School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation, BS Concentration

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Accreditation by COAPRT

Accredited by Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality.

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This career-ready concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations.

Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation (POR) concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The Recreation Management concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates of this career-ready concentration are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete both a supervised practicum and internship in professional settings.

Course Work

Mason Core Requirements (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3)
    Must take STAT 250
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization/World History (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8) (Students pursuing the Certificate in Environmental Management must take BIOL 213 and either BIOL 303 or BIOL 304)
  • Synthesis/Capstone (12), met by PRLS 490, a program requirement

Professional Sequence (68 credits)

Electives (14 credits)

Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog including the Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness (RECR) courses that promote the health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff.

Total: 120 credits

Consult the current George Mason University catalog for descriptions of courses and degree requirements. Students will be cleared for graduation using the degree requirements for the catalog year they matriculated into the Recreation Management (POR) concentration.

Many POR students have applied their elective credits toward completion of a George Mason University certificate program as a complement to their major area of study. A minor or certificate can further enhance a student's expertise in specialized areas and may make them even more marketable upon graduation.

Licensure Disclosure

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