School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Recreation Management

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Recreation Management programs play a major role in promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment.

The nationally-accredited curriculum in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and advanced education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students interested in the field of Recreation Management can pursue the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, with a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation.

Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Our graduates are prepared to make a real difference - informing policy, promoting economic development, advocating stewardship of natural resources, encouraging inclusive community service and lifelong recreation participation, and working to enhance the quality of life of all individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels.

BS in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources —
Therapeutic Recreation (TR)

wheelchair basketball playersTherapeutic Recreation graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings. Fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities abound in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington (DC) metropolitan area, and across the United States.

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Parks and Outdoor Recreation (POR)

hiker in the woodsParks and Outdoor Recreation graduates plan and implement community recreation and sport programs, services, and events; lead outdoor adventure activities; teach about the environment using experiential learning techniques; and manage natural and cultural resources and their recreational uses. Fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities abound in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington (DC) metropolitan area.

Minor in Recreation Management (RMGT)

outdoor sceneThe PRLS minor is an excellent complement to a Mason bachelor's degree program or major, and assists students in furthering their education and career goals. Students are required to complete 18 credits in parks, recreation, and leisure studies courses, including a practicum field experience. This minor is available to all Mason students (including those studying Information Technology and Engineering, Health and Human Services, Environmental Science and Policy, Psychology, Management), with the exception of RHT students in any one of the HFRR degree programs. More Minor Information

Accreditation

This career ready concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in leadership and administration, natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings.   As a nationally-accredited program, our graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in a wide range of professional careers, and to qualify for application as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

 

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading…” 

— Thomas Jefferson