Department of Recreation Leadership
Department Chair: Jerry Jex
Department Secretary: Melanie Orr (208) 496-2225
Department Faculty: Kari ArchibaldJerry JexSteve KugathScott Wood

 
Department of Recreation Leadership Mission Statement
The Recreation Leadership Department provides students life enhancing skills and wisdom to make wholesome recreation choices regarding personal and family leisure time. Students receive outstanding leadership training through adventure education. Majors receive professional preparation for many career opportunities. The unique natural resources of the region and the department's experiential teaching philosophy provide students with opportunities for personal growth, enhanced self-esteem, ability to manage risk and the development of strong resource protection and service ethics.
 
Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Recreation Leadership:
The Department of Recreation Leadership offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Leadership. Recreation Leadership Majors will complete 45 credits of the Recreation Leadership Major Requirements and an approved minor in the department of your choice. For example, those interested in Commercial Recreation could complete a minor in Business, offered by the Department of Business Management and those interested in Resource Management could complete a minor in Natural Resources from the Department of Biology. Those interested in Therapeutic Recreation should see their advisor for minor choices.
 
Recreation Leadership Minor
Students with complimentary majors may also complete 25 credits of Recreation Leadership coursework for a Minor in Recreation Leadership. Possible complimentary majors include, but are not limited to: Business Management, Health, Education, Accounting, Biology, Geology, Social Work, Psychology, Family Science, Horticulture, Animal Science, Communications, and Performing Arts.
 
Therapeutic Recreation
Students interested in Therapeutic Recreation should see their advisor to set up their program. Recommended courses for Recreation Leadership Majors with an interest in therapy include: RL370 Therapeutic Recreation, RL471 Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation, RL472 Program Dynamics in Therapeutic Recreation, Bio264 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Bio265 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Psych111 General Psychology, Psych242 Abnormal Psychology, and Psych201 Developmental Psychology Life Span.
 
Career Opportunities
Students graduating from this major will be prepared for entry level management positions (depending on selected minor) in the following areas: commercial recreation -i.e. retail sales, recreation facility management; youth agencies and organizations - i.e. Boy/Girl Scouts, YMCA, summer camp programs; federal agencies - i.e. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Forest Service, Armed Services, Army Corps of Engineers; state & municipal agencies - i.e. state parks, community & municipal recreation, public facilities management, senior citizen centers; and therapeutic recreation - i.e. nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, juvenile detention centers, rehabilitation centers.
 
Summit Expeditions
Students interested in outdoor adventure may register for a summit expedition. Advanced outdoor and leadership skills are included in the summit curriculum. Priority will be given to Recreation Leadership Majors. Prerequisite: RL123 Basic Skills.
Winter Summit: An extended winter backcountry trip into the Teton Mountains during Christmas Break. This trip is split into two parts. First is a two day shakedown trip where students learn the basics of winter shelter construction, food preparation and telemark skiing. The second segment, held in the Tetons, lasts six to eight days where winter skills are utilized. Four credits are available. Contact Scott Wood for more information at woods@byui.edu or call (208)496-2291.
Spring Summit: A four week trip that takes place in the Canyonlands of Southern Utah and in the Teton Mountain Range of Wyoming. Skills taught are mountaineering, mountain biking, river travel, backpacking, canyoneering and desert survival, etc. (enrollment is limited). For more information contact Scott Wood at woods@byui.edu or phone (208)496-2291.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Recreation Leadership (610)   
No double counting of major courses
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements
I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 311, 311C, 311H, 312, 312C, 313, 313C, 314, 315, 315C, 316, 316C
   HIST 300, 300H

II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 221  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 100
       HS 131, 131W
       IS 140

              OR
                 Take this Course
                 PE 177

              AND
                 Take 1 Course
                 PE 100, 101, 102, 110, 115, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 131, 133, 134, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162, 175, 178, 179, 195, 196

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 100, 101, 105, 105H, 106, 106H
       GEOG 101, 101L
       GEOL 101, 102, 103, 103L, 104, 110, 110L, 111, 111L
       PH 101, 101L, 102, 105, 105L, 106, 106L, 115, 116, 121, 127, 127L, 150
       PH.S 100, 100L, 110

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       ECON 111, 111H  

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       SOC 111, 111H  

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses
       RL 123, 200, 304, 307, 320, 343, 483, 486, 487, 497R

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       HS 223
       RL 380

    AND
       Take 4 Credits
       RL 223R, 224R, 225R

    AND

       Take 9 Credits
       B 101, 260
       BIO 210
       GEOG 230, 240
       RL 223R, 224R, 225R, 298R, 342, 370, 423, 424, 471, 472, 497R, 499R



  • Minor in  Recreation Leadership (164)   
    No double counting of minor courses

    Students interested in a minor in Recreation Leadership and Education should complete 25 credits from the following courses:

    Take these Courses   
    RL 123, 200, 304, 307, 320, 343, 486

    AND
    Take 2 Credits   
    RL 223R, 224R, 225R

    AND
    Take 3 Credits   
    B 101, 260
    BIO 210
    GEOG 230, 240
    RL 223R, 224R, 225R, 298R, 342, 370, 380, 423, 424, 483, 499R
     
    Course Descriptions

    RL 123  Basic Outdoor Skills (2:1:2)
    Fee:  $25.00
    Travel Fee:  $25.00
    A beginning level course covering outdoor clothing, equipment, wilderness navigation, outdoor cooking, safety, and minimal impact camping techniques. A prerequisite for all sections of RL223R Land Skills; RL225R Snow Skills; and RL224R Water Skills (except for Fly Tying).
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    RL 200 Recreation Leadership (3:3:0)
    Application of leadership theories and principles to recreation settings.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 223R Outdoor Skills - Land (1-6:2:2)
    Fee:  $VAR
    Travel Fee:  $VAR
    Prerequisite: RL123 required for all land skills classes or instructors permission.
    Skill and leadership development for camping, hiking, survival skills, backpacking, wilderness navigation, rockclimbing and mountain biking. See schedule for topic and number of credits allowed for a specific class.
    (Fall, Summer)
     
    RL 224R Outdoor Skills - Water (1-6:2:2)
    Fee:  $VAR
    Travel Fee:  $VAR
    Prerequisite: RL123 required for all sections of water skills except fly tying.
    Skill and leadership development for one of the following: canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing and fly tying. See class schedule for topic and number of credits allowed for a specific class.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    RL 225R Outdoor Skills - Snow (1-6:2:2)
    Fee:  $VAR
    Travel Fee:  $VAR
    Prerequisite: RL123 required for all snow skill classes or instructors permission.
    Skill and leadership development for winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, backcountry skiing and mountaineering. See class schedule for topic and number of credits allowed for specific section.
    (Winter)
     
    RL 298R Introductory Internship (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Must have completed 12 credits of Recreation Leadership core classes. Student must contact the Internship Director when planning their internship experience.
    An introductory experience in a departmental approved leisure service program.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    RL 304 Leisure in Society (3:3:0)
    Exploration of challenges associated with leisure. Emphasis on leisure values and their relationship to society and the individual.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 307 Accessible Recreation (3:3:0)
    Agencies, programs, theories, and professional opportunities associated with recreation for the disabled. Practical methods emphasized.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 320 Program Management (3:3:0)
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 342 Environmental Interpretation (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $0.00
    Travel Fee:  $10.00
    Techniques useful for outdoor recreation visitor information and education programs and services.
    (Winter every other year)
     
    RL 343 Experiential Education/Adventure Challenge Leadership (3:3:0)
    The design and facilitation of experiential learning activities. Emphasis on leadership and teambuilding.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 370 Therapeutic Recreation (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $0.00
    Travel Fee:  $10.00
    Introduction to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Clinical interventions for individuals with special needs or problems.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 380 Wilderness First Responder (4:2:3)
    Fee:  $200.00
    Prerequisite: Be in good physical condition. Any concerns - please call instructor.
    Recommended for students seeking employment in wilderness environments. National Certification as Wilderness First Responder. Emphasis on accepted medical protocols for situations requiring extended patient management in the wilderness, extreme environments, and with limited equipment.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    RL 423 Recreation Resource Management (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $10.00
    Travel Fee:  $20.00
    Introduction to theory, processes, and techniques for the management of natural resource based recreation activities. Emphasis on site impacts and visitor management.
    (Winter)
     
    RL 424 Commercial Recreation (3:3:0)
    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.
    (Winter, Summer)
     
    RL 471 Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $0.00
    Travel Fee:  $10.00
    Prerequisite: Must have completed RL370 Therapeutic Recreation. Highly recommended prerequisite Math 221 Statistics.
    Patient assessment, treatment plan development, and counseling procedures.
    (rotates between Fall and Winter each year)
     
    RL 472 Program Dynamics in Therapeutic Recreation (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $0.00
    Travel Fee:  $10.00
    Prerequisite: Must have completed RL 370 Therapeutic Recreation.
    This course is designed to provide the Therapeutic Recreation student with practical exposure to a broad range of therapeutic techniques and to assist in gaining clinical skills and competencies needed to plan and implement programs for people with disabilities.
    (rotates between Fall and Winter each year)
     
    RL 483 Recreation Facility Management & Design (3:3:0)
    A broad survey course of recreation facilities, from outdoor environmental learning centers and camps to skate parks to fitness centers to stadiums and arenas. Theories and concepts that apply to the management and design of all types of recreation facilities will be explored.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 486 Legal Aspects and Risk Management of Leisure Services (3:3:0)
    Study of laws affecting recreation services. Professional responsibility for the development of risk management protocols and procedures.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    RL 487 Research and Evaluation (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 221 Statistics to be completed before or concurrently.
    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.
    (Fall)
     
    RL 497R Topics and Research (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Must be a Recreation Leadership Major or Minor.
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    RL 498R Senior Internship (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Senior Internship should be taken after 24 credits of recreation core courses have been completed. Student must contact the Internship Director when planning their internship experience.
    Professional experience in a departmental approved leisure service program. To be completed near the end of degree.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    RL 499R Leadership Seminar (1-3:0:0)
    Fee:  $30.00
    Prerequisite: Must be a Recreation Leadership Major.
    Special intensive exposure to a selected topic in the recreation profession. Study must be approved by department and conducted under the supervision of an assigned department faculty member.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)