Recreation management is the coordination of leisure activities in public and private
settings. Graduates are prepared for careers in management and operations within the
growing multi-billion-dollar recreation industry.
Why recreation management at OSU?
Through experiential learning, students gain practical experience and professional
skills. Our program has a strong national reputation and produces exceptional graduates
who are taught by expert faculty. Ultimately, we bring wonder, joy, excitement and
adventure to others.
Better understand youth development through community-inspired sport and recreation
initiatives during a study abroad trip as part of our partnership with the Universidad
Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla’s recreation management program.
Laboratory in Leisure Services
Gain hands-on experience with activities in all areas of recreation − sports, wellness
and relaxation, aquatics, dance, outdoor recreation, arts and crafts and games
Recreation Program Planning
Learn the skills needed to plan and implement a community recreation program.
Recreation in a Technologically Advanced Society
Use technology to enhance participant recreation by creating your own recreation game
Introduction to Leisure Services
Facility Design in Leisure Services
Campus Recreation, Intramural and Sport
Students are empowered to apply their learning within their desired recreation through
a required internship completed during the junior and senior year. During the internship,
students gain more than 500 hours of experience in the field and develop and apply
professional skills such as programming, administration, communication and conflict
resolution. From resorts on the beach, to adventure camps in the mountains, to city
recreation services, faculty work with you to find internships geared toward your
“One of the greatest things about my internship was getting to be outside
while enjoying the most beautiful views and working with some of the most wonderful
people. I got to do something I love, while creating lifetime memories for others.”