Department of Recreation Leadership and Education

Kari S. Archibald, Department Chair
Jerald L. Jex, Steven Kugath, Scott F. Wood
Colleen Masterson, Secretary (208) 356-2225

The Department of Recreation Leadership and Education offers a Bachelor Degree designed to prepare graduates for careers in Commercial Recreation, Recreation Resource Management, and general training with individualized emphasis areas. Recreation Leadership and Education majors will complete 45 credits of core courses and 21 credits in a selected minor. Commercial Recreation emphasis majors will complete a business minor and Recreation Resource emphasis majors will complete a natural resource minor. Recreation is highly interdisciplinary and students with special areas of interest, that are compatible with the field, may, with the approval of the department, design an individualized minor to meet their personal career interests.

Students with complimentary majors may also complete 20 credits of recreation core courses for a minor in Recreation Leadership and Education. Possible complimentary majors include: Business Management, Health, Education, Physical Education, Biology, Geology, Social Work, Psychology, Family Science, Horticulture, Animal Science, Communications, and Performing Arts.

Students interested in learning adventure/challenge leadership skills to enhance their major may choose to complete a 6-credit leadership unit.

Summit Expeditions

Opportunities for students to learn outdoor leadership and skills will be offered through Summit expeditions. Students will learn these skills during an extended backcountry experience. Current Summit offerings include a Winter Summit during Christmas Break and a Spring Summit during the first half of the summer trimester. Enrollment is limited and students are selected through an application process.

Program Requirements

Major Core Courses

RLE 189  Careers in Recreation          1
RLE 200  Recreation Leadership          3
RLE 304  Leisure in Society             3
RLE 307  Accessible Recreation          3
RLE 320  Program Management             3
RLE 343 Experiential Education          3
RLE 380  Wilderness First Responder     3
RLE 483  Facility Management            3
RLE 486  Legal Aspects and 
         Risk Management of 
         Leisure Services               3
RLE 487  Research and Evaluation        3
RLE 496R Internship                     8
And six credits from any of the following
RLE 223R  Outdoor Skills-Land
RLE 224R  Outdoor Skills-Water      
RLE 225R  Outdoor Skills-Snow       
Total core credits       42
Major Emphasis Course (Select one for appropriate minor)
RLE 497 Commercial Recreation          3
RLE 423 Recreation Resource Management 3
Total Recreation Leadership Credits   45

Suggested Minor Courses for Commercial Recreation Emphasis
B 101  Introduction to Business        3
B 201  Finance–Minors                  3
B 247  Marketing-Minors                3
B 270 Human Resource Mgmt-Minors       3
B 283  Entrepreneurial Skills-Minors   3
Econ 112  Micro Economics              3
IS 140 Micro Computer Applications     3
Total Commercial Recreation 
      Minor Courses                   21            
Suggested Minor Courses for Recreation Resource Management Emphasis
RLE 342 Environmental 
    Interpretation/Public Relations    3
BIO 208 General Botany                 4
BIO  351 Wildlife Management and Lab   4
BIO 284 Ecology and Lab                4
BIO 452 Wildland Ecology and Habitat   3
Geog 230 Introduction to Geographic 
     Information Systems               3
Or
Geog 240 Maps and Remote Sensing       3
Total Recreation Resource                     
         Management Courses           21
Students interested in Therapeutic Recreation should plan on transferring to a school with a certified recreation therapist faculty member for the last two semesters. Recommended courses for Recreation Leadership Majors with an interest in therapy include:
RLE 370 Therapeutic Recreation         3
BIO 264 Human Anatomy 
    and Physiology I                   4
BIO 265  Human Anatomy 
    and Physiology II                  4
Psych 111  General Psych               3
Psych 242  Abnormal Psych              3
Students interested in a minor in Recreation Leadership and Education should complete 20 credits from the following courses:
RLE 200 Recreation Leadership          3
OR
RLE 343 Experiential Education 
    Adventure Challenge Leadership     3  

2 Credits from Outdoor Skills
RLE 223R Outdoor Skills–Land 
RLE 224R Outdoor Skills–Water  
RLE 225R Outdoor Skills–Snow

Take all of the following:
RLE 304 Leisure in Society             3
RLE 307 Accessible Recreation          3
RLE 320 Program Planning 
    and Management                     3
RLE 486 Legal Aspects and Risk
    Management of Leisure Services     3
RLE 487 Research and Evaluation        3
Total Recreation Leadership 
      and Education Minor Courses     20
Course Descriptions

RLE 189 Careers in Recreation 1
Field Trips Required
Introduction to career opportunities in Recreation.

RLE 200 Recreation Leadership 3
Application of leadership theories and principles to recreation settings.

RLE 223R Outdoor Skills – Land 1-6
Field Trips Required
Travel/Equipment Fee $80
Skill and leadership development for camping, hiking, survival skills, backpacking, wilderness navigation, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

RLE 224R Outdoor Skills – Water 1-6
Field Trips Required
Travel/Equipment Fee $80
Skill and leadership development for canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and fly tying.

RLE 225R Outdoor Skills – Snow 1-6
Field Trips Required
Travel/Equipment Fee $80
Skill and leadership development for winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, and mountaineering.

RLE 304 Leisure in Society 3
Challenges associated with leisure. Emphasis on leisure values and their relationship to society and the individual.

RLE 307 Accessible Recreation 3
Agencies, programs, theories, and professional opportunities associated with recreation for the disabled. Practical methods emphasized.

RLE 320 Program Planning and Management 3
Organization and administrative skills necessary for the planning and development of recreation programs in commercial, public, and non-profit settings. Theoretical concepts with a practical application emphasis.

RLE 342 Environmental Interpretation 3
Field Trips Required
Travel/Equipment Fee $10
Techniques useful for outdoor recreation visitor information and education programs and services.

RLE 343 Experiential Education/ Adventure Challenge Leadership 3
Field Trips Required
The design and facilitation of experiential learning activities. Emphasis on leadership and teambuilding.

RLE 370 Therapeutic Recreation 3
Recreation program clinical interventions for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Assessment and treatment planning.

RLE 380 Wilderness First Responder 3
Field Trips Required
Travel/Equipment Fee $60
National certification for wilderness first aid skills. Emphasis on accepted protocols for situations requiring extended patient management, extreme environments, and limited equipment.

RLE 423 Recreation Resources Management 3
Field Trips Required
Travel/Equipment Fee $30
Introduction to theory, processes, and techniques for the management of natural resource based recreation activities. Emphasis on site impacts and visitor management.

RLE 483 Outdoor Recreation Facility Management 3
Field Trips Required
Administration of camp and other outdoor recreation settings. Site selection, development, maintenance, food service management, staff selection, training and supervision.

RLE 486 Legal Aspects and Risk Management of Leisure Services 3
Study of federal, state, and local legislation affecting recreation services. Professional responsibility for the development of risk management protocols and procedures.

RLE 487 Research and Evaluation 3
Empirical research methods used in leisure service delivery programs. The selection and application of appropriate research methods. How to design, collect, analyze, interpret, and report information for needs assessment and program evaluation. Review of pertinent research literature.

RLE 496R Internship 1-8
Professional experience in a departmental approved leisure services program.

RLE 497 Commercial Recreation 3
Field Trips Required Travel/Equipment Fee $30
Introduction to the commercial recreation industry and career opportunities. Theme parks, convention centers, special event management, travel and tourism, outfitting and guiding, resort management, lodging and food, and support industries such as equipment sales, etc. will be covered.

RLE 497R Topics and Research 1-3
Independent study of a leisure issue or problem. Study must be approved by department and conducted under the supervision of an assigned department faculty member.

RLE 499R Leadership Seminar 1-3
Special intensive exposure to a selected topic in the recreation profession.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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