2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Recreation Management Major: Generalist Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

As the name suggests, the recreation management (RM) generalist emphasis allows students to explore all areas of recreation. Students in the generalist emphasis take the recreation management core curriculum, the they have the choice of:

    a) taking courses in each of the emphasis areas; or,
    b) pursuing a minor in a recreation-related areas such as biology, communications, business, or environmental studies.

Depending on which minor is paired with the recreation management generalist major, students will be ready to pursue a variety of careers such as:

  • Outdoor Educator (RM generalist with a minor in biology)
  • Experiential Education and Group Facilitation Specialist (RM generalist with a minor in communications)
  • Recreation Related Business Manager (RM generalist with a minor in business administration)
  • Environmental/Recreation Policy Advocate (RM Generalist with a minor in environmental studies)

(College of Science and Health)

55 credits (71 total credits including interdisciplinary requirements)

Program Requirements
Core requirements  
REC 150 Foundations of Recreation 3
REC 151 Introduction to Recreation Management 1
REC 301 Leadership and Programming in Recreation 3
REC 306 Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources 3
REC 315 Contemplative Leisure 3
REC 325 Leisure in a Diverse Society 3
REC 340 Evaluation Methods and Practices 3
REC 351 Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession 3
REC 390 Principles of Management in Recreation 3
REC 400 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities 3
REC 402 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations 3
REC 449 Internship/Professional Preparation 1
REC 450 Internship 12
Interdisciplinary requirements  
ACC 221 Accounting Principles I 3
ECO 110 Microeconomics and Public Policy 3
ENG 307 Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions 3
MTH 145 Elementary Statistics 4
MKT 309 Principles of Marketing 3
Total Credits 60

Generalist Emphasis

REC 404Budgeting in the Recreation Enterprise3
or REC 420 Revenue Management in Recreation Enterprises
And one of the following options:
Nine credits taken from at least two of the other emphases areas, with a maximum of six credits per emphasis
Minor or second major of student's choice

Other Requirements

  1. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter the program.
  2. Prior to enrollment in REC 449 Internship/Professional Preparation (1 cr.), majors must complete two 50-hour professional experiences. These are non-class field experiences at recreation management agencies.
  3. Before enrolling in REC 450, all required REC courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better; and the student must have a cumulative UWL GPA of at least 2.50.
  4. In order to graduate, students must have a "C" or better in REC 450.
  5. Students may only complete one emphasis area. Declare the major with emphasis choice in the College of Science and Health Academic Services Office, 205 Graff Main Hall.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for recreation management majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3MTH 145 (Gen Ed Math)4
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3Gen Ed World Hist3
REC 1503ECO 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
REC 1511Gen Ed Arts2
 13 15
Year 2
REC 3013REC 3403
REC 3253Generalist Emphasis Elective23
ACC 2213Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Global Studies3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Elective Degree Credit13
 16 15
Year 3
REC 3063REC 3903
REC 3513MKT 3093
REC 3153Gen Ed Arts2
ENG 3073Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Elective3Gen Ed Elective3
 15 14
Year 4
Generalist Emphasis Elective23REC 45016
Generalist Emphasis Elective23 
REC 4003 
REC 4023 
REC 4043 
REC 4491 
 16 16
Total Credits: 120

Select any credit-bearing course


Students completing the generalist emphasis complete REC 404 or REC 420 and, in consultation with their faculty advisor, complete either of the following two options:

  1. Nine additional REC credits from any emphasis
  2. Any academic minor.
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