Recreation Administration

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The Health, Leisure, and Sport Sciences Department is an integral part of the university's whole-person philosophy. Its objectives are twofold. First, through a general education program it seeks to assist every student in developing a personal wellness life-style that is conductive to optimal health fitness and well-being. Second, through a professional education program, it provides a curriculum and experiences for students to work in the health, fitness, leisure or sport management fields, teach physical education, or qualify for physical therapy or medical school.

The Leisure Science major at ORU examines the leisure programs pertinent to schools, camps, leisure centers, and churches and the methods of delivering those programs to the community. The key stages of developing a leisure program are explored as well as leadership roles in supervising and directing volunteers and other personnel within the program.


The HLSS department is located in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center. Kenneth H. Cooper, a former Air Force physician and innovator of the exercise program used by astronauts, supported this aspect of the whole-person philosophy. The Aerobics Center facility includes classrooms, an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, an indoor running track, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment for both men and women. The faculty and staff provide an encouraging environment for students to learn and participate in activities that will provide enjoyable leisure and fitness on a regular basis.


With a degree in Leisure Science several career options are available. A few of the options you may consider include: 

  • Parks, recreation, and leisure facilities management
  • Leisure management
  • Leisure products or services marketing operations
  • Travel and tourism industry
Course Offerings
  • Introduction to Leisure Science
  • Sport facility and Event Management
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Organization and Administration of Programs
  • Outdoor Recreation and Camping
  • Leadership in Sport and Leisure Sciences
  • Leisure Programming
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport and Leisure
  • Global Perspectives in Sport and Leisure
  • Internship in Leisure Science
  • Research in Leisure Science
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Soccer/Volleyball
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Track and Field/Weight Training
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Aquatics
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Football/Badminton
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Golf
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Tennis/Pickleball
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Softball/Basketball
Degree Plan