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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About the Department

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/rpls/about.html

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services (RPLS) is situated within the College of Allied Health and Nursing (CAHN) at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The RPLS department was created in 1968 and the Bachelor of Science degree in the major has been continuously conferred for the past forty-five years. The department is the only nationally accredited undergraduate RPLS program in the state.

Six, full time, faculty members focus on excelling as teachers and fostering student development. Faculty members have real-world experience in one or more of the three major tracks—Resource Management, Leisure Planning and Management, and Therapeutic Recreation—and are dedicated to preparing students for success in their careers.

The Department offers a curriculum responsive to the needs of the profession and the needs of students. Students learn the science behind recreation, parks and leisure. They also learn how to help people live well and flourish, and how to manage natural resources for people’s enjoyment now and for generations to come. As a result, graduates are highly respected throughout the state, region and nation.

About the Department