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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services

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Department Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services
College Allied Health & Nursing
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS
Program Description Since the mid-1800s, professionals have been hired to provide recreational experiences in order for people to live healthier and happier lives. Today, we refer to these occupations as the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Profession. The RPLS profession is involved in a wide variety of settings, serving a diversified population. The following is only a partial list of the many occupations available if you choose a career in RPLS.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in a hospital or a rehabilitation center
  • Park Naturalist and Park Ranger in city, state or national parks and forests
  • Director of Recreation and Parks for a city or county
  • Cruise Activity Director
  • Swimming Pool Manager
  • Park Designer
  • Youth/Sports Director for YMCA, YWCA, Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Camp Director for church or youth agency camps
  • Activity Director at a long term care facility
  • Program Director for a senior citizens center
  • Program Director for youth, outdoor sports and single sailor/solider programs on military bases world-wide.
  • Inclusion Specialist for a city parks and recreation department
  • Special Events Coordinator for a city recreation and parks department
  • Manager of a golf course, bowling alley or ice rink
  • Resort Manager
  • Executive Director, Boy Scouts of America
  • Recreation Specialist in a treatment center
  • Youth Development Specialist
  • Director of Youth Ministries
  • Adult Programs Coordinator for a Community Education Department
  • Events Specialist for a Chamber of Commerce
  • Intramural Sports Manager or Student Union Director
  • Recreation Specialist in a correctional facility
Admission Requirements Admission to Major is granted by the department.
Minimum admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • must have an advisor in the department
  • completion of the Application for Admission to the department
  • to stay in good standing, you also need at least a "C" grade in each RPLS course
Other Requirements Majors choose one of three areas of study: Leisure Planning and Management, Resource Management and Therapeutic Recreation. The classes are structured to offer you both the knowledge and the skill to assume a mid-management level position upon graduation. Classes often allow you opportunities to become actively involved in your chosen career through participation in volunteer experiences, planning of special projects such as special events and fund-raisers, and attendance at state and national conferences and workshops.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information College of Allied Health and Nursing
Department of Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services
213 Highland Center North
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2127
College Advising Allied Health Advising
Shirley Murray, Student Relations Coordinator
124 Myers Fieldhouse

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