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.
COURSE OF STUDY
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:
THE GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
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:
WHERE GRADS GO
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:
Wired 4 Sport
Are you wired for sport? A website for like-minded Christians in sport and recreation.
Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association
Uniting those in Massachusetts who work in the Parks and Recreation field
National Recreation and Parks Association
The national organization for professionals in the Rec and Leisure field.
Wilderness Education Association
Offers a national standards curriculum focusing on teaching and training of wilderness leaders.
500 Great Program Ideas (PDF)
500 different games, activities and ideas for recreation programming