport services. General consideration given to research applications such as needs assessment, program evaluation, and marketing studies. Emphasis placed on the logic underlying the research process. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy and RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to RESM 4083.

RESM 4273. The Intramural Sports Program. 3 Hours.

Historical development, aim and objectives, organization, administration, units of competition, program of activities, schedule making, scoring plans, rules and regulations, awards, and special administrative problems. (Typically offered: Fall Odd Years)

RESM 4283. History and Application of American Sport. 3 Hours.

This survey course will explore the historical development of sport in American culture and the processes of change in American culture and sport from the 15th century to the present. Students will learn how to apply historical concepts to current issues in recreation and sport management. (Typically offered: Irregular)

RESM 440V. Internship. 1-12 Hour.

This experiential based course requires 40 hours per week of work in an approved agency for a full semester. It is recommended that students register for the summer session after completion of their course work. Prerequisite: RESM 3873 and two hours of RESM 2011 with grades of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

RESM 4411. Pre-Internship Preparation. 1 Hour.

Enables student preparation for internship experiences and eventual employment. Course will assist students in preparation of resumes; provide opportunities for interview practice; the development of job search and application skills, as well as other requisites for entering the professional workforce. Prerequisite: Senior standing and RESM 1003 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

RESM 480V. Workshop. 1-3 Hour.

Workshop. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

RESM 498VH. Honors Recreation and Sport Management Thesis/Project. 1-3 Hour.

Designed to provide facilitation of the Honors Thesis/Project. Students and faculty work "one-on-one: to complete the honors thesis/project. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy, RESMBS major, and RESM 3901H. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.