Recreation and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools

About the Minor

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:

  • Municipal parks and recreation agencies
  • Middle and high school athletic departments
  • After-school and out-of-school youth mentoring programs
  • University campus recreation
  • Community sports
  • Youth camps
  • State and national parks

Students who minor in Recreation and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools will:

  1. Develop a personal philosophy of recreation that integrates the philosophical, ethical, historical, social, and cultural foundations of leisure as they pertain to personal and professional interests.
  2. Examine important administration, leadership and management principles and practices for public and non-profit agencies providing recreation facilities, programs, and services.
  3. Apply knowledge about event planning and recreation programming theories and techniques through the development and execution of a unique event or program.
  4. Reflect on the sociocultural context of sports in the United States and analyze the role of sport in school and community settings.
  5. Justify social justice principles and considerations for underrepresented and underserved populations in recreation and sport contexts.
  6. Demonstrate abilities to think critically, communicate effectively in written and oral formats, and work in groups successfully.

This packet has more details about the program, including the full course list, internship opportunities, and career paths. 



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. 

Sample courses include:

  • 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



  • Coaching
  • Recreation programming
  • Event planning
  • Park management
  • Youth sport administration
  • Campus recreation



Gain hands-on experience and training in actual service in a business or government establishment. Students may complete multiple internships worth a varying amount of credit. Up to 6 internship credits may be used toward the completion of this minor. 

To receive internship academic credit, please fill out this application form and email it to


What People Are Saying

"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." 

—James Burton, College of Education graduate 



For more information, contact Matt Ostermeyer, Brandon Harris, or Mark Jenks

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