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AAS - Recreation Management

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the recreation field and provides the first half of a four year undergraduate program of study in Recreation Management and/or Leadership. The program focuses on the positive application of play, recreation, and leisure across the life span. Along with required general education courses, the program includes foundational and practical experience in the programming and delivery of recreational services and the development of communication, group facilitation, management, leadership and technical skills.
Major Code: 3053
Award: AAS
First Term: 4114
Total Credits: 60-68
Last Updated: Jun 27th, 2013
Required Courses: 32-38
BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) 3
COM100 Introduction to Human Communications (3) OR
COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) 3
HES154 First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (3) OR
REC240 Wilderness First Responder (3) 3
MGT101 Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT126 Customer Service Skills and Strategies (3) OR
MGT175 Business Organization and Management(3) 3
REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life 3
REC150AB Outdoor Adventure Skills 3
REC210 Leisure Delivery Systems 3
REC230 Programming of Recreation Services (3) OR
HRM145 Events Management (3) 3
REC250 Recreation Leadership 3
REC282AA Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience (1) OR
REC282AB Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience (2) OR
REC282AC Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience (3) 1-3
Physical/Recreational Activities 4-8
Students must select four (4) different activities from the following list:
REC155++ Any recreational activity modules not used to satisfy other required courses
PED+++++ Any physical education activity modules
Restricted Electives: 6 Credits
AIS113 Proposal Writing 3
ARH145 History of American Indian Art 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
COM281 Communication Activities 1
CPD102AS Conflict Resolution 2
CPD103BL Dynamics of Leadership (2) OR
LDR101 Emerging Leaders I (2) 2
EXS265++ Theory of Coaching 3
GBS120 Workplace Communication Skills 3
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3
GCU221 Arizona Geography 3
HES100 Healthful Living 3
HIS105 Arizona History 3
HIS106 Southwest History 3
HRM110 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics 3
Free Electives: None
General Education: 22-24 Credits
General Education Core: 12-14 Credits
First-Year Composition: 6 Credits
Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area
Critical Reading: 3 Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment.
Oral Communication: None
Met by COM100 or COM110 in the Required Courses area
Mathematics: 3-5 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education Distributed: 10 Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural Sciences: 4 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Program Competencies:
  1. Use computer software and hardware to perform basic computer operations and applications. (BPC110, CIS105)
  2. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in public, small group and interpersonal settings. (COM100, COM110)
  3. Apply first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in appropriate situations. (HES154, REC240)
  4. Explain and demonstrate the basics of supervision in an organizational environment including planning, organizing, staffing, motivating and controlling. (MGT101, MGT126, MGT175)
  5. Describe the conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure through out the human life span. (REC120, REC160)
  6. Identify and describe career opportunities in the field of recreation and leisure. (REC120, REC160)
  7. Explain the “Leave No Trace” philosophy and practice it on all outdoor adventures. (REC150AB)
  8. Describe the major factors involved in the delivery of leisure services in the private, commercial and independent sectors of a community. (REC210)
  9. Describe ethical principles and professional practices, attitudes and behaviors required of workers in the delivery of leisure and recreation services. (REC210)
  10. Describe and apply various operational strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating a recreational event or program. (HRM145, REC230)
  11. Demonstrate group facilitation and leadership skills necessary for leading groups in various recreational activities, including working with differently-abled individuals. (REC250)
  12. Apply academic studies to a recreation-based service learning project. (REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC)
  13. Demonstrate the technical skills necessary to participate safely in recreational activities in a variety of environments. (PED+++++, REC155++)
  14. Explain and utilize effective customer service attitudes and skills in the planning and delivery of recreational services. (MGT101, MGT126, MGT175)