Department of Leisure Studies

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Thomas R. Kettelkamp | Marcus W. Dean, Associate Dean


Major: This major in recreation provides three option areas: Environmental Recreation/Camp Administration, Equestrian Option - Performance Track, and Equestrian Option - Management Track.

For a minor in Equestrian Studies, see Equestrian Studies link below.

ALL equestrian courses have fees. EQST 113 and EQST 114 have a single fee; others have double fees.

Andrea N. Boon Thomas R. Kettelkamp Robert B. Smalley Jo-Anne O. Young
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EQST 113 Horsemanship I


Fundamental skills in hunt seat, dressage, and/or western riding, according to student background or interest. Riding portion of grade based on mastery of basic skills. One riding lab per week; written final. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

EQST 114 Horsemanship II


Building upon fundamental skills and expanding knowledge of hunt seat, dressage, and/or western riding, according to the student's background or interest. Riding portion of grade based on mastery of basic skills. One riding lab per week; written final. Prerequisite: EQST 113 or permission. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

EQST 223 Foundations of Equestrian Studies (Activity Lab)


Principles of horse management, stable design, equestrian competition, and recreation management.

EQST 224 CHA Riding Instructor Certification


Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) curriculum: CHA clinic and horsemanship teaching certification. Teaching and equitation skills in ring and trail riding of hunt and stock seat. Horsemanship teaching practicum. Prerequisite: courses listed below or permission.

Prerequisite Courses: EQST 223 , EQST 114

EQST 230 Basic Western Riding


Philosophy and techniques of western riding needed for ranch work, and basic western competitions. Prerequisite: EQST 113 or permission.

EQST 235 CHA Instructor of Riders with Disabilities Certification


Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) curriculum: CHA clinic and instructor of riders with disabilities (cognitive and physical) certification. Prerequisite: EQST 224 or permission.

EQST 240 Teaching Riding in Bolivia


Combines teaching with intercultural experience in a missions outreach setting. Students will teach riding in Club Hipico in and around the city of Santa Cruz and at Monte Blanco Christian Camp and Conference Center. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not essential. Prerequisite: EQST 224 or permission.

EQST 276 Dressage


Philosophical and physiological building blocks of dressage, leading to mastery of Training Level and introduction to First Level dressage; lays the necessary foundation for effective horsemanship in all higher level disciplines. Prerequisite: EQST 114 or permission. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

EQST 295, 395, 495 Special Topics

2 or 3-WSP

Courses may be taught relative to special topics in horsemanship, such as riding for the disabled, CHA trail guide certification, CHA instructor of riders with disabilities certification, western reining, etc.

EQST 323 Eventing


History and philosophy of the sport of eventing, current rules, and riding techniques (three-phase horse trials; includes fundamentals of dressage, cross-country galloping and jumping, stadium jumping techniques). Prerequisites:courses listed below or permission. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

Prerequisite Courses: EQST 276, EQST 325

EQST 324 Principles of Training


Foundations of training the young horse and re-training the problem horse. Students work with the actual training of a young horse, utilizing classical principles, philosophy, methodology. Prerequisite: EQST 276 or permission.

EQST 325 Horsemanship: Jumping I


Fundamentals of basic jumping position and introduction to correctly navigating a course. Philosophy of the hunt seat system of riding. Prerequisite: EQST 114 or permission. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

EQST 326 Horsemanship: Jumping II


Building skills, refining techniques, and expanding technical knowledge learned in EQST 325. Prerequisite: EQST 325 or permission.

EQST 327 Mini-Prix Jumping Equitation


Riding jumper seat equitation and showing hunters and jumpers; learning principles, practices, and philosophy of course design for the various classes and competitions for jumpers. Prerequisite: EQST 326 or permission.

EQST 328 Horse Show Judging


Lectures and field trips incorporating judging assignments for learners; understanding the duties of the judge; using good judging to educate riders. Prerequisites: courses listed below or permission.

Prerequisite Courses: EQST 276, EQST 325

EQST 334 Competition Dressage


Builds on foundation laid in EQST 276 and guides students into the next two levels towards FEI. Prerequisite: EQST 276 or permission.

EQST 337 Adventure Trails Riding and Guiding


Students build skills and knowledge researching potential trail riding sites, training horses for trail riding, and guiding clients on trail rides. Involves multiple off campus field trips. Prerequisite: EQST 114 or permission.

EQST 421 Musical Freestyle Dressage


Combines a solid foundation in classical dressage with the artistry of choreography and music. Prerequisite: EQST 334 or permission.

REC 103 Initiatives (Activity Lab)


Problem-solving activities in which group dynamics and team building will be emphasized through group discussions and participation in facilitated ropes course, initiative, values clarification and “new games” activities. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

REC 104 Backpacking (Activity Lab)


Develop skills and knowledge in backpacking and provide the opportunity for students to enjoy the outdoors. Two weekend overnight backpacking trips will take place during the semester. Health and Wellness: Point 2 or Point 4

REC 109 Highlander Adventure Program (Activity Lab)


Two to three days on the initiatives course and a seven-day trip into the wilderness. Develop skills in canoeing, rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking. Open only to incoming first-year and transfer students. Offered 10 days before fall semester. Health and Wellness: Point 3 and Point 4.

REC 191, 291, 391, 491 Independent Study

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

REC 202 Scuba Diving in Honduras


This course will offer PADI Open Water Diver Certification. You earn this license by completing 5 sessions in a diving pool, 5 knowledge development sessions, and by making 4 open water dives. Throughout this dive certification course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. The PADI Open Water Certification license is a permanent scuba qualification and as a certified diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. With REC 203, Health and Wellness: Points 2 and 4.

REC 203 Advanced Wilderness First Aid


The AWFA is 24 hours long, and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, Tropical Medicine and Medical Emergencies. Building on the WFA, the AWFA course goes into greater depth on the basic first aid subjects, emphasizes leadership skills, and presents new skills such as building improvised litters and litter carrying. You will receive a SOLO AWFA certification, which is good for two years. It can be used to recertify SOLO’s or any other 72+-hour WFR certification. With REC 202, Health and Wellness: Points 2 and 4.

REC 211 Eco-tour in Honduras


Students will have a third-world experience including a service-learning project. Visits are made to national parks and Mayan Indian ruins. Activities include hiking, snorkeling, and attending cross-cultural classes. Health and Wellness: Point 2 or Point 4.

REC 212 Eco-tourism in Africa


Students will learn to be stewards of the environment in the African context. Hikes, camping, visits to game parks and preserves, and service projects will be combined with lectures on the interaction with the environment, management of resources, economic impacts of tourism on the local community infrastructure and other issues related to God and His creation. Health and Wellness: Point 2 or Point 4.

REC 218 Winter Ski Outing (Activity Lab)


Downhill and recreational skiing skills developed at a major resort area. Techniques equal to one’s ability will be taught. Offered during break, before spring semester.

REC 222 Leisure, Work and Society


This course will investigate a comprehensive overview of the role of leisure and work within contemporary Western society. Students will begin to develop a personal philosophy of work and leisure as it relates to both their personal life and relationship to society. A strong emphasis will be to integrate the various theories and philosophies of work and leisure with the Christian faith. To systematically introduce the student to both public and private agencies which deliver leisure services and opportunities. To investigate how these agencies plan and manage their programs and resources from a client oriented perspective. To provide a broad scope of leisure services and integrate their role relative to the overall curriculum in the recreation and leisure studies major.

REC 227 Outdoor Leadership Training (Activity Lab)


Outdoor leadership, in activities such as initiatives, ropes course, rock climbing, and environmental aware-ness, using skills in judgment, decision-making, problem solving, and basic rescue techniques. Health and Wellness: Point 4.

REC 228 Trip Experience

1, 2, or 3-May

As arranged.

REC 235 Interpreting the Environment: Trail Development

2, 3, or 4-F&S

Principles, processes, and techniques used to interpret the environment and develop interpretive materials, centers, and trails. Through service-learning, students will develop interpretive, recreational, meditative, exercise, or other trails to complement their major program or integrative studies. One hour lecture/3, 4.5, or 6 hours applied (depending on credit hours chosen-3 applied hours for 2 credits, 4.5 for 3 credits, and 6 for 4 credits). Applied hours include research and preparation of interpretive presentations as well as trail development, as appropriate.

REC 240 Administration of Organized Camps


Principles and techniques used in organized camp administration; the role of camping in the development of personality. Staff and program development.

REC 300 Program Planning and Evaluation


Preparation for leadership in recreation programming: leadership styles and theory; principles and methods of program development; using fundamental leisure philosophy and theory to assess needs, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate recreational programs.

REC 301 Methods & Materials for Camps & Outdoor Education (Activity Lab)


Outdoor education. Field experience in lesson planning; development of organized camp programs, activities, structured programs (cabin, campfire, work, etc.).

REC 311 Special Topics


According to interest and demand, courses will be taught relative to various therapeutic approaches to special populations: substance abuse, deviant and antisocial behavior disorders, youth at risk, etc.

Prerequisite Courses: REC 222

REC 315 Wilderness First Responder


This semester-long course includes 80 hours of backcountry medicine to enable students to handle all types of wilderness emergencies. Students will learn patient assessment, treatment, and evacuation, as well as trip leadership and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on hands-on simulations of real life emergencies to supplement classroom lecture. Students who complete this course receive a three year WFR certification through SOLO. This course has a fee.

REC 401 Natural Resource Management


Investigating Christian environmental ethics; identifying and protecting biologically sensitive areas; rehabilitating damaged areas and resources; sound ecological practices; controlling user behavior; site problems; resource management plans.

REC 406 Recreation Internship

4, 5, or 6-WSP

Professional field experience in the area of emphasis; the student will relate theory to practice in a cooperative effort between agency, student, and advisor. Permission of instructor required.

REC 496 Honors in Recreation and Leisure Studies


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