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The BA in Recreation and Sport Management (RSM) emphasizes a multidisciplinary understanding of leisure service management and leadership in preparation for careers and further education in managing recreation and sport organizations. The degree prepares students to work in the leisure service industry and addresses sport management and sport psychology, recreation administration and event planning, leadership and talent development, fitness, community health, nutrition and motor development. The degree is equally appropriate for adults already working in the field looking to advance their skills and knowledge base as well as those new to the field. 

This major is designed for working adult students and provides:

  • Flexible scheduling including online options available
  • Financial Aid, flexible payment options, and special adult student tuition pricing
  • Acceleration and affordability through transfer credit and prior learning assessment (PLA) credit
  • Opportunities to combine bachelor's and master’s programs and apply graduate courses to both programs
  • Individualized program planning, course selection and advising assistance provided
  • Enhanced career opportunities through professional portfolio development, and career placement services instruction from industry practitioners, and wide-ranging Career Services support
  • Degree granted by DePaul University, with its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to join its prestigious and extensive alumni network
Program Requirements Quarter Hours
College Core Requirements 78
Major Requirements 76
Open Electives 38
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of leisure service management.
  • Explain legal and regulatory requirements applicable to recreation and sport organizations.
  • Understand and address social justice issues related to recreation and sports.
  • Apply skills for effective decision-making in recreation and sports.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply methods of communication in multiple settings.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

 College Core (78 credit hours, 20 credit hours in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 201REFLECTIVE LEARNING 12
or RPL 101 PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
LL 305ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD4
LL 205QUANTITATIVE REASONING4
or LL 206 ADVANCED MATH FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
LL 261ESSAY WRITING4
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
LL 290RESEARCH WRITING 14
LL 301RESEARCH METHODS 16
LL 302EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PRACTICUM 14

Liberal Learning Requirements (46 credits, 4 credits in residence):

  • Liberal Arts in Action Requirement: CCA 281CCH 281CCS 281 or courses with LA1 designation, 6 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM ARTS & IDEAS, courses with the CCA, AL, PI, or RD requirement designations, or any Arts & Ideas competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM HUMAN COMMUNITY, courses with the CCH, SSMW, or UP requirement designations, or any Human Community competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM SCIENTIFIC WORLD, courses with the CCSW, SI, SILB, or SISK requirement designations, or any Scientific Word competencies, 12 credits
  • IN 307 INTEGRATIVE LEARNING, 4 credits 1

Major Requirements (76 credit hours)

40 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, including FA 199 and LL 303.

Professional Studies Core (20 credits, 8 credits in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING
FA 199CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING2
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
DCM 330PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE4
ETHICS OR SOCIAL JUSTICE, courses with the PSES requirement designation. Choose one of the following:
DCM 317ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS2
DCM 318SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS2
CREATIVITY OR INNOVATION, courses with the PSCI requirement designation. Choose one of the following:
CCA 170CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP2
DCM 319CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING2
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, courses with the PSGP requirement designation. Choose one of the following:
CCH 239BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY AND OUR GLOBAL FUTURE4
CCH 283GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF WORK & FAMILY4
CCH 300GLOBALIZATION AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE4
CAPSTONE PROJECT
LL 303CAPSTONE PROJECT6

Recreation and Sport Management Core (40 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CCA 250INTRODUCTION TO RECREATION AND SPORTS MANAGEMENT4
CCH 367LEISURE, RECREATION, AND HEALTH4
BADM 223ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PRINCIPLES4
CCA 251PROGRAMMING PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS IN RECREATION AND SPORTS4
BADM 334HUMAN RESOURCE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR MANAGERS4
BADM 330LAW IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT4
PE 206PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH4
CCS 267NUTRITION FOR A LIFETIME4
or PE 273 HEALTH AND NUTRITION
BADM 288MARKETING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD4
CCA 285WORK, PLAY, REST: NAVIGATING COMPLEXITIES OF ADULT LIFE4

Recreation and Sport Management Electives (16 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
BADM 120ESSENTIALS OF COACHING2
CCA 153THE ART OF SPEECHMAKING2
CCA 396INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY4
CCH 219THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: ONE WOMAN'S CRUSADE4
CCH 253FAMILY LIFE: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF FAMILIES4
CCH 282LEISURE FOR WELL-BEING2
DCM 301EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT4
DCM 307ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR4
DCM 323THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING AND THE AGED4
HSP 100INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY4
HSP 320PRIVATE CLUB MANAGEMENT4
HSP 350EVENT PLANNING4
PE 311MOTOR DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFE SPAN4
PE 346ORGANIZATION/ADMINISTRATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SPORTS & FITNESS PROGRAMS4
PE 391THEORY AND TECHNIQUES OF COACHING4
PE 450PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT BEHAVIOR AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE4

 Open Electives (38 credits)

Open Electives can be fulfilled through courses taken in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and other DePaul colleges, transfer courses, assessment of prior learning (PLA), and independent studies.​​​​​