About the WKU Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration Program
An undergraduate degree in Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration provides access to a world of fulfilling careers helping individuals, families, and communities through recreation and leisure. We are confident there is a career for you within the recreation profession.
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The mission of the Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration Program is to provide the students in our curriculum with a well-rounded, general education in the field by creating a challenging, student-focused learning environment and opportunities to apply the skills and theories taught in the classroom through service to the campus, community, and recreation profession.
The program offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration, minors in Outdoor Experience Leadership, Tourism & Events, Nonprofit Administration, and Facility & Event Management. The program also offers a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Sport Administration with on-campus and online options.
The Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration program’s philosophy is based on the following principles:
1. Successful graduates – will provide service to their local community, service to the profession; will give back to WKU and the Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration Program; will be committed to lifelong learning; and will be advocates for the recreation profession.
2. Successful students – will be involved in and responsible for their own learning; will desire to learn through traditional and experiential methods, will be interested in service to the community and the profession; will be dedicated to WKU and the Recreation Administration Program, will come from and serve diverse backgrounds; and will recruit other students to the Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration major.
3. Successful faculty – will provide ongoing support for students, will be involved in scholarship, will provide service to the local community, WKU, and the Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit professions; will be dedicated to helping students learn; will be involved in recruiting students; and will serve a diverse student population.