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Courses and Learning Outcomes

In addition to Southern’s innovative Liberal Education Program (LEP), students will develop an individualized plan of study, including a combination of core and concentration courses and a minor and/or study abroad experience.

Core Courses

Core courses provide a strong philosophical and historical foundation in leadership, management, diversity, research, programming, and event management. All Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management students take these courses.

Concentration Courses

Child Life Specialist
The Child Life Specialist concentration introduces the history, philosophy, theories, and concepts relating to child life services. The role of child life specialist as a member of the healthcare team is examined. Concepts and theories explored in the Child Life Specialist concentration include:

  • Recognition of the importance and therapeutic value of recreation/play in a hospital setting
  • Effective design of play areas within a hospital setting
  • The effects of hospitalization on children and families
  • Use of recreation and play as a therapeutic modality in a hospital setting
  • The relationship between developmental stages and the play/coping skills of the hospitalized child

Community Recreation & Youth Development
Concentration courses provide skills directly relating to community recreation and youth development on a local and national scale. Classes include:

  • Recreation & Youth Development
  • Advanced Techniques of Program Planning & Management
  • Facility Design & Management
  • Seminar: Commercial Recreation
  • Grantsmanship
  • Community Recreation & Youth Development-Specific Internship - 6 credits

Therapeutic Recreation
Concentration courses provide skills directly relating to community recreation and youth development on a local and national scale. Classes include:

  • Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Individualized Planning
  • Interventions and Facilitation techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services
  • Current Practice in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation

Tourism, Hospitality, & Event Management
Concentration courses provide skills directly relating to tourism, hospitality and event management on a local, national, and global scale. Classes include:

  • Introduction to Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management
  • Travel and Tourism: Principles and Practices
  • Tourism Planning, Marketing, and Promotion
  • Tourism Global Impacts
  • Event Management


Choosing a minor or study abroad experience

Students work with an advisor to choose a minor that complements their area of interest in the tourism industry, and may also choose to participate in a study abroad experience. We believe that the possibility to cultivate a unique and thorough understanding of how traveling enriches the lives of everyone - from the tourist to the host community - is a foundational element of this program. We encourage you to discuss this option with your advisor early on.


Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate an entry level knowledge of: a) the nature & scope of the recreation professional, b) techniques and processes used by professional workers in these industries and, c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.

Students will demonstrate an entry level knowledge of operations and strategic management/administration in recreational services.

Students will demonstrate an entry level knowledge of and ability to, a) apply research and evaluation methods and practices and, b) utilize the results of research and evaluation to improve practice/services.

Students will demonstrate through a practicum experience the potential to succeed as an entry level professional in recreational services.

Students will demonstrate an entry level the ability to design, implement and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.


Click here to view the current Recreation & Leisure Studies courses and degree requirements in the latest Southern undergraduate catalog (2017-2018).