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Recreation and Leisure Studies


Beginning in fall 2017, the University of Mount Olive at Research Triangle Park will offer the Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies. This program is perfect for those who are already in the field and need a degree to move up into a management level position, or those interested in community parks and recreation, working for a nonprofit, and event planning. A broad range of classes allows you to decide and develop a variety of skills!

The majority of classes are seated, but there are a few required online courses. Students will have 30 semester hours they can personalize with either online or seated classes that best fit their career goals, from leadership and marketing to outdoor recreation. The classes enable students to adapt the degree to their interests and abilities.

Within the program, students will have the opportunity to be actively engaged with other students and their community through hands-on learning activities in addition to one-on-one faculty interaction within the classroom. Students will gain their first practical experience in the program with a hands-on field training early in the program. During the last semester, students will experience a semester-long internship working in the recreation field.

The program is very transfer friendly, as students with college credit may transfer in up to 64 hours from a two year school or 94 hours from a four year school. The degree also prepares graduates for related professional certifications and licensure. The University of Mount Olive recognizes that learning also takes place in settings other than the traditional classroom. Such experiences may be evaluated for possible academic credit to be applied as Experiential Learning Credit (ELC). Any credit awarded for experiential learning will apply to general electives, related studies, and by exception with the appropriate Dean’s written approval, may apply to the general education requirement. Application for the ELC credit must be made to the Division Chair in the student’s first semester.


The Recreation and Leisure Studies faculty includes individuals who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in their chosen field. Each has earned advanced degrees and professional certifications and has worked in their area of expertise. Professors bring real-life practical application, current events and problem solving, as well as current academic research, into the classroom offering a creative hands-on approach to learning though active participation. The faculty are always willing to help you, and enthusiastic about the recreation and leisure studies field!

To learn more about our faculty, click here!