Recreation and Leisure Studies student talking with community members at a class event.

We all love to take part in recreation and leisure activities. But did you know that your interests can lead to a rewarding career? Recreation and leisure represents the world’s largest and fastest growing industry - people spend over $4 billion dollars on recreation pursuits in Ontario alone*. 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 more than 40 recreation courses, 1000+ courses from other disciplines, and Joint Honours programs in many subjects.

Sample courses

  • Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Play Creativity and Child Development
  • Program Management and Evaluation
  • Outdoor Recreation, Tourism, and the Natural Environment
  • Marketing Recreation, Sport, and Events
  • Urban Recreation
  • Mobilizing Resources for Recreation and Sport Delivery

Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for a full list of courses and the course sequence in this major.

How do I choose this major?

Apply to Recreation and Leisure Studies (co-op or regular) and then choose Recreation and Leisure as your "subject of major interest".

*according to the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion