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Recreation and Leisure Studies


The Recreation and Leisure Studies program contains a core of courses in leisure studies, research and management. Recreation and Leisure Studies electives provide students with the opportunity to specialize in an Option which reflects a desired academic and career path.

Degree Requirements

  1. Recreation courses (minimum of 20):
  2. Courses outside the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies:
  3. Total number of courses to complete degree is 40.

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Course Sequence


Year One Co-op and Regular Fall Winter REC 100, 210 REC 230, 250 SOC 101 PSYCH 101 Two Restricted Electives Two Restricted Electives

Regular Program


Year Two Fall Winter REC 209, 270 REC 205, 220 One Recreation Elective One or two Recreation Electives Two Non-Recreation Electives One or two Non-Recreation Electives
Year Three Fall Winter Three Recreation Electives REC 371 Two Non-Recreation Electives One or two Recreation Electives Two or three Non-Recreation Electives
Year Four Fall Winter A fourth-year Recreation A fourth-year Recreation course course One or two Recreation Electives Two Recreation Electives Two or Three Non-Recreation Electives Two Non-Recreation Electives

Co-operative Program


Year Two 2A (Fall) 2B (Spring) REC 270 REC 209, 220 Two Recreation Electives One Recreation Elective Two Non-Recreation Electives Two Non-Recreation Electives
Year Three 3A (Winter) 3B (Fall) REC 205, 371 Two or three Recreation Electives One or two Recreation Two or three Non-Recreation Electives Electives One or two Non-Recreation Electives
Year Four 4A (Spring) 4B (Winter) A fourth-year Recreation A fourth-year Recreation course course Two Recreation Electives Two Recreation Electives Two Non-Recreation Electives Two Non-Recreation Electives

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Options

An Option is a specified combination or grouping of courses which provides the student with an emphasis in a particular discipline.
The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department offers the following Options to its students:

  1. Business Option
  2. Parks Option
  3. Therapeutic Recreation Option

Consult the Undergraduate Office for more details.

The Options are currently under review. Interdisciplinary Programs are also listed.

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Joint Honours Degrees

Joint Honours degrees are available with Geography, Environment and Resource Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Development Studies, Sociology, English and Music. For Joint Honours programs, where the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is the home department, the requirements will be:

  1. Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies core requirements (11 term courses).
  2. All non-department Restricted Electives (PSYCH 101, SOC 101 and three term courses).
  3. Joint Honours requirements from the second department.
  4. Additional Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Electives (minimum seven term courses).
  5. A minimum of 40 term courses in total.
  6. Major average requirements for each department must be maintained. (The overall average is that of the home department.)

Further information concerning Joint Honours programs may be obtained from the Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies and the Recreation and Leisure Studies Undergraduate Student Handbook. If a student wishes to pursue a Joint Honours program with another department not listed above, he/she should contact the Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies.

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Minors

A Minor is a group of approved courses taken by an Honours student in a subject area outside of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Minors are available in most departments at Waterloo. Students interested in pursuing a Minor should consult with the department offering the Minor. A Minor normally consists of ten courses.

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