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Recreation and Leisure Studies

College of Health and Human Services

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Department Chair: Maridith Janssen

Department Office: Health and Human Services (HHS) 2 - 118
Telephone: (562) 985-4071

Faculty: Katherine James, Maridith Janssen, Marilyn A. Jensen (Emerita), Carolin Lusby, Susan Mathieu, Kenneth Silverberg

Department Coordinator: Susan McNamara

Graduate Advisor: Carolin Lusby

Career Possibilities

Recreation Leader • Recreation Therapist • Senior Center Director • Recreation Supervisor • Camp Director • Recreation Facility or Club Manager • Park Ranger • Travel Agent • Sporting Goods Sales Representative • Hotel or Resort Manager • Municipal Supervisor • Employee Services Specialist • Social Director • Travel Guide • Volunteer Services Manager • Park Naturalist • Intramural Director • City Manager • Community Services Director (For more information, see


The experience of leisure is a basic facet of life. It is an elemental experience, essential to the total well-being of every person; it is a reflection and expression of the cultural values of a society; it is an important treatment modality. Leisure and recreation services are also essential for healthy communities in terms of social climate, environmental quality, and economic stability. The provision of recreation services is one of the largest industries in the world, whether measured in dollars spent, persons served, hours of time devoted, or resources used. The study of leisure and recreation is a broad discipline, combining aspects of diverse fields of study and professional practice.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies exists to promote a broader and deeper understanding of the role of leisure and recreation in the lives of all people and to enhance the quality of experiences available to each person. This purpose is expressed in the mission and vision of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The mission is: Engagement, Participation and Leadership. The Department’s vision is: To engage students in learning through quality instruction and collaborative communication; To foster student success in academic and professional leadership; To provide opportunities for faculty to be industry leaders through scholarly activity and service; To advance a dynamic curriculum that meets the needs and trends of the profession; To be recognized as a program of study that is recognized for producing outstanding recreational professionals; and, To develop partnerships among faculty, alumni, and the community that provide the foundation for advancing the knowledge of the profession.

The Department is accredited by the Accreditation Council of the National Recreation and Park Association and American Association for Leisure and Recreation (National Recreation and Park Association, Council on Accreditation, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148, phone: 703-858-0784).

Students desiring information on undergraduate or graduate degrees or certificate programs in Therapeutic Recreation, Administration of Campus Recreation and Student Service Programs, Management of Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Administration of Outdoor Recreation Resources, and Administration of Travel and Tourism should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.