The Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services major offers career tracks in leisure planning and management, resource management and therapeutic recreation. Through hands-on learning, experiences in the field, and in-classroom learning, the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services program prepares students for fulfilling careers in this growing field.
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 fifty years. The department is the only nationally accredited undergraduate RPLS program in the state.
The following is only a partial list of the many occupations available if you choose a career in RPLS.
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in a hospital or a rehabilitation center
Park Naturalist and Park Ranger in city, state or national parks and forests
Director of Recreation and Parks for a city or county
The Rec Club works to promote relationships between students, faculty, and professionals.
Cruise Culture Study Abroad
Spend your spring break on a cruise excursion learning all about the cruise industry behind the scenes.
Camp Maverick - Rec N' Read is a recreation and literacy intervention camp designed to help struggling readers improve reading and writing skills while having fun and playing games.
Students in Action
Students in the Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Department are offered many leadership opportunities.
Each fall professionals in the field of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services come to campus for the day to network with students in the program. Many of these professionals are alumni of the program.
The Recreation Parks & Leisure Services faculty set you up for nothing but success... They go above and beyond by engaging their students in real-life experiences.
- Briana Spicer
The Leisure Planning and Management emphasis area prepares students to work in a wide variety of leisure service organizations with a particular focus on program planning, facilitation, and administration.
Students in the Resource Management emphasis area focus on the interactions of people and nature.
TR is a profession where you help people with disabilities, illnesses, and other conditions discover and nurture their passions.