107 Himes Hall, Lock Haven University
A degree in Recreation Management provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers within the field as well as excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. Our core set of courses is designed to help you establish an appreciation and understanding of the value that leisure, recreation, and wellness related services bring to individuals and communities. Our motto, Engaging People, Creating Communities, is indicative of our department's mission. Not only do we want to develop students to become active and involved citizens in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve, but we also prepare them to plan and deliver experiences that engage people and build communities.
We offer four tracks of study within the department: Community and Commercial Recreation, Fitness Management, Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation. Each track of study offers a set of prescribed courses to develop the skills important to each specific content area. Students who specialize in the Community and Commercial track may eventually work as event planners, convention center managers, YMCA or City Parks and Recreation directors, or in tourism and resort related positions. Students who specialize in Fitness Management often go on to work as personal trainers in fitness centers or with corporations. They may work as Strength and Conditioning coaches with high school and university athletic programs. Students who follow the Outdoor Recreation track may pursue a career as a park ranger, an environmental educator, a conservation specialist, a camp director or an outdoor adventure guide. Therapeutic Recreation students typically work with people who are in the midst of major life transitions related to disability or illness. They may work in acute care rehabilitation facilities, mental health hospitals and agencies, facilities that serve individuals with behavioral disorders, and residential facilities for people with disabilities.