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Recreation and Leisure Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, VA,
The Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the Virginia Wesleyan College aims to is to educate students as informed consumers, skilled professionals, and advocates of sport, recreation and leisure services throughout their personal and professional lives. 


The Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the Virginia Wesleyan College will allow students to investigate the larger discipline and focus upon one of two Majors: Sport and Recreation Management, and Recreational Therapy.

The Department has been nationally accredited since 1984 by the National Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions. All students completing either major are eligible to take the national examination to be recognized as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Students completing the Recreational Therapy Major and designated coursework are also eligible to take the national examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

The primary purpose of the program is to provide both classroom and practical learning experiences in the study of sport, recreation, and leisure. Nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, the Department supports students studying one of two majors: Sport and Recreation Management and Recreational Therapy. 

The curriculum infuses practical learning opportunities with outside agencies— classroom work is reinforced through “real- world” experiences that allow students to hone their career preferences. The program is nationally recognized for its assessment, work with alumni and professionals, and for ensuring that all graduates are eligible to sit for the examination to become either a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or a Certified Park and Recreation Professional.

Beyond the Classroom

Graduates secure employment in traditional recreation agencies such as the YMCA, state park and recreation departments, and campus recreation administration. They have also been employed in administration, teaching, sales, health care, consulting, law enforcement and more. Some students enter graduate school to study fields as diverse as education, sport management, theology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Leadership: Leadership and Analysis of Recreation
  • Management of Recreation and Leisure Services 
  • Introduction to Recreational Therapy
  • Teaching Assistant 
  • Maui Sea to Sky: Adventure Travel's Impact on Culture and The Environment

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General Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • An official high school transcript or comparable home school documentation.
  • An official record of scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). Applicants are responsible for arranging to take these tests and for requesting that results be sent to Virginia Wesleyan.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency at the time of application for admission

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    36010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Virginia Beach

  • 980 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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