Courses for your Recreation and Leisure Studies degree

First-year courses and beyond*

September to December

  • REC 100 – Introduction to the Study of Recreation and Leisure
  • REC 101 – Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services
  • REC 120 – Program Management and Evaluation
  • HEALTH 107 – Sociology of Activity, Health, and Well-being
  • PYSCH 101 – Introductory Psychology

January to April

  • Three electives
  • Two restricted elective (chosen from a list of possible courses)

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Recreation courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

REC 201 – Leisure and Social Justice
REC 373 – Qualitative Approaches to Leisure Research
REC 420 – Advanced Program Evaluation in Leisure Services
REC 405 – Leisure and Well-being

*This is a sample schedule. Courses may be subject to change depending on availability each term.

Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Health recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

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