Recreation Management

The Recreation Management tract in the Recreation Major at Chicago State University provides students with the additional abilities to administer or manage in the recreation field. Having additional business courses allows a greater level of marketability among graduates in this business-oriented society.

The organizations that employ recreation professionals are highly diversified. Combined these organizations meet every type of leisure need or interest for the public including people with special needs and special interest groups. The Recreation Management emphasis area prepares graduates for leadership, programming and supervisory positions in:

  • Municipal and county park recreation departments
  • Camps and camping programs
  • Non-profit organizations (YMCAs/YWCAs, Boys Clubs, Girl Clubs, etc.)
  • Corporate recreation departments
  • Commercial recreation providers
  • Fitness and health facilities
  • Campus recreation
  • Resorts and resort communities
  • Military recreation departments
  • Other youth and community agencies
University Core Requirements: (36-42 hours)
Composition (6 hours)
ENG 1230/12703 cr.Writers’ Workshop I or Composition I
ENG 12803 cr.Composition II
Foreign Language (6 hours): In Sequence
Math (3 hours)
Math3 cr. 
Physical and Life Science (6 hours)
(Must take one laboratory course)
BIOL 10803 cr.Biol. Sc. Survey II
Ph S 1080*3 cr.Critical thinking about Technology
Critical Thinking (3 hours)
*Ph S 1080 also fills this requirement
Social Sciences (9 hours)
SOC 10103 cr.Intro. to Sociology
POL 10103 cr.American National Government
PSYC 11003 cr.Intro. to Psychology
Humanities (6 hours)
CMAT 1130 or 20303 cr.Basic Speech Comm. or Comm. for Professionals
Fine Art Elective3 cr. 
Diversity (3 hours)
Core Requirements (46 hours)
PE/REC 19001 cr.Seminar in Physical Education
REC 10003 cr.Intro. to Leisure Studies
REC 20003 cr.Program Planning for Leisure Studies
REC 20103 cr.Philosophy of Leisure & Recreation
ED 4312 (REC 2070)3 cr.Tech. for PE & Rec. Prof.
REC 22003 cr.Leadership & Supervision in Leisure & Recreation
REC 23003 cr.Outdoor Rec. & Team Build.
REC 25803 cr.Leisure Programming for Adults in Later Life
REC 40003 cr.Facility Mgt. & Design
REC 42403 cr.Mgt. of Leisure Service Delivery Systems
REC 43003 cr.Overview of TR Services
REC 45003 cr.Program Evaluation & Research in Leis. & Rec.
REC 45403 cr.Seminar & Methodology in Recreation
REC 47509 cr.Internship
Supportive Courses (10 hours)
HS 15702 cr.First Aid
PE 21402 cr.Movement Concepts & Dance
REC/PE 23602 cr.Aquatics for PE & Recreation
PE 23802 cr.Lifetime Sports
PE 23902 cr.Team Sports
Directed Electives (12-14 hours)
(6 credits must be from the following: ACCT 2110, 2111, ECON 1010, 1020, MGMT 1030, 3010, or MKTG 3110, MKTG 3820)
Recreation Management Specialty (10-13 hours)
(Any REC., PE, or HPER courses)
REC 4100 or REC 44003 cr.Commercial or Community Recreation

Please note the following guidelines:

  • A grade of C or above is required in all recreation courses and supportive courses, either as transfer credit or completed at CSU.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at CSU with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

For more information contact:

Dr. June N. Price-Shingles
Director of Recreation Program
Chicago State University
Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies and Recreation
JDC #216
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773.995.3779