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undergraduate minors 

We strongly encourage students to complement their major by earning a minor. This strengthens their educational experience and makes them more marketable for jobs. Our department offers the following minors:

Athletic Coaching

The minor in athletic coaching (reference number 320) is designed to develop positive teaching / coaching skills in athletics and to meet the needs for the development of qualified coaches in public / private schools or business settings or community agencies. The minor requires 21-24 semester hours. Students must complete the following courses: PE 211, 212, 222, 310, 311, 312, 497, and SPM 200. In addition to these core courses, students shall have the option to select three hours from the following coaching courses: PE 340, 341, 342, or 343. Students must maintain a "C" or better in each course in the minor. Contact: Dr. Keri Esslinger

Community Recreation

The minor in community recreation (reference number 346) requires a minimum of 24 semester hours. Students must complete the following courses: REC 200, 302, 306, 328, 420, and 493. In addition, students must complete 6 hours of electives from the following list: REC 220, 222, 326, 332,422, 424, 426, 428, 430, 482. Contact: Dr. Ron Ramsing

Facility and Event Management

The facility and event management minor (reference number 367) provides students with practical knowledge and skills for the effective management of facilities and events. The minor requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. Students must complete the following
courses: REC 306, REC 404 or SPM 404, REC 426, SPM 450, REC 493, and six hours of advisor approved electives. Contact: Dr. Raymond Poff

Nonprofit Administration

The minor in Nonprofit Administration (reference number 422) prepares students for careers in, and service to, the nonprofit sector. Students take courses from several departments and programs of study to gain needed nonprofit competencies and experiences. This minor consists of 21-24 hours including the following required courses: REC 220, (MGT 333 or PS 440), (ACCT 200 or REC 402 or SPM 402), REC 460, and REC 496 (150-300 hours of internship experience for 3-6 credit hours).

Students are required to take 6 hours of electives chosen from the following list or other courses as approved by the program coordinator:

ACCT 420, BA 110, HMD 271, 375, COMM 240, 345, 348, 349, 362, 460, 463, ECON 202, ENG 301, 306, 307, 415, FIN 330, GERO 100, 495, ICSR 300, 301, LEAD 200, 325, 330, 395, MGT 210, 311, MKT 220, PERF 423, PHIL 320, 323, RELS 323, PS 250, 338, 440, PSY/PSYS 220, 321, 350, 422, 442, REC 302, 306, 328, 404, 424, SOCL 100, 210, 240, 300, 360, 362, 375, 410, SPM 200, 452, SWRK 101, 205, 330, 344, 379.

No more than 15 hours from any prefix may be used to fulfill the minor requirements. Some courses have prerequisites.Please visit for more information. Contact: Dr. Tricia Jordan

Outdoor Leadership

The outdoor leadership minor (reference number 426) consists of 24 hours designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to become outdoor professionals and to lead groups responsibly in the backcountry. The following courses are required for the minor: REC 330, 332, 335, 337, 435, 437.

In addition, students must choose six hours of electives from: REC 235, 424, 430, 434, 439, 482, or 493.

Please visit for more information. Contact: Dr. Tammie Stenger-Ramsey

Physical Education

The minor in Physical Education (reference number 432) requires a minimum of 27 semester hours. This minor is not a certifiable teaching
field in Kentucky. The courses required are: PE 122, 211, 212, 222, 223, 310, 311, 312, 313 and 324. Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Pyles


The minor in Tourism (reference number 445) is an interdisciplinary program between the Departments of Consumer and Family Sciences and Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport. The minor in tourism requires a minimum of 21 hours. Students must complete the following courses: HMD 271, MKT 220, REC 420, and (REC 490 or FACS 313).

Students must also complete a minimum of 9 hours from a list of restricted electives in HMD/FACS and Recreation Administration: REC 302, REC 322, REC / SPM 404, HMD 171, 373, 375

Contact: Dr. Raymond Poff

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