Course enrolment and sequence planning

See the information below for assistance on course selection and course enrolment. Also included is dropping courses, important dates and double counting. 

Course availability

The following is a list of Recreation courses that are now being offered to students. You can see the term in which a course is normally offered as well as any prerequisites. Note that some courses are restricted to students in specific plans only: Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS), Recreation and Sport Business (RSB), or Therapeutic Recreation (TR).

Elective courses (*) may be subject to change in future terms. For official term by term offerings please see the Schedule of classes.

For course descriptions and requisites please see the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.

Course Code Course Name Prerequisites Offered
REC 100 Introduction to the Study of Recreation and Leisure none

Fall, Winter online

REC 101 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services none Fall
REC 120 Experience Design and Delivery RLS students only. Antireq: REC 220 Fall
REC 151 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice REC 100, RLS students only Winter
REC 200 Play, Creativity and Child Development PSYCH 101 Winter, Spring
REC 201 Leisure and Social Justice REC 100, REC 101 Fall
REC 202 History of Western Sport none *Spring
REC 203 Sociology of Sport SOC 101 *Winter, Spring
REC 213 The Business of Professional Sport REC 101, RSB students only Fall
REC 215 Marketing Recreation, Sport, and Events RLS or Event Management Minor students only Winter
REC 218 Social Entrepreneurship for Change REC 100, REC 101, Level at least 2A, RLS students only Winter, Spring
REC 219 Introduction to Event Studies Level at least 2A Fall
REC 230 Outdoor Recreation, Tourism, and the Natural Environment none Fall
REC 251 Therapeutic Recreation:  Developmental and Emotional Disabilities REC 100, RLS students only Winter online,  Spring online
REC 252 Therapeutic Recreation:  Physical Disabilities REC 100, RLS students only Fall
REC 253 Practicum in Therapeutic Recreation REC 151, REC 251, REC 252, TR students only Fall, Winter, Spring
REC 280 Introduction to Tourism  none Winter, Spring online
REC 306 Gender and Health One of GSJ 101, GSJ 102, WS 101, or WS 102 *Fall
REC 312 Practicum in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism REC 120/220, Level at least 3A, RLS students only *Fall, Winter, Spring
REC 313 Amateur Sport from Playground to Podium Level at least 3A, RSB students only Fall
REC 319 Event Planning and Design REC 219. Antireq: REC 311 Winter
REC 351 Therapeutic Recreation Facilitation Techniques REC 251, REC 252, Level at least 3A, TR students only Winter
REC 356 Leisure and Community Level at least 3A Fall
REC 357 Theories and Evidence for Therapeutic Recreation Practice REC 151, REC 251, REC 252, TR students only Fall
REC 361 Aging and Leisure Level at least 3A Fall, *as resources available
REC 362 Sociology of Aging SOC 101 or HEALTH 107 or GSJ 101 or GSJ 102 *Winter
REC 371 Quantitative Data Analysis and Mobilization Level at least 3A. RLS students only Fall
REC 373 Qualitative Approaches to Leisure Research Level at least 3A. RLS students only Winter
REC 380 Tourism Analysis REC 280 Fall
REC 383 Tourism Impacts - International Perspectives One of GEOG 233, REC 280, PLAN 362 *Winter
REC 401 Advanced Seminar on the Socio-Cultural and Behavioural Dimensions of Leisure Level at least 4A, RLS students only


*as resources available

REC 405 Leisure and Well-being Level at least 4A, RLS students only Fall, Spring
REC 408 Gender and Leisure Level at least 3A *Fall as resources available
REC 413 Innovative Solutions in Recreation and Sport Business REC 213, REC 313 Winter
REC 419 Event Implementation and Evaluation REC 219, REC 319 Winter
REC 420 Advanced Program Evaluation in Leisure Services REC 371, REC 373, Level at least 4A Winter
REC 422 Urban Recreation Level at least 3A  *Fall, Spring as resources available
REC 425 Heritage Planning Workshop Level at least 3A  *Spring
REC 433 Ecotourism and Communities REC 230 *Spring odd years as resources available
REC 450 Internship for Therapeutic Recreation REC 253, REC 351, REC 357, Level at least 4A, TR students only Fall, Winter, Spring
REC 455 Advanced Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation REC 253, REC 351, REC 357, Level at least 4A, TR students only Winter
REC 480 Advanced Seminar in Tourism Development REC 280, REC 380, Level at least 4A, RLS or ENVS or Tourism Minor students only Winter

REC 475 - Independent Study: Translating Research for Practice

Calendar Description

This course allows students to pursue a particular topic in depth through guided independent study. Students will be encouraged to synthesize evidence and/or scholarship from a number of sources to mobilize knowledge in a way that makes information accessible, relevant, and actionable for the needs of a particular audience, including academia, community, organization, or sector.

Prerequisite: Department Consent Required

Course objectives

SENATE regulations specify that: A department will offer undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue a particular topic in depth through reading or guided independent research in the event that the department does not offer regular course work for this purpose, or the student has already taken all course work pertaining to the topic of interest.


  1. Any third or fourth year student may apply for a directed study course.
  2. A student may take only one directed study course, other than REC 471A/B, in total for submission towards their degree requirements.
  3. Normally, the proposed directed study course must not duplicate a regular course offering. The proposal should offer the student an opportunity to continue to pursue a topic in depth when the available courses on that topic have been completed.
  4. The proposal must offer a coherent plan that can be completed in one term.
  5. The student will select and confer with a faculty member (normally from within the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies) who is able to provide individual instruction for the course.


The student completes the proposal form which states the title, course description of a topic directly related to the field of recreation and leisure, methodology, and means of evaluation. A student may choose to receive a "CR" or a numeric grade. If a numeric grade is chosen, the criteria for assigning a grade must be agreed upon by the student and the instructor prior to the beginning of the course.

Registration procedure

The Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies will review your submission and contact you to set up a meeting to discuss the following next steps:

  1. Select a faculty member (normally from Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies faculty members) who is able to provide individual instruction for the course.
  2. Complete the agreement form (see below) stating title, methodology, means of evaluation, and signature of faculty advisor. The topic must be directly related to the recreation and leisure field.
  3. Submit the completed agreement form to the Recreation Undergraduate Office to obtain a course override to enrol in the course

Agreement form

Any students interested in completing a REC 475 directed study should take the agreement form with them to the preliminary meeting with their supervisor.

REC 475 - Agreement Form for Directed Study

REC 471 A/B - Honours Thesis

The honours thesis provides you with the opportunity to formulate and conduct an original research study concerning an area of recreation and leisure studies that is of particular interest to you. By going through the process of research, you are able to develop your knowledge and skills as both a producer and consumer of research. The thesis is offered through two courses, REC 471A and REC 471B which are completed in two back-to-back terms.

Prerequisites: Department Consent Required; REC 371, REC 373; Fourth year Honours students in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Students interested in completing an honours thesis are advised to meet with the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies to discuss their interests and to discuss possible faculty supervisors.

REC 471 A/B - Agreement Form

Course requirements and double counting

Minimum number of courses

Specific course requirements are outlined for each degree plan in the Undergraduate Calendar. You must complete at least 20 units (normally 40 courses of 0.5 units each), of which 10.5 units must be REC courses (normally 21 REC courses).

Note that some REC courses are cross-listed with other subjects. If you complete a course as the cross-listed subject instead of the REC subject, it can still count as a REC course toward your degree requirements and will be included in your major average calculation.

Courses worth 0.25 unit

You may complete up to four courses worth 0.25 units each toward your degree requirements, but you may not use two courses worth 0.25 units each together to meet the restricted elective requirements.

A maximum of two Kinesiology and Physical Education activity courses (0.25 units each) taken at Wilfrid Laurier University, may be recognized for credit toward your University of Waterloo degree and will be used in the calculation of your overall average.

Double counting of courses

You may count any single course completed toward a maximum of two degree requirements. This is called “double counting” a course. There is no limit in Recreation and Leisure Studies as to the number of courses that may be double counted. However, if you are completing a minor or joint honours plan, the rules in other Faculties sometimes specify a limit to the number of double-counted courses that can be used to meet degree requirements, so this should be confirmed with the advisor in the department offering the minor or joint honours plan.

Students with special needs

AccessAbility Services collaborates with all course instructors to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations, similar to a High School Individual Education Plan, please register with AccessAbility Services at the beginning of each academic term to discuss your needs.

Enroling in courses on Quest

Adding courses


You will be pre-enrolled by the department in your required courses for your first term only. This includes REC 100, REC 101, REC 120, AHS 107, and PSYCH 101. For details on first-year courses please see first-year course selection.

You will have the first two weeks of classes to adjust your timetable if needed (and if possible), and the first three weeks of classes to drop classes if necessary. Always use the SWAP function to change courses as this holds your original course space until you are successfully in the new course. For the official dates please review the important dates website.

Second-, third- and fourth-year

Each term you will enrol in courses for your next academic term during an enrolment appointment or during open enrolment. Follow the course sequence for your degree plan. Make sure you have clicked on the appropriate calendar based on the year you started in Recreation and Leisure Studies.

If you are interested in a double degree, minor or joint honours program speak with the academic advisor to ensure your course sequence will meet your degree requirements.

Problems with enrolment

If you are unable to enroll in a course on Quest, check the following:

  • Is the class full?
  • Do you have the necessary prerequisites?
  • Are there reserves (seats held for specific groups of students out of the total limit for the course)?

You can answer these questions using the Schedule of Classes and the Undergraduate Calendar course descriptions and prerequisites. If these conditions exist, contact the instructor or department offering the course to request permission to enrol. If they approve, have them sign a Course Override form and submit it to the Recreation Undergraduate Office in B.C. Matthews Hall, room 2201 for processing.

Hint: If the instructor does not agree to allow an override, you could watch enrolment numbers on Quest during the first week of classes. If a seat suddenly becomes available you should be able to add the course.

Dropping and adding courses

Add courses

Courses may be added on Quest during your enrolment appointment or during the open enrolment period. Open enrolment for each term continues until the end of the second week of classes in that term (or the end of the first week of classes for online courses). Course additions are not permitted after the end of the second week of classes.

Drop courses

You are not normally permitted to drop required courses; however, you can usually drop elective courses depending on how many weeks of the term have passed.

If you receive an error message when attempting to drop a course on Quest you should contact an academic advisor for assistance.

When you are enrolled in only one course you are not able to drop your final course without approval, as you must formally complete the appropriate form to withdraw from the term.

No penalty period

Courses dropped during the first three weeks of classes disappear from your schedule. Your transcript will not show that you attempted this course. If you are enrolled full-time (four courses or more) you are not allowed to drop below four courses without obtaining permission from an academic advisor.

Penalty 1 Period – WD (Withdrew – no academic penalty)

Courses dropped between the fourth and tenth weeks of classes will continue to show on your transcript with a grade of WD. This shows that you attempted the course but dropped it during the term; however, the grade does not count in your average.

Penalty 2 Period – WF (Withdrew – failed)

Normally, no courses may be dropped without academic penalty after the tenth week of classes. (Check the “Important Dates” listed on Quest for the specific date each term). A grade of WF is assigned and counts as a failure (32%) in your average.

There is also a date, usually just prior to the examination period, when you are no longer permitted to drop any courses without a petition.