Author: Sara Steffenhagen
Date: September 30, 2015
Categories: Academics|Business

Houghton College has announced the approval of a new major in Sport, Recreation and Wellness Management by the New York State Education Department.

The major will be part of the new Sport, Recreation and Wellness Department at Houghton College, which merges the former Leisure Studies and Physical Education departments.

“The new major is designed to take advantage of our location and existing resources, including the new athletic facilities of [The Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex] while preparing students for jobs in fields that anticipate growth over the next decade,” commented Houghton College’s academic dean, Linda Mills Woolsey.

Andrea Boon, assistant professor of recreation and equestrian studies, and Sandra Johnson, physical education instructor, are the current department chairs.

The Sport, Recreation and Wellness Management major will prepare students for managerial positions in sport, recreation and wellness industries, including intercollegiate and interscholastic sports; sport/fitness clubs; sports/athletics equipment merchandising; public, private and commercial recreation programs; and intramural and recreational sports.

The new major also equips students for success in the business world by requiring business and economics classes.

“The major has an added advantage of grounding students in business and economics to prepare them for a lifetime of employment. The faculty team heading this up is young and energetic with a strong commitment to serving students,” said Mills Woolsey.

Each student will have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of the program requirements.

In addition to the major, students will be required to select a minor in public health, equestrian, sports ministry, recreation, pre-athletic training, health promotion/fitness, or sports administration and management.

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