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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.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Recreation Management (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3053
Total Credits Required
60-75
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Facilitate recreation using the conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure throughout the human lifespan.
  2. Compare and contrast the major factors involved in the delivery of leisure services in government, commercial, and nonprofit sectors.
  3. Incorporate principles of experiential learning in the design and application of recreation services.
  4. Apply safety guidelines and procedures associated with recreational services.
  5. Analyze career opportunities in the field of recreation and leisure.
  6. Demonstrate the basics of supervision including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and evaluating.
  7. Apply various operational strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating a recreational event or program.
  8. Lead and facilitate diverse groups using the theoretical frameworks, skills and attributes characteristic of recreation management.
  9. Demonstrate effective communication skills in diverse public and interpersonal settings.
  10. Utilize effective customer service in the planning and delivery of recreational services.
  11. Apply ethical and legal principles, protocols, and practice in the delivery of leisure and recreation services.
  12. Critically assess problems and make sound decisions using the theoretical foundation and analytical tools associated with recreation.
  13. Demonstrate the technical skills necessary for the safe participation in recreational activities in a variety of environments.
  14. Develop, manage, and evaluate budgets related to recreational programs.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

None

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MA Mathematics Critical course Recommended for students transferring to a university: MAT140 OR MAT141 OR MAT142 OR MAT145 OR MAT146. MA 3–6
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC210 Leisure Delivery Systems 3
REC150AB Outdoor Adventure Skills 3
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 0–3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC230 or
HRM145
Programming of Recreation Services or Events Management 3
HES154 or
REC240
First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or Wilderness First Responder 3
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2
MGT101 or
MGT251
Techniques of Supervision or Human Relations in Business 3
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC250 Recreation Leadership 3
REC282AA or
REC282AB or
REC282AC
Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience or Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience or Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience 1–3
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU: AJS101 OR AJS225 OR AJS270 OR PAD200 OR SWU171 SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Free Electives: 

Students must choose 0-4 additional credits of general elective courses.
Recommend the following for students desiring to complete the AGEC-A and/or to transfer:
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area. 4
Note: If student completes an SG to satisfy the AAS Natural Science Requirement, an SQ must be completed to earn the AGEC-A.

Restricted Electives: 

Students must select 6-9 credits from the following  courses to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice SB 3
ARH100 Introduction to Art HU 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
DAH101 Introduction to Dance Through History 3
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature HU 3
EXS265++ Any EXS Theory of Coaching course 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
EDU/HUM/STO292 The Art of Storytelling C, HU 3
PAD100 21st Century Public Policy and Service 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities G, HU, SB 3
SWU171 Introduction to Social Work H, SB 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC210 Leisure Delivery Systems 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC230 or
HRM145
Programming of Recreation Services or Events Management 3
MA Mathematics Critical course Recommended for students transferring to a university: MAT140 OR MAT141 OR MAT142 OR MAT145 OR MAT146. MA 3–6
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC150AB Outdoor Adventure Skills 3
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications 3
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT101 or
MGT251
Techniques of Supervision or Human Relations in Business 3
COM225 Public Speaking Course meets General Education Oral Communication area L 3
REC155++ or
PED+++
Any recreational activity course(s) not used to satisfy other credits in Required course area or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 1–2

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC155++ or
PED+++
REC155++ or Any physical education activity course(s) Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities. 2
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HES154 or
REC240
First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or Wilderness First Responder 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU: AJS101 OR AJS225 OR AJS270 OR PAD200 OR SWU171 SB 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REC250 Recreation Leadership 3
REC282AA or
REC282AB or
REC282AC
Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience or Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience or Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience 1–3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Free Electives: 

Students must choose 0-4 additional credits of general elective courses.
Recommend the following for students desiring to complete the AGEC-A and/or to transfer:
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area. 4
Note: If student completes an SG to satisfy the AAS Natural Science Requirement, an SQ must be completed to earn the AGEC-A.

Restricted Electives: 

Students must select 6-9 credits from the following  courses to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice SB 3
ARH100 Introduction to Art HU 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
DAH101 Introduction to Dance Through History 3
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature HU 3
EXS265++ Any EXS Theory of Coaching course 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
EDU/HUM/STO292 The Art of Storytelling C, HU 3
PAD100 21st Century Public Policy and Service 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities G, HU, SB 3
SWU171 Introduction to Social Work H, SB 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Recreation Management (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=133578).


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