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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 University Catalog

Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, BS


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Banner Code:  E1-BS-HFRR

College: College of Education and Human Development   
Department: School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism  

This 120-credit degree allows students to specialize in one of three varied concentrations:

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies  section of the catalog. Students should also review the section on Mason Core  requirements.

The Parks and Outdoor Recreation Concentration has been designated a Green Leaf program.  For further information, please go to Green Leaf Programs and Courses .

Internship Application

The internship is a 12-credit capstone course taken at the end of a student’s academic program. Students must have earned 90 credit hours and met the specific prerequisites for their concentration to be eligible for the internship (see PRLS 490 , and SPMT 490 ). The internship is designed to be a capstone experience for each student in his or her specific concentration area.

The internship process begins with a mandatory meeting hosted by the internship coordinator. During the preliminary phase students will develop learning goals and consult with faculty on viable internship sites. Once the internship site has been selected, the student must complete 400 hours of an applied experience in their field of study. Therapeutic Recreation (TR) requires a 560-hour, sixteen consecutive week field placement experience in therapeutic recreation services under a certified therapeutic recreation therapist (CTRS) using the therapeutic recreation process.

Throughout the internship for all programs, the student will be monitored by a site supervisor (CTRS for therapeutic recreation), as well as a university supervisor, to facilitate a meaningful experience. 

Degree Requirements


▲ Concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation (POR)


This concentration within the Recreation Management program explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The Recreation Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates of this career ready program are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete both a supervised practicum and internship in professional settings.

Course Work


Mason Core (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3)
    Must take STAT 250  
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8)
  • Synthesis/Capstone, met by PRLS 490, a program requirement

Electives (14 credits)


Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog including the Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness (RECR) courses that promote health and wellness or a minor.

Total: 120 credits


▲ Concentration in Sport Management (SPMT)


This concentration enhances the professional development of liberal arts-educated students, thereby preparing them to assume entry-level managerial positions in the multi-billion dollar sport industry, including private enterprises, government or public employment sectors, nonprofit or voluntary agencies, and commercial sport ventures. Preparation in sport marketing, sales, finance, ethics, sport communications, economics, law, operations, planning, and program leadership fosters the skills that enhance students’ acquisition and advancement in sport management careers. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to complete two field experiences in sport organizations.

Course Work


Mason Core (37 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3)
    Must take STAT 250  
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (7)
  • Synthesis/Capstone, met by SPMT 490, a program requirement
Guided Electives (9 credits)

Choose 9 credits from the following:

  • SPMT or SRST-prefix courses

Electives (17 credits)


Choose an additional 17 credits from the university catalog.

Total: 120 credits


▲ Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation (TR)


This concentration within Recreation Management program teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Completion of the therapeutic recreation (TR) foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment courses to name a few, as well as an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), prepares graduating seniors to sit for the national exam sponsored by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and become a CTRS. The Recreation Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates find employment in clinical and community settings; senior and adult health care; non-profit organizations; and schools.

Course Work


Mason Core (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3)
    Must take STAT 250  
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
    Must take PSYC 100  
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8)
    Must take BIOL 124  and BIOL 125  
  • Synthesis/Capstone, met by PRLS 490, a program requirement

Electives (11 credits)


Choose an additional 11 credits from the university catalog including Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness Courses (RECR) that promote health and wellness,  ATEP 201 , or a minor in Psychology.

Total: 120 credits


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