General Recreation

Emphasis Area in the Recreation Major

The General Recreation tract is one of four tracts in the Recreation Major at Chicago State University. It prepares students for multiple opportunities in the recreation field. Furthermore, this emphasis area allows for the most freedom in course selection creating an attractive option for those students transferring into the recreation major.

The organizations that employ recreation professionals are highly diversified. Combined, these organizations meet every type of leisure need or interest for the public including people with special needs and special interest groups. The General Recreation emphasis area prepares graduates for leadership, programming and supervisory positions in:

  • Municipal and county park recreation departments
  • Camps and camping programs
  • Non-profit organizations (YMCAs/YWCAs, Boys Clubs, Girl Clubs, etc.)
  • Corporate recreation departments
  • Commercial recreation providers
  • Campus recreation
  • Resorts and resort communities
  • Military recreation departments
  • Other youth and community agencies
University Core Requirements: (36-42 hours)
Composition (6 hours)
ENG 1230/1270 3 cr. Writers’ Workshop I or Composition I
ENG 1280 3 cr. Composition II
Foreign Language (6 hours): In Sequence
Math (3 hours)
Math 3 cr.  
Physical and Life Science (6 hours)

(Must take one laboratory course)
BIOL 1080 3 cr. Biol. Sc. Survey II
Ph S 1080* 3 cr. Critical Thinking about Technology
Critical Thinking (3 hours)
*Ph S 1080 also fills this requirement
Social Sciences (9 hours)
SOC 1010 3 cr. Intro. to Sociology
POL 1010 3 cr. American National Government
PSYC 1100 3 cr. Intro. to Psychology
Humanities (6 hours)
CMAT 1130 or 2030 3 cr. Basic Speech Comm. or Comm. for Professionals
Fine Art Elective 3 cr.  
Diversity (3 hours)
Core Requirements (46 hours)
PE/REC 1900 1 cr. Seminar in Physical Education
REC 1000 3 cr. Intro. to Leisure Studies
REC 2000 3 cr. Program Planning for Leisure Studies
REC 2010 3 cr. Philosophy of Leisure & Recreation
ED 4312

(REC 2070)
3 cr. Tech. for PE & Rec. Prof.
REC 2200 3 cr. Leadership & Supervision in Leisure & Recreation
REC 2300 3 cr. Outdoor Rec. & Team Build.
REC 2580 3 cr. Leisure Programming for Adults in Later Life
REC 4000 3 cr. Facility Mgt. & Design
REC 4240 3 cr. Mgt. of Leisure Service Delivery Systems
REC 4300 3 cr. Overview of TR Services
REC 4500 3 cr. Program Evaluation & Research in Leis. & Rec.
REC 4540 3 cr. Seminar & Methodology in Recreation
REC 4750 9 cr. Internship
Supportive Courses (10 hours)
HS 1570 2 cr. First Aid
PE 2140 2 cr. Movement Concepts & Dance
REC/PE 2360 2 cr. Aquatics for PE & Recreation
PE 2380 2 cr. Lifetime Sports
PE 2390 2 cr. Team Sports
Directed Electives (12-15 hours)
General Recreation Specialty (10-13 hours)

(Any REC., PE, or HPER courses)
REC 4100 or REC 4400 3 cr. Commercial or Community Recreation

Please note the following guidelines:

  • A grade of C or above is required in all recreation courses and supportive courses, either as transfer credit or completed at CSU.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at CSU with a cumulative GPA of 2.5

For More Information Contact

Dr. June N. Price-Shingles

Director of Recreation Program

Chicago State University

Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies and Recreation

JDC #216

Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Phone: 773.995.3779