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Recreation, Sport and Wellness

Don’t just study your major, live it. Get ready to work at your play and play as you work in the recreation, sport and wellness major. You’ll engage in a dynamic curriculum that explores the vital roles of physical culture, sport, recreation, adventure, fitness and well-being in the human experience. Hands-on experiences that include multiple internship and research experiences will equip you to enjoy a wide variety of meaningful career choices.

Why study recreation, sport and wellness at Gordon?

Recreation is more than activity—it’s a way of life. The recreation, sport and wellness major fuses movement science with sociology, philosophy, theology and psychology to help you fully understand your future clients. Through a Christian lens, you’ll explore what it means to enhance quality of life for all—from elite athletes to children to senior adults to individuals with special needs—and will be prepared to help others live a full, balanced, heathy life.

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What careers can I pursue with recreation, sport and wellness?

Many recreation, sport and wellness students pursue graduate programs in recreation or sports management, outdoor or physical education, or therapeutic recreation. Gordon’s interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and professional preparation equips you for a wide range of careers, including:

  • Community recreation
  • Coaching
  • Athletic administration
  • Sport management
  • Outdoor adventure education
  • Wilderness leadership
  • Camp leadership
  • Local and global missions
  • Sport journalism
  • Event planning
  • Tourism and hospitality

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Adam Quinn

Adam Quinn ’12

Director of Recreation & Leisure, Northeast Arc

“Something that I will always appreciate about my Gordon experience is the intentionality of the faculty. Nothing motivates a student more than a professor who sincerely cares about each individual student on a personal level and will do everything in their power to make that student successful." 
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As a recreation, sport and wellness major, you’ll complete a research project and engage in a robust internship program. These practical experiences will enable you to apply what you are learning in the classroom to the work environment. Many students pursue more than one internship at places like Fenway Sports Management, the YMCA, Special Olympics, Summit Adventures and Boston College Football, and they often translate into full-time jobs after graduation. You’ll also have opportunities for real-world experience on campus through Gordon Athletics the Bennett Athletic Center, the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership, and our Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.

Global Opportunities

Expand your global perspectives through study abroad programs.

Related Programs

Add a second major or minor in a related program—such as kinesiology, business administration, psychology, sociology or communication arts—to complement your interests and prepare you well for the work force.


For more information, contact:

Valerie J. Gin
Department Chair
Recreation, Sport and Wellness

978 867 4337

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