The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
See the information below for assistance on course selection and course enrolment. Also included is dropping courses, important dates and double counting.
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||Program Management and Evaluation||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||Principles of High Performance Organizations in Recreation and 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||Mobilizing Resources for Recreation and Sport Delivery||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 AHS 107 or GSJ 101 or GSJ 102||*Winter|
|REC 371||Quantitative Approaches to Leisure Research||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 - Directed study in special topics
For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through guided independent research. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to enrolment.
Prerequisite: Department Consent Required
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.
- Any third or fourth year student may apply for a directed study course.
- A student may take only one directed study course, other than REC 471A/B, in total for submission towards their degree requirements.
- 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.
- The proposal must offer a coherent plan that can be completed in one term.
- 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.
- Complete the Getting Started Form
- The Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies will review your submission and contact you to set up a meeting to discuss the following next steps:
- Select a faculty member (normally from within the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies) who is able to provide individual instruction for the course.
- 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.
- Submit the completed agreement form to the Recreation Undergraduate Office to obtain a course override to enroll in the course
Any students interested in completing a REC 475 directed study should take the agreement form with them to the preliminary meeting with their supervisor.
Enrolling in courses on Quest
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 in the Undergraduate Calendar for your degree plan. Make sure you have clicked on the appropriate calendar based on the year you started in Recreation and Leisure Studies.
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
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.
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.
Course requirements and double counting
Minimum number of courses
Specific course requirements are outlined for each degree in the Undergraduate Calendar. You must complete at least 20 units (normally 40 courses of 0.5 units each), of which 10 units must be REC courses (normally 20 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.
Taking courses at another university for credit at Waterloo
Cross-registration at Wilfrid Laurier University
For business courses that are listed in the University of Waterloo Schedule of Classes, such as BUS 111W or 121W, you can enrol on Quest as long as it’s not a reserved section. Building and room locations for these courses are listed on the Wilfrid Laurier University Schedule of Classes.
You may take other business courses not listed on Waterloo's Schedule of Classes by cross-registering for them. This means you can take the course at Wilfrid Laurier (if approved) as if it were a University of Waterloo course. The Faculty of Mathematics offers advice and enrolment assistance for Wilfrid Laurier Business courses.
Cross-registration may sometimes only be available at the start of each term depending on space availability in the requested course. For example Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) courses available to non-KPE students are only posted at the beginning of each term along with the registration details. A cross-registration form is required for online Wilfrid Laurier courses and for all non-Business courses.
Letter of Permission
Taking one or more courses at another university (other than Wilfrid Laurier University) for credit toward your degree involves completing a Letter of Permission. Often this occurs during a co-op work term or spring term at a university closer to your work placement or home to make up for a failed or dropped course. It is often possible to take an entire term of courses at another university by Letter of Permission (although not always for transfer students).
Students must be in “satisfactory” or better academic standing to take courses at another university. In order for the course to be transferred back to your Waterloo degree program, you must achieve a grade of 60% or higher in the course. Please consult the Undergraduate Calendar for complete details and submit the completed Letter of Permission form and course descriptions for the courses requested to the Recreation Undergraduate Office for review and approval. It takes about three to four weeks to arrange this, so start the process early as you will not be able to enrol in courses at the other university until they have received the Letter of Permission from Waterloo acknowledging that you are allowed to take the course(s) for credit at Waterloo. There is a processing fee as noted on the form.
There are many opportunities to study abroad through exchange agreements with schools around the world including: Australia, Central America, Europe and Asia.