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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum

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

As a major in the department, you have three different Career Tracks to choose from:

  • Leisure Planning and ManagementCurriculum
  • Resource Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation

You complete 36 credits in the Professional Core and the remaining credits in at least one of the specific Career Tracks. The classes are structured to provide you both with the knowledge and skills to assume a mid–management level position upon graduation. Classes often provide you with opportunities to become actively involved in your chosen career through participation in volunteer experiences, and special projects such as special events and fundraisers, and attendance of state and national conferences and workshops.

Major Requirements

Prerequisites to the MajorMajor

RPLS 272 Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services (3 credits)

RPLS Professional Core

Required for Major

Descriptions of the courses listed below are available on the [PDF] Undergraduate Bulletin’s (85 KiB) page.

RPLS 277 Recreation Leadership (3 credits)
RPLS 302 Pre-Practicum Seminar (2 credits)
RPLS 375 Recreation Technology (3 credits)
RPLS 376 Program Planning in RPLS (4 credits)
RPLS 377W Public Relations (3 credits)
RPLS 379 Recreation Management I: Facility Resources (3 credits)
RPLS 473 Recreation Management II: Financial Resources (3 credits)
RPLS 483 Recreation Management III:  Human Resources (3 credits)
RPLS 495 Practicum (9 credits)

Career Tracks

Select one of the Career Tracks listed below to complete requirements for the major.

Descriptions of the courses listed below are available on the [PDF] Undergraduate Bulletin’s (85 KiB) page.

Leisure Planning and Management Career Track

RPLS 274 Therapeutic Recreation Services (3 credits)
RPLS 325 Programming for Outdoor Settings (3 credits)
RPLS 378 Commercial Recreation and Tourism (3 credits)
RPLS 451 Advanced Program Delivery Methods (3 credits)
RPLS 465 Event Management (3 credits)

Resource Management Career Track

RPLS 282 Wildlife as a Recreation Resource (3 credits)
RPLS 350 Methods of Interpretation in RPLS (3 credits)
RPLS 475 Public Land Use Policies (3 credits)
RPLS 478 Review of Outdoor Recreation Research (3 credits)
RPLS 479 Wildland Recreation Management (3 credits)
RPLS 481 Park Planning (3 credits)
GEOG 373 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

Therapeutic Recreation Career Track

RPLS 274 Therapeutic Recreation Services (3 credits)
RPLS 440 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment (3 credits)
RPLS 447W Therapeutic Recreation Process (3 credits)
RPLS 450 Therapeutic Recreation Techniques (3 credits)
RPLS 489 Advancement of the Therapeutic Recreation Profession (3 credits)

Required for National Certification:

Please see Dr. Wise, Advisor for Therapeutic Recreation.

BIOL 220 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
KSP 235 Human Development (3 credits)
HP 348 Structural Kinesiology and Biomechanics (3 credits)
PSYC 455 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)

Minor Requirements

To complete a minor in RPLS, you need to take the following 13 credits in the RPLS Core:

RPLS 272 Introduction to Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services (3 credits)
RPLS 277 Recreation Leadership (3 credits)
RPLS 376 Program Planning in RPLS (4 credits)
RPLS 473 Recreation Management II: Financial Resources (3 credits)

In addition, you need to take 9 credits (3 courses) from one of the career tracks listed above. Meet with an advisor from the career track you are interested in to select specific courses and complete the “Request to add RPLS as Minor” form.

Descriptions of the courses listed above are available on the [PDF] Undergraduate Bulletin’s (85 KiB) page.