Recreation and Leisure Administration Major

Helping individuals, families and organizations make the most of time away from work is the basis for an exciting and interactive career in Recreation and Leisure Administration. In our Recreation and Leisure Administration major, you can choose either a Recreation Management emphasis or a Recreational Therapy emphasis.

Recreation Management or Recreational Therapy

The Mission of the Recreation and Leisure Administration Program is to provide relevant, high quality educational and experiential learning opportunities that prepare students to be competent and successful professionals in the fields of Recreation Management and Recreational Therapy.

Careers in Recreation and Leisure Administration

What can I do with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration?

  • Plan and implement activities for people of various ages and abilities.
  • Work with youth and adult recreational sports.
  • Plan and implement special events for commercial and non-profit agencies.
  • Manage facilities both indoors and out.
  • Support our Service men and women by providing recreational opportunities for them and their families through Morale Wellfare and Recreation.
  • Improve the quality of life for individuals with a variety of permanent and temporary physical, developmental and behavioral disabilities.


In the photo above: York College Alumnus Stacy Cathrall (left) received the Outstanding New Professional Award and York College Senior Olivia Miller (right) was awarded the William P. Dayton Scholarship at the 2014 Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Institute.

Professionalism is...


"Professionalism to me is being accountable, reliable, and hard working. With those three skills and a solid knowledge base, success will follow."

Chris Gause,

Learn more about all things professional at York College.


Field Experience

Students majoring in Recreation and Leisure Administration participate in Experiential Learning and Directed Field Experience, both of which will give students a competitive edge in the job market.  Read more about these opportunities.  

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Recreation majors are encouraged to take advantage of two available certifications that will enhance their employment opportunities.  Find out how to apply.


Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey.Witman.Behavioral.Science Jeffrey P. Witman, Ed.D., CTRS is an expert in Recreation and Leisure Administration education.

Learn more about Professor Witman.