Recreation Administration

Bachelor of Science

Receptionist at at ARC Facility.

Recreation administration involves creating and implementing recreational activities for various groups in communities. Graduates of the program seek to provide meaningful activities and programs to help improve the quality of life for those they serve.

In this program, students develop business skills, including budgeting and personnel management. They also learn about program development and how to direct and administer recreational programs, such as camps, intramurals, youth groups, and outdoor leadership programs. Additionally, students learn how to measure the success of these programs with the goal of understanding the needs of diverse populations, improving programs, and providing meaningful services for organizations and communities.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the recreation administration program has additional requirements:

Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to the recreation administration major.

Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to the recreation administration major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are required to select a minor from an approved area outside the field of parks and recreation.

All students must complete an internship to gain field experience during their junior or senior year. Additional information can be found below or in the USU Catalog.

RAM 4250 Cooperative Work Experience (1 -12 credits)

All Recreation Administration Majors are required to complete four (4) credits of RAM 4250. This course provides student the opportunity to connect with practitioners in the field recreation service field, build their resumes, and investigate different career options.

Prior to registering for this class students should have completed RAM 1000. Once registered for the course, students must work or volunteer with a recreation service organization (community recreation department, recreation sport organization, private recreation based company, etc.).  Students may register for up to 12 credits of RAM 4250.

RAM 4250 Cooperative Work Experience (1 -12 credits)

After completing a majority of course work, including RAM 4250, all Recreation Administration Majors will complete a minimum of a 400-hour internship with a recreation service organization. This internship site must be approved by the director of the Recreation Administration Program (Nate Trauntvein). Student will not only work 400 hours, but will build a reference notebook and complete other course assignments while throughout the internship.

To assist students in preparing for their internships, students must complete RAM 4700 (1 credit) the semester prior to registering for RAM 4750. RAM 4700 is offered both fall and spring semesters.


Graduation Requirements

All graduates, regardless of the type of degree, must satisfy University Studies general education and depth education requirements.

  • Total credits: 120 credits minimum
  • Total credits C- or better: 100 credits
  • Upper-division credits (3000 level or above): 40 credits
  • USU credits (20 upper-division, 10 req. by major): 30 credits
  • USU gpa: 2.0 or better; Overall gpa: 2.5 or better

Contact Information

Tom Dickey

Tom Dickey

Peer Advisor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-1278
Office Location: HPER 122
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Alice Kenley

Academic Advisor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-0837
Office Location: HPER 122F
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Program Director

Nate Trauntvein

Nate Trauntvein

Associate Professor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-7971509
Office Location: HPER 128