The Recreation Administration Program (RAP) is designed to prepare students for entry-level, supervisory/middle management, and administrative positions in recreation and leisure service organizations. Settings can include community/governmental, voluntary/nonprofit, commercial, private membership, armed forces, employee, campus, and therapeutic recreation. The coursework includes study in administration and management; event, facility, finance, human resource, marketing, and risk management; and technology. Experiential education and applied learning are the primary focuses of the program. Students study in recreation administration/management work experiences, including practicums and internships, and work with public, semi-public, and private organizations at the local, state, district, national, or international level. All students graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Recreation Administration from NC Central University earn a minimum of 500 hours of professional field experience.
The program encompasses three concentrations pertaining to recreation administration:
- Parks and Recreation Management
- Recreational Sport Management
- Recreational Therapy.
Each concentration represents a distinct area of professional preparation and reflects universal integrative themes of leisure service provision, which contributes to the department, college, and university’s mission of preparing students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society.