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Recreation Administration Bachelors of Science

 Program Description

Recreation administration involves creating and implementing recreational activities for various groups in communities. Graduates of the program seek to provide meaningful activities and programs to help improve the quality of life for those they serve.

In this program, students develop business skills, including budgeting and personnel management. They also learn about program development and how to direct and administer recreational programs, such as camps, intramurals, youth groups, and outdoor leadership programs. Additionally, students learn how to measure the success of these programs with the goal of understanding the needs of diverse populations, improving programs, and providing meaningful services for organizations and communities.

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Admissions Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the recreation administration program has additional requirements:

  • Freshman: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to the parks and recreation major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and other USU majors need a 2.75 total GPA for admission to the parks and recreation major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are required to select a minor from an approved area outside the field of parks and recreation.

All students must complete an internship to gain field experience during their junior or senior year.

RAM 4250 Cooperative Work Experience (1-12 credits)

All Recreation Administration Majors are required to complete four (4) credits of RAM 4250. This course provides student the opportunity to connect with practitioners in the field recreation service field, build their resumes, and investigate different career options. 

Prior to registering for this class students should have completed RAM 1000. Once registered for the course, students must work or volunteer with a recreation service organization (community recreation department, recreation sport organization, private recreation based company, etc.).  Students may register for up to 12 credits of RAM 4250.

RAM 4750 Internship in Recreation Services (6 credits)

After completing a majority of course work, including RAM 4250, all Recreation Administration Majors will complete a minimum of a 400-hour internship with a recreation service organization.  This internship site must be approved by the director of the Recreation Administration Program (Nate Trauntvein).  Student will not only work 400 hours, but will build a reference notebook and complete other course assignments while throughout the internship.

To assist students in preparing for their internships, students must complete RAM 4700 (1 credit) the semester prior to registering for RAM 4750. RAM 4700 is offered both fall and spring semesters.

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Graduation Requirements

All graduates, regardless of the type of degree, must satisfy University Studies general education and depth education requirements.

Additional Graduation Requirements:

    • Total credits: 120 credits minimum
    • Total credits C‐ or better: 100 credits
    • Upper‐division credits (3000 level or above): 40 credits
    • USU credits (20 upper‐division, 10 req. by major): 30 credits
    • USU gpa: 2.0 or better; Overall gpa: 2.5 or better

Tracking Sheets

The purpose of the tracking sheet is to monitor the progress of students as they work through the degree requirements working towards graduation. The sheet consists of a consolidated course information and requirements. The department uses the tracking sheet, located online, as a working tool and updates the sheet yearly. Students are encouraged to use this sheet and degree works as they plan their schedules.

To access the tracking sheet for the program please visit the tracking sheet page.

Program Faculty

Jesse Jones Nate Trauntvein  
Jesse Jones Nate Trauntvein  



Academic Advisor
Name: Raquel Friddle
Phone: 435-797-1278
Appt: Schedule
Prgms: Recreation Admin
Academic Advisor
Name: Melanie Stein
Phone: 435-797-2490
Appt: Schedule
Prgms: General Studies
Peer Advisor
Name: Mallory Weed
Phone: 435-797-1278
Appt: Schedule
Prgms: Program Exploration