BS in Recreation and Leisure

Houghton offers a major in recreation and leisure studies, leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Designed in the tradition of the liberal arts, the program helps to prepare students for careers in the leisure services.

Backed by a faculty with both academic preparation and practical experience, the 32-hour major provides options in outdoor recreation/camp administration and equestrian studies.

  • The outdoor recreation option recognizes student interests in using God's creation in the outdoor environment as a tool to teach individuals to be good stewards of our natural resources. Natural resource management and planning is the focus in this option, as well as using outdoor activities as therapeutic tools in behavior modification. Working with youth at risk, juvenile delinquents, and academic underachievers is a typical professional pursuit.
  • The equestrian studies concentration is designed so that the student can acquire a liberal arts education and be well-rounded in the knowledge of horses, equine industry management, therapeutic riding and the history and philosophy of training, teaching and judging. This concentration will enable students to gain employment after graduation as a riding instructor, therapeutic riding specialist, stable or program administrator or as a trainer. 

The core requirements—the same for each option—consist of courses focusing on both theory and application, which attempt to develop a Christian worldview related to topics in leisure, work, and the society in which we live. An overview of careers in leisure service programming is also included, as well as an internship experience during the student's senior year. Study abroad experiences are available and encouraged. Each program option views all leisure experiences as therapeutic.

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