Recreation, Sport and Wellness
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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 and Leisure
RSW216 Recreation Activity Analysis
RSW218 Programming and Evaluation in Recreation
RSW318 Recreation Leadership
RSW330 Play, Games and Sport
RSW425 Internship; or a cooperative education field experience
RSW471 Research in Recreation and Leisure Studies
RSW492 Leisure 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

With distinctive perspectives, practical opporunities and outstanding classroom instruction, the sport studies concentration uniquely prepares RSW majors for a variety of career experiences.  The concentration takes a liberal arts approach to studying sport through humanities and social science subdisciplines of the field.  Courses include:

RSW271 Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management
Sport Sociology
RSW294 Philosophy and Theories of Coaching
RSW368 Sport Psychology
RSW425 Internship in a Sport-Related Field

Outdoor Education Concentration
RSW majors may 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: REC115, 330, 492.

Minor in Outdoor Education

Non-majors may minor in outdoor education by participating in the Gordon College Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) Semester after completing the application and obtaining approval from the department chair.