BS RLS Generalist

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies program is perfect for transfer students and allows for a customized degree sheet to best fit their individual needs. It also allows students the opportunity to create a multi-discipline plan of study to complete the BS degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. The skills, knowledge and experiences students gain from taking the core classes in the Recreation and Leisure Studies curriculum prepare them for a wide variety of responsibilities including programming, supervising and managing recreation programs and facilities, that enhance the quality of lives, create sound communities, and contribute to the economy.

UMO offers a hands-on active curriculum that brings knowledge in the text book into action. It is appreciated by the visual learner. Students learn what it takes to offer high quality recreation programs and facilities. Two unique hands-on courses are required, field training in the second year and the internship the semester prior to graduation.

Key Program Features

Demonstrate an understanding of research and presentation processes

Develop an understanding and application of the relationship between theory and practice

Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities appropriate for working with people of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of recreation, leisure, clinical, educational, fitness, and sport settings

Program Details

The Generalist works with an advisor to create a plan of study best suited for the academic work already completed and the student’s future career plans. The area of specialization is tailored for the individual student. Classes can come from a wide variety of RLS emphasis areas or from across campus to build a strong competitive skill set. The Generalist can also utilize the flexibility of the degree to position themselves for acceptance into a graduate program.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies generalist can gain experience in and be employed by a wide range of leisure-based agencies: government, religious, nonprofit and for-profit. Graduates will be employed in parks, tourism destinations, camps, outdoor adventure outfitters, recreation facilities, athletic venues, environmental centers, corrections, rehabilitation and private clubs.

UMO Recreation and Leisure studies students have the possibility to earn two separate scholarships during their tenure with the university. The RLS department recognizes annually, The Most Outstanding Senior, and The Most Promising Underclassman. These students are awarded a $500 scholarship to be used towards tuition expenses. Opportunities also exist for students to obtain scholarships and recognition through the state and national recreational therapy professional associations.

More Information

Foundation Course (3SH)

  • PED 141 Introduction to Exercise Science

Core (19SH):

  • RLS 201 Intro to Research & Writing in RLS
  • RLS 230, 231, 232 Field Training
  • RLS 310 History & Philosophy of Rec/Leisure
  • RLS 320 Program Planning & Leadership
  • RLS 400 Research Methods OR CJC/SOC 401 Research Methods for Social Science
  • RLS 420 Management of Recreation & Leisure
  • RLS 430 Senior Seminar

Professional Emphasis (42SH) including specific courses approved by the advisor

RLS 499 Internship

  • Health and Physical Educator, lateral entry candidate
  • Graduate Assistant in related master’s degree programs
  • Environmental Educator
  • Outdoor Adventure Recreation Outfitter
  • Athletic Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Youth Minister
  • Social Director
  • Private Club Manager, Golf Pro, Tennis Pro
  • Meeting, Convention or Event Planner
  • Community Center Director
  • Athletic Superintendent, Supervisor or Director
  • Special Events Supervisor
  • Senior Center Supervisor
  • Aquatics Superintendent
  • Parks Maintenance Supervisor, Manager or Foreman
  • Pool Manager
  • Residential Camp Director
  • Non-profit Manager or Facility Director