Minors

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Recreation & Sport in Communities, Parks & Schools Minor

Well-documented educational inequities in the United States are often exacerbated by unequal access to high quality after-school programming, as well as extracurricular and summer activities. This “out-of-school” issue may receive less attention from education advocates, but research shows some of our most powerful learning and developmental experiences happen while playing a sport or when exploring nature and parks. In fact, regular and prolonged engagement in meaningful extracurricular activities has been strongly correlated with academic and professional achievement.

Students in the Recreation & Sport in Communities, Parks & Schools Minor will learn important theory and socio-cultural context. The program will prepare students to provide quality, inclusive, accessible, recreation experiences and services in a wide variety of public and nonprofit settings, including municipal parks and recreation agencies, middle and high school athletic departments, and state and national parks. Learn more.

Graduate with a personal philosophy of recreation that integrates the ethical, social, and cultural foundations of leisure as they pertain to personal and professional interests
Study and examine important administration principles for public and nonprofit agencies providing recreation facilities, programs, and services
Learn and apply knowledge about event planning and recreation programming through the development and execution of a unique event or program

Courses

This 18-unit minor requires a minimum of 9 upper division (300-400 level) units. Through this program, you will take courses from top scholars in a variety of subjects, including:

  • TLS 353*: Recreation and Leisure in Contemporary Society
  • TLS 354*: Administration in Recreation, Community, & Non-Profit Organizations
  • TLS 355*: Planning Community Events and Recreation Programs
  • TLS 356:  Sports, Adolescents, and School
  • TLS 200:  Sustainability and Education

*Indicates required course

Internships

Gain hands-on experience and training in actual service in a business or government establishment. Students may complete multiple internships worth a varying amount of credit. Up to 6 internship credits may be used toward the completion of this minor. 

To receive internship academic credit, please fill out this application form and email it to brandonharris@email.arizona.edu

Careers

The program will prepare students for a variety of professional roles, including careers in coaching, recreation programming, park management, youth sport administration, and campus recreation.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Matt OstermeyerBrandon Harris, or Mark Jenks