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What is recreation management and recreational therapy?

This major has two options. Recreation management is the coordination of leisure activities in public and private settings. Recreational therapy is using prescribed leisure activities for rehabilitation and health interventions.

Why recreation management and recreational therapy at OSU?

Recreation Management: Through experiential learning, students gain practical experience and professional skills. The program has a strong national reputation and produces exceptional graduates. Faculty are leaders in the field.
Recreational Therapy: OSU is the only Oklahoma institution to offer this degree. The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education, attracting quality students across the country.

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Recreation Management

Recreational Therapy


Recreation Management Option

Recreation is a growing field and a multi-billion dollar industry. This option prepares students for careers in management and campus/outdoor recreation as well as the tourism, gaming and entertainment industries. Sample class offerings include:

  • Program Design and Recreation Management Services
  • Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports
  • Leadership in Recreation
  • Outdoor Education

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Recreational Therapy Option

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 As the only program of its kind in Oklahoma, recreational therapy trains students to plan, direct or coordinate treatment interventions for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers or other health care settings. Interventions may include exercise, interpersonal skill development, social skill development, drama, social activities, arts and crafts and other developmental interventions. Students who graduate from this accredited program are eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS) and apply for Medical Licensure in the State of Oklahoma.

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