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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

College of Health and Human Services

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Recreation Management and Policy (RMP)

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Chairperson: Janet R. Sable
Professor: Janet R. Sable
Associate Professor: Ann L. Morgan
Assistant Professor: Patricia J. Craig, Chris Harrist, Charles Boyd Hegarty, Nate Trauntvein, Allison Wilder
Affiliate Assistant Professor: James Hilton, Cari A. Moorhead
Clinical Assistant Professor: Jill Gravink
Clinical Instructor: David Lee

As the fabric of life in contemporary society grows in complexity, people are increasingly turning to leisure and recreation services to find meaning, renewal, and enrichment. Recreation services can improve public health and wellness, promote sustainable environments, develop a sense of community, and enhance the quality of life of all citizens. Recreation professionals work in diverse settings, including human services, health care, natural recreation resource areas such as parks, and commercial recreation businesses. Graduates are employed in a broad range of settings, such as community recreation agencies, resorts, conference centers, youth services agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities. Population and economic projections suggest that recreation service industries will continue to expand and thereby continue to provide numerous professional career opportunities. The Department of Recreation Management and Policy is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The department’s curriculum supports a broad-based liberal education and an opportunity to acquire specialized professional knowledge and skills.

Curriculum Structure
Students entering the major may choose either an option in program administration, which includes the professional core and required courses related to program administration, or a specialized option in therapeutic recreation, which includes the professional core and required courses in therapeutic recreation. Candidates for a degree in recreation management and policy must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major option.

Study Abroad Opportunities
The University of New Hampshire Approved Study Abroad Program list is available on the Center for International Education website: http://www.unh.edu/cie/studyabroad/programs_approved.html. This site includes a wide variety of destinations, coursework, and activities to meet the diverse needs of UNH students. Students who wish to attend a program not included in the approved list must compete a UNH One-time Study Abroad Approval Petition. Interested students in the major should consult with their recreation management and policy academic adviser about sites, timing, and coursework that may be most compatible with degree requirements.


Core Requirements

All majors must complete a core curriculum of seven courses.


Core Curriculum

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
RMP   490*   Recreation and Leisure in Society   4  
RMP   501   Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities   4  
RMP   557   Recreation Services Program Design and Planning   4  
RMP   563   Recreation Management and Policy Practicum   2  
RMP   654   Professional Development and Ethics   2  
RMP   664   Professional Internship   14-16  
RMP   724   Grantsmanship, Evaluation, and Research   4  

*RMP majors cannot count RMP 490 toward the University social sciences requirement.



Professional Internship

A supervised internship (RMP 664) is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must complete a 14-16 week full-time internship under the supervision of a qualified professional. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.


Program Administration Option

This option prepares students for managerial positions in commercial, public, and nonprofit organizations that provide recreation and leisure services. Curriculum design emphasizes the effective and efficient planning, delivery, and evaluation of leisure-based programs, services, and enterprises. Applied experience is a component of most courses, in addition to a required practicum and the 14-16–week full-time internship under professional supervision. Depending upon the RMP electives and the career support emphasis or minor chosen, students may expect to find employment in a broad range of settings. Recent graduates have found employment in the areas of conference and event planning, municipal park and recreation services, recreational sports, commercial and entrepreneurial recreation businesses, youth serving agencies, resorts, camps, and natural resource management positions in state and federal agencies.

In addition to the required core courses, students who pursue the program administration option must complete the following departmental requirements:


Program Administration Option Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
RMP   558   Program Supervision and Leadership   4  
RMP   663   Management and Policy in Leisure Services   4  
RMP   665   Applied Marketing and Communication in Recreation Services   4  
RMP   770   Managment and Design of Recreation and Park Facilities   4  
RMP   772   Law and Public Policy in Recreation Services   4  
CS   401   Computer Applications or an approved equivalent   4  
SOC   502   Statistics or other descriptive statistics   4  
PSYCH   401   Introduction to Psychology   4  

Three RMP course electives selected from a rotating list of specialized RMP course offerings are required.  Examples of elective course topics include:  recreational sport management, youth culture and programs, festival and event management, camp administration and leadership, recreation resource management, multicultural perspectives and leisure, youth development.  RMP courses taken to fulfill the elective course requirement may not also be used to fulfill the emphasis area requirement unless prior approval from the student's academic advisor is obtained in unique circumstances.

Program administration students must complete a minor or emphasis area of 18–20 credits to support their specific career goals. 



Therapeutic Recreation Option

Therapeutic recreation utilizes recreation to assist people with disabilities or illnesses to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance health, independence, and well-being. Therapeutic recreation recognizes the importance of quality of life and uses activities to remediate or rehabilitate functional abilities. Therapeutic recreation services are provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, residential treatment facilities, schools, home health care, community recreation, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, camp and outdoor education centers, and adult day programs. Observation and applied experience is a component of several courses. Students complete a 14-16-week full-time clinical internship under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS).  The Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook reports the "employment of recreational therapists is expected to increase 15 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations" (Bureau of Labor Statistics). A 2011 CNN Money report identifies recreation therapy among the top ten "best jobs for saving the world." In particular, they note the profession's high benefit to society and high personal job satisfaction (CNN Money Magazine).

Upon successful completion of this option, students are prepared to meet sitting requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Examination. Students/graduates who pass the NCTRC exam and attain the CTRS® and are eligible to seek licensure to practice in the state of New Hampshire.

In addition to required core courses, students who choose this option must meet the following departmental requirements:


Therapeutic Recreation Option Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
RMP   502   Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation   4  
RMP   503   Therapeutic Recreation Rehabilitation Principles and Interventions   4  
RMP   504   Therapeutic Recreation Mental Health Principles and Interventions   4  
RMP   612   Therapeutic Communication and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation   4  
RMP   613   Interventions and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation   3  
RMP   614   Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation   4  
RMP   615   Clinical Lab in Therapeutic Recreation   2  
RMP   705   Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation   4  


Required Support Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
CS   401   Computer Applications or an approved equivalent   4  
HHS   540   Statistics or equivalent   4  
PSYCH   401   Introduction to Psychology   4  
PSYCH   561   Abnormal Behavior   4  
FS   525   Human Development   4  
BMS   507-508   Human Anatomy and Physiology   8  
KIN   652   Clinical Kinesiology   4  
KIN   653A   Musculoskeletal Assessment   2  


Criteria for Admission and Retention

Internal transfer students interested in applying to the major must submit an application on-line (application is on the RMP website). After the application is submitted and reviewed, students must meet with the RMP TR or PA option coordinator to complete the application process. Transfer applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Students within the major are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 grade-point average every semester to retain good academic standing within the major. In addition, student majors must obtain a grade of C (2.0) or better in RMP courses and a grade of C- (1.67) or better in all other courses specifically required by the department.


Child Life Minor

The departments of Family Studies (FS) and Recreation Management & Policy (RMP) offer an interdisciplinary minor in child life for students majoring in FS and RMP only. Students admitted to the minor in child life are required to take three core courses, which include RMP 502, FS 525, and FS/RMP 565. In addition, RMP majors must select two courses from an elective list including FS 623, FS 635, FS 641, FS 709, FS 734, FS 772, and RMP 593. In addition, FS majors must select two courses from an elective list including RMP 501, RMP 503, RMP 504, RMP 613 (4-credit course) with RMP 612 (3-credit lab), and RMP 614 (4-credit course) with RMP 615 (2-credit lab). Lastly, students from RMP and FS must participate in a 480-hour internship under the supervision of a CCLS (RMP majors take RMP 593F and FS majors take FS 707A). RMP students interested in the child life minor should contact Professor Patti Craig, pjcraig@unh.edu and FS students interested in the child life minor should contact Professor Michael Kalinowski, mk2@unh.edu.


Adolescent and Youth Development Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is offered by the Department of Recreation Management and Policy and the Department of Family Studies. All students must complete two required courses: RMP 668 and FS 624. Students then select three additional courses from an interdisciplinary list of courses approved for the minor. RMP majors may use only RMP 668 to meet both major and minor requirements. Additional information and the application for the minor may be obtained from the sponsoring department offices or at Adolescent and Youth Development Minor.