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Recreation, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Bellingham, WA, United States
The Recreation major at Western Washington University is multidisciplinary, requiring understanding of the social, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences as they pertain to helping people grow and develop in their leisure while conserving our vital natural resources.
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Knowledge of the arts and humanities is just as important, because leisure is one of the most fertile opportunities for self-expression and the development of community.

Nationally accredited since 1986 by the Council on Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the Recreation Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation. The major offers concentrations in tourism, community recreation, outdoor recreation, and therapeutic recreation. The department and faculty goal is to help students become knowledgeable, competent, and virtuous professionals — the sum of which is a foundation for professional excellence.

The Recreation curriculum at Western Washington University prepares students to design, implement, manage, lead, and evaluate recreation programs and services. The program is designed as four sequential 15-16 credit hour phases, which students move through as a cohort group. Students enter Phase 1 of the program during spring quarter, typically during their sophomore or junior year.

Careers and Graduate Studies

In support of healthy individuals, families, and communities, career opportunities in recreation and leisure services are numerous and diverse. Graduates of the Recreation Program are employed throughout the region, nation, and world. They work in a variety of settings, including public recreation departments, outdoor recreation programs, hospitals, and tourism agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    66 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
  • Introduction to Community Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
  • Professional Practicum and Seminar
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • Management of Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Recreation Programming
  • Human Relations: Concepts and Skills

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • The International Student Application for Admission 
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • An essay that helps the Admissions Committee understand your academic goals, related experiences and/or preparatory course work, and professional goals
  • Official academic credentials
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22890 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22890 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6543 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6543 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bellingham

  • 1109 - 1690 USD/month
    Living Costs

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