Recreation Management

Recreation Management professionals are poised and ready to meet the needs of our fast-paced and stress-filled society. The opportunities for positive renewal afforded to people in recreation today are practically endless. Graduates of the Indiana Wesleyan University Recreation Management program can impact their society by providing their patrons with experiences and opportunities to become renewed, refreshed, rejuvenated, and revitalized.

Through the medium of recreation, the development of the whole person can be enhanced by teaching lifelong skills, emphasizing physical fitness, improving mental strategies, and creating people in our society who are more active. Also, those enjoying recreation can experience proper ways to release emotions and enjoy spiritual growth and renewal.

Recreation Management graduates can accomplish these goals in public and private settings. Employment opportunities can be found at camps, parks, playgrounds, zoos, community centers, and other organizations such as the YMCA.

Students may also choose to minor in Recreation Management as a supplement to another IWU major.

In our changing world and society, properly supervised and programmed recreation have become highly regarded and needed. The IWU Recreation Management program will challenge you to become a poised and confident leader who is able to strengthen society and help build God's kingdom.

This is a great avenue of service to our world and a very rewarding and fulfilling career. We invite you to visit IWU and explore the possibilities this major offers.

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The mission of the Recreation Management major at IWU is to develop socially acceptable uses of leisure time and recreation activities that will positively impact individuals through improved health, better relationships and improved performance in the workplace. In essence, the goal is to improve each community’s quality of life. Recreation Management faculty educate students to become administrators, entrepreneurs, educators, therapists, and coordinators. Both public and private recreation preparation are included in the major.

Therapeutic recreation is an expanding area of expertise utilized in hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health centers. IWU’s program prepares students for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam and for employment in community and clinical settings. This requires five Therapeutic Recreation Services courses as well as specified course work in other subjects.

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Required Activity Courses

Students are also required to choose six activities from the following:


* PHE-122 (Active Recreation Games) can be repeated with a focus on Aquatics (1), Individual Dual Sport Activity (1) or Team Sport Activity (1).

Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) Courses

This program prepares students to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam. Those who successfully complete this exam will become Certified Recreation Therapists. Interested students must major in Recreation Management and also take Anatomy and Physiology I and II. The equivalent of a Psychology minor is also required. Five Therapeutic Recreation Service (TRS) courses are required, of which two are already taken in the Recreation Management major. All other requirements must be completed as outlined by the NCTRC. The certification is awarded by the NCTRC and not the University.





The IWU Recreation Management faculty members are committed to engaging you with a thorough background and history of the recreation field. Current recreation topics and issues are presented throughout the program to help prepare you for entrance into the broad marketplace. The strength of the IWU faculty is in their balance between credentials, academic preparation, and breadth of expertise.

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Melissa Cook; MS, EdD Assoc Prof; Exercise Science View Profile
Andrew T Doyle; MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS Asst Athletic Trainer View Profile
R. Nathaniel Foster; PhD Associate Professor, SOHS View Profile
Michael Fratzke; MEd, EdD Professor; Physical Education | Chair; Div of Health and Human Perf View Profile
Mary Jacobs; MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS Asst Prof; Athletic Training | Head Athletic Trainer View Profile
John Ozmun; MS, PED View Profile
Adam Thompson, PhD, LAT, ATC Professor; Athletic Training | Director; Athletic Training Education View Profile
Aly Williams; MS, Lat, Cscs, PhD Assoc Prof; Exercise Science View Profile
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