What do park and recreation professionals do? Among other things we
- create jobs and help stimulate the economy
- generate tourism
- protect wildlife habitat
- conserve open space
- connect children and families to nature and the outdoors
- reduce physical and mental illness
- mitigate childhood obesity.
And you thought that we only played games! The field of Parks and Recreation in the 21st century involves much more and requires a level of competence reflective of society’s need for meaningful leisure time experiences.
Consider what you like to do in your free time or think of a memorable vacation and chances are these experiences involved a park, recreation area, or resort. Or perhaps you participated in a program or event conducted by a knowledgeable individual. These are a few of the opportunities created by our graduates.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers programs leading to undergraduate degrees in
The Parks and Recreation Department also offers graduate degree programs in
- Park and Resource Management
- Environmental Education.
Graduate education can offer additional depth for those already in the field of parks and recreation or provide an opportunity for a career change for those seeking a new and exciting career. (Potential Applicants - please see note below.)
Programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels offer a state of the art curriculum taught by professional faculty who are recognized as both regional and national experts in their respective disciplines with diverse interests and experience in
Our faculty members are dedicated to mentoring students while preparing them for careers in the park and recreation field.
Field-based Internships insure that our students are ready to take their place in the profession. Visit our Alumni page to see what can happen once you leave SRU.
The Department is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions (COAPRT) through the National Recreation and Park Association. We are recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.
Parks and Recreation at Slippery Rock University - we make life better!
Dr. Dan Dziubek, Chair
Anita Culley, Department Secretary
Help!!! We are attempting to build an alumni database and we would like to include alumni from all undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the department since its inception. If you are interested in being included, please provide the following information
Degree, Program, and Year of Graduation
Please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention Potential Graduate Students:
The Graduate Faculty of the Department of Parks and Recreation is embarking on a self-study of the online and on campus graduate programs to ensure that the quality, as well as the scope, of the program is consistent with the needs of students continuing in, or entering into, the field of parks, recreation, and the management of resources related to the provision and maintenance of natural resource based outdoor recreation opportunities.
Due to activities affecting our ability to offer appropriate and sufficient courses on campus, and anticipating changes to the program emanating from the results of a self-study, the on campus graduate programs in park and resource management and environmental education will be placed on moratorium beginning with the spring 2014 semester. During this period, students already admitted to the on campus programs will be able to complete their programs of study through a combination of on campus and online courses.
Potential applicants will still have the option to enroll in the online programs in park and resource management and environmental education.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we feel strongly that it is an important step to take to ensure that the best quality graduate education continues to be offered by the Slippery Rock University Department of Parks and Recreation.