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Recreation Management/Recreational Therapy & Leisure Studies

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What is recreation management and recreational therapy?

This major includes two options: recreation management (management of events, parks and other programming) and recreational therapy (allied-health professions, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, health care administration and all diagnostic groupings).

Why recreation management and recreational therapy at OSU?

Recreation Management: This program has a strong local, regional and national reputation in producing highly qualified graduates. Faculty are national leaders in the field.

Recreational Therapy: OSU is the only institution in the state to offer this degree option, attracting quality students across the country.  This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education.

Career Paths

Recreation Management:

  • Military Recreation Director
  • Park and Recreation Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Camp or Youth Program Director
  • Intramural Sports Director
  • Municipal, State and Federal Park Manager
  • Resort/Tourism Manager

Recreational Therapy:

  • Recreational Therapist
  • Pre-Allied Health Professions
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Medical Doctor
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Public School
  • Activities Coordinator



Recreation Management Option

Recreation is a growing field and a multi-billion dollar industry. This option prepares students for careers in management and campus/outdoor recreation as well as the tourism, gaming and entertainment industries. Sample class offerings include:

  • Program Design and Recreation Management Services
  • Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports
  • Leadership in Recreation
  • Outdoor Education

Recreational Therapy Option

As the only program of its kind in Oklahoma, recreational therapy trains students to plan, direct or coordinate treatment interventions for patients in hospitals, nursing homes or other health care settings. Interventions may include exercise, interpersonal skill development, social skill development, drama, social activities, arts and crafts and other developmental interventions. Students who graduate from this accredited program are eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS) and apply for Medical Licensure in the State of Oklahoma.

Internship Sites:

Acadia Health Care: Fayetteville, AR
St. Anthony's Hospital: Edmond, OK
Salem Medical Center: Salem, VA

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