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.

BS Degree Requirements - Parks and Outdoor Recreation - BS concentration - Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources

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Accreditation by COAPRT

Accredited by Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality.

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This career ready Parks and Outdoor Recreation concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations.

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.

Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources with a concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Mason Core Requirements (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) (Students pursuing the Certificate in Environmental Management must take BIOL 213 and either BIOL 303 or BIOL 304)
  • Synthesis/Capstone (12), met by PRLS 490, a program requirement

Professional Sequence (68 credits)

Electives (14 credits)

Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog including the Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness (RECR) courses that promote the health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff.

Total: 120 credits

Many POR students have applied their elective credits toward completion of a George Mason University certificate program as a complement to their major area of study. A certificate can further enhance a student's expertise in specialized areas and may make them even more marketable upon graduation. The certificate is a separate diploma, and is recorded on the student's official academic transcript.