RSW Major Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Recreation, Sport and Wellness
Students majoring in recreation, sport and wellness are required to complete: 

RSW115 Foundations of Recreation, Sport and Wellness
RSW216 Recreation and Sport Skill Analysis
RSW218 Programming and Evaluation in Recreation and Sport
RSW318 Recreation and Sport Leadership
RSW330 Theories of Play, Games and Sport
RSW425 Internship; or a cooperative education field experience
RSW471 Research in Recreation, Sport and Wellness
RSW492 Theories and Cultural Values
PED016 La Vida Wilderness Expeditions (core)
PSY201 Psychological Perspectives (core)
SOC101 Sociological Perspectives (core)
Choose 4 credits of the following elective psychology or sociology courses:
PHI201 Moral Education
PSY243 Social Psychology
SOC211 Cultural Anthropology
SOC220 Marriage and Family
SOC221 Power, Prestige and Poverty
SOC232 Diversity in U.S. Populations
SOC242 Deviance and Social Control
SOC290  Urban Sociology
SOC333 Sociology of Gender
SOC340 Women and World Development
SOC345 American Culture


Sport Studies Concentration 
Students who are passionate about sports can concentrate or declare a minor in Sport Studies. Sport Studies minors have gone on to work for the Boston Red Sox, The Special Olympics and Sports Illustrated. Simply, the sport studies concentration uniquely prepares RSW majors for a variety of career experiences.

Outdoor Education Concentration
Our department provides a unique opportunity to finish their Outdoor Studies minor in four short months with the W.I.L.D. semester. RSW majors may also elect this concentration by participating in the W.I.L.D. Semester and completing an outdoor education experience for their internship (LS425). Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder required for completion of concentration.

W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development) Semester

This outdoor education immersion semester includes an extended wilderness expedition, living in an intentional learning community, and extensive outdoor adventure activities, which provide students with valuable outdoor skills and leadership experience. The semester exposes students to the historical, cultural, spiritual, moral and environmental dimensions of the wilderness and encourages critical thought about issues important to outdoor educators. This program is offered only in the Fall semesters. You can apply online at

Contact Scott Barnett, W.I.L.D. Semester Director with any questions
The W.I.L.D. Semester includes 16 credit hours. The courses are:


OEI241 Foundations of Outdoor Education
Philosophies and Theories of Outdoor Education and Leadership
OEI343 Expeditionary Training (Wilderness Education Association Certification)
OEI370 Culture, Society and Global Perspectives in Outdoor Education
OEI425 Internship

Minor in Recreation, Sport and Wellness
Minors may be arranged to complement a student's major or area of interest. The minor requires 20 credits, including two of the following: RSW 115, 330, 492.