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RSW Major Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Recreation and Leisure Studies
Students majoring in recreation and leisure studies are required to complete:

REC115 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
REC216 Recreation Activity Analysis
REC218 Programming and Evaluation in Recreation
REC318 Recreation Leadership
REC330 Play, Games and Sport
REC425 Internship; or a cooperative education field experience
REC471 Research in Recreation and Leisure Studies
REC492 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:
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

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.

Outdoor Education Concentration
Recreation, Sport and Wellness 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.

Recreation, Sport and Wellness W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development) Semester
This outdoor education immersion 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. Through an extended wilderness expedition, a living and learning community, experiential opportunities, and extensive fieldwork involving outdoor adventure activities, students will obtain valuable outdoor skills and leadership experience. The W.I.L.D. Semester fulfills requirements for either a Recreation, Sport and Wellness studies concentration in outdoor education or a minor in outdoor education. Both require an internship placement for completion. 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
OEI243 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

Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder required for completion of concentration.