Recreation, Sport and Wellness
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Recreation, Sport and Wellness

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Wellness explores the important roles of recreation, sport, adventure and leisure in the human experience. Through a Christian lens you’ll study the societal changes and ethical implications that emerge when quality-of-life issues are challenged. You’ll gain firsthand experience for leadership and programming that will equip you for professional service in a variety of settings.

The faculty prepare you to plan, organize and lead recreation programs in many settings, and challenge you to understand the meaning of leisure in our culture as impacted by sociological, psychological, theological, historical, philosophical and economic influences. You will be encouraged to double major or declare a minor that complements your interests.

The department also has a dynamic internship/cooperative education placement program to help you move from the classroom to the work environment.

Over 90% of recent Recreation, Sport and Wellness graduates are employed in jobs related to the field


The department offers you the opportunity to complete a concentration (or minor for non-majors) in outdoor education. The concentration or minor is completed through participation in Gordon's W.I.L.D. Semester (Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development).  The semester works in partnership with Gordon's nationally recognized Christian adventure program La Vida.

The program teaches:

  • Biblically based philosophy
  • Guidance in servant leadership
  • Outdoor adventure leadership
  • Wilderness expeditionary training

Facilities include:

  • A campus surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods with:
    • A state of the art ropes course
    • Miles of hiking trails
    • Two large ponds for canoeing/kayaking
  • A 74 acre base camp in the Adirondack Mountains (with access to 6 million acres of the Park's wilderness preserve)
  • A newly designed indoor climbing wall in the Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center


Time to pack your bags and books… You can choose among many semester, year, short-term or summer abroad programs around the globe through the Global Education Office (GEO). Tuition for the programs is the same as a regular semester or year on campus. Check out some of the many opportunities:

There are many professional opportunities directly related to leisure and recreational services. Graduates have successfully entered the recreation profession and have progressed in their leadership roles as well as pursued graduate degrees. Possibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Community recreation
  • YMCA
  • After school programs
  • Corporate recreation
  • Resort / commercial recreation
  • Camps
  • Parks Administration
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Recreation for special populations
  • Outdoor adventure programs
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500 Great Program Ideas (PDF)
500 different games, activities and ideas for recreation programming