Recreation and Sports Management

Recreation and Sports Management

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Students in the recreation and sports management major learn how to bridge the fields of sports, recreation and business to have an impact in a fast-growing economic segment of a society eager to balance work and life. Your courses will teach you business, sales, marketing skills, health and safety standards and public relations techniques. We'll train you to understand the personal and social dynamics of leisure and recreation. You'll gain organization, administration and management skills to use in park and recreation departments, professional sports organizations, fitness programs, recreation and aquatic facilities, golf courses, resorts and fitness centers and camps.

Program Highlights

  • Study, work and play in Halenbeck Hall, a facility that accommodates instruction, research, athletics, and recreational activities.
  • Faculty who have distinguished themselves with performance and equipment research for Olympic teams
  • Student organizations and recreation clubs provide leadership and community interaction opportunities.
  • Home to the Earth Day Run half Marathon, a recreational activity that draws thousands to the campus annually.

Program Distinctions

  • Human Performance Lab that does corporate research and athlete testing and operates community education and adult fitness programs.
  • Professor Sue Tarr, president of MN Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, was selected as 2014-2015 Central District Scholar of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
  • Notable alumna: Tina Gust '97 is vice president of Minor League Baseball.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 24 campus sports clubs
  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • 19 teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)
  • 1,100+ international students
  • Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035
  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Health Club Manager
  • Sports Team Manager
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Sports Information Services
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports/Equipment Sales

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