Recreation and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools
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 and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools minor will learn important theory and socio-cultural context, as well as gain applied skills in programming and administration. This will prepare students to provide quality, inclusive, accessible, recreation experiences, and services in a wide-variety of public and nonprofit settings, such as:
Students who minor in Recreation and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools will:
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The Recreation and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools minor consists of 18 credit hours total and is available at the UA College of Education in Tucson and on Arizona Online as well.
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 358: Theory and Practice of Coaching
TLS 200: Sustainability and Education
* indicates required course
Gain hands-on experience and training in actual service in a business or government establishment. Students may complete multiple internships worth varying amount of credit. Up to 6 internship credits may be used toward the competion of this minor.
To receive internship academic credit, please fill out this application form.
"The minor has given me the opportunity to look critically at different ways sports are programmed for both youth and adults. Through the coursework of this minor, I have learned ways to make even basic physical education time for teaching personal and social responsibility."
— Student James Burton