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Recreation Studies is one of the fastest growing professions that offers opportunities for employment in commercial, public sector, not-for-profit and even military career options. Recreation Studies degrees offer attractive employment opportunities in many diverse fields.  Students of Recreation Studies will learn to research and analyze existing programs and services in an effort to enhance them. They will acquire skills to motivate participants of fitness, recreational and leisure activities. Our students receive a well-rounded liberal arts education combined with an extensive internship experience that develops professional competencies for entering a thriving job market. Students with this degree are immediately employable in the recreation industry and the program has positioned our graduates with local, regional and national organizations.

The program has a balanced approach of classroom and in-the-field experience, creating a  dynamic experiential learning environment.  Our program also offers top notch internship opportunities with some of the biggest and best organizations in New York State.  Recreation Studies’ students can also receive a certification as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Our students receive a well-rounded educational experience with additional elective courses that allow our students the flexibility to design and explore opportunities specific to individual educational and professional goals.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • To assist students in meeting ten of ten General Education requirements
  • To assist students with the successful transfer to related bachelors degree program
  • To develop students’ knowledge about the sociological, philosophical, physiological, historical and psychological aspects of recreation studies
  • To develop students’ understanding and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and characteristics which define responsible and successful leaders in the field of recreation
  • To provide an understanding of the operation of computer systems and related pedagogical recreation issues
  • To provide an understanding of the various career tracks and professional requirements for a variety of jobs in the field

Alumni Spotlight

Jacob Norris ’18

“My favorite thing about the Recreation Studies program was how fun it was to actually learn. Program Coordinator Budd Termin makes the program what it is and is always there to help. I chose Niagara County Community College (NCCC) because of the proximity to my home, affordable price, and great help from Financial Aid. Since graduating, I got a good job with New York State Parks. I work for the gorge crew and deal with the park trails and paths in the Niagara Gorge. I have also worked with NCCC in helping evaluate the major for future students.”

Jacob Norris

Degree Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the student will:

  • Acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in recreation studies courses to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in recreation studies or related field
  • Broaden his/her general education background through course work in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, fine arts and life sciences
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Customize his/her professional education course work to facilitate transfer-articulation to a baccalaureate school of choice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of computers and their basic functioning
  • Develop a philosophy about the field of recreation studies

Program Contact

Nursing, Physical & Allied Health Division
Division Office: 716-614-5940