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Sounds simple enough, right? Your pleasure is someone else's leisure. You provide diversion for other people, maybe by leading a game of volleyball, or officiating at a soccer game.

Oh, if only life, and this major, were that simple.

Recreation Management, while it of course involves the study of recreation, also trains you to look at the business and structure of the recreation industry, from national parks to amusement parks, from forests to sport fishing. It is a combination of business and social science, where you have the opportunity to take courses like the psychology of sports alongside microeconomics and accounting.

With the continuous demand for a break from hectic lives, Recreation Management majors could find it relatively easy to land a job in this lucrative industry. As more people explore national parks or vacation at posh resorts, you will find yourself poised to provide top-notch recreational options with the business and managerial skills necessary to making whatever activity you’re selling a financially worthwhile endeavor.


  • Business Law

  • Business Organization

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Financial Accounting

  • History and Philosophy of Recreation

  • Information Process

  • Leisure Activities

  • Marketing

  • Outdoor Recreation I and II

  • Park and Recreation Facilities Operations

  • Recreation and Leisure Exploration

  • Recreation Safety and First Aid

  • Recreation Services for Special Populations

  • Recreational Programs and Leadership

  • Recreational Sports Methods


Experience playing sports might be helpful, but don’t forget that you will also need strong math skills as well as solid footing in the humanities. Take statistics, calculus, and any business courses your school might offer. Take some challenging English classes as well.