Recreation and Leisure Studies

Recreation and leisure represents the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. As a Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate you will be positioned to deliver the programs and services people use to help maximize their quality of life.

What will I get out of the program?

  • A broad understanding of the role that recreation plays in enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
  • The knowledge and skill to plan, manage, and deliver recreation, leisure and sport services to a variety of populations.
  • Flexibility to pursue your interests and become a well-rounded student. Choose from over 40 recreation courses, 1000+ courses from other disciplines, and Joint Honours programs in many subjects.

Sample courses

  • REC 101 - Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services
  • REC 120 - Program Management and Evaluation
  • REC 200 - Play Creativity and Child Development
  • REC 219 - Introduction to Event Studies
  • REC 230 - Outdoor Recreation, Tourism, and the Natural Environment
  • REC 408 - Gender and Leisure

Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for the degree requirements.

How do I choose this major?

Recreation and Leisure Studies is the common entry program for all students. If you wish to pursue the Recreation and Leisure Studies major at the end of your first year, there’s nothing you need to do – you’re already in!


Possible career paths

  • Recreation Manager
  • Director of Programming
  • City Camp Director
  • Special Events Coordinator

Recreation and Leisure alumni positions

  • Director of Youth Services - St-Leonards Community Services
  • Event Manager - Modrobes Sustainable Garment Company
  • Director of Recreation - Revera Living 
  • Program Coordinator - Community Outreach Services 

Check out some more rewarding careers of past Rec and Leisure graduates.