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Sport, Recreation and Wellness Management Major

Train athletes to reach their full fitness potential, manage a recreation program, or share the love of Christ through sports ministry.

Join a community of learners training for service as professionals in administrative roles related to intercollegiate and interscholastic sports; sport/fitness clubs; sports/athletics equipment merchandising; public, private and commercial recreation programs; and intramural and recreational sports.

Hands-on in Every Class

What you study in your classes prepares you for the field immediately. Depending on your area of focus, you’ll learn how to build a camp program from the ground up, research customer recreation needs or jump into a leadership role through our Highlander Wilderness Adventure program. You can even travel to or study abroad in places like Ethiopia, Costa Rica or the Czech Republic and put your knowledge to work.

$35.3 Billion Industry

Equip yourself for success in this fast-growing industry of fitness and recreation, which grew by $1.6 billion from 2020-2021. Houghton's holistic and Christ-centered approach to your training in this field will prepare you to stand out as a future leader in an industry focused on serving others.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s program in Sport, Recreation and Wellness Management, you will:

  • Specialize your degree through a minor in Equestrian, Athletic Administration, Recreation, Health Promotions and Fitness, or Sports Ministry.
  • Receive holistic training through classes in Communication, Business, and Psychology that will prepare you to maximize your opportunities in this fast-growing human services industry.
  • Get paid as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and/or nutritionist through Get Fit Allegany.
  • Gain valuable field experience through an internship and/or practicum that is focused on your passions and interests.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses and General Education

Degree Requirements

Certifications Available

Choose to be certified in multiple areas through recognized leaders in the industry. Many of the certifications are integrated into the coursework. Certifications may require additional training and certification exams.

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Houghton's scenic 1,300 acre campus in the Genesee Valley is surrounded by rolling hills, northern hardwood forests, and the Genesee River. Students enjoy access to numerous area resources, including:

Program Outcomes

Students earning a bachelor's degree in Sport, Recreation and Wellness Management from Houghton University are prepared to for careers in many areas of the sport and wellness industries, including but not limited to:

Employment Expected to Grow 39%

for Fitness Trainers and Instructors
U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsSource

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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