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Recreation and Sport Management (BA)

​​​The BA in Recreation and Sport Management (RSM) emphasizes a multidisciplinary understanding of leisure service management and leadership in preparation for careers and further education in managing recreation and sport organizations. The degree prepares students to work in the leisure service industry and addresses sport management and sport psychology, recreation administration and event planning, leadership and talent development, fitness, community health, nutrition and motor development.

The degree is equally appropriate for adults already working in the field looking to advance their skills and knowledge base as well as those new to the field. The program is available completely online, although some elective courses are held on campus. Students will be able to apply experience and transfer courses for credit, as appropriate. This program is designed for working adult students who seek the following:

  • Designed for working adult students with flexible scheduling including online options
  • In addition to Financial Aid and flexible payment options
  • Special adult student tuition pricing is available
  • Structured path to graduation
  • Clear course sequence
  • Enables career advancement by enhancing students’ current professional skill base with new perspectives and knowledge in a variety of business administration areas
  • Opportunity to complete up to 3 graduate courses and apply them to both the BA and a Master's program at DePaul
  • Degree granted by DePaul University, with its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to join its prestigious and extensive alumni network
Program Requirements
Quarter Hours
Core Requirements
78
Major Requirements
76
Open Electives 
38
Total Hours Required
192

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of leisure service management.
  • Explain legal and regulatory requirements applicable to recreation and sport organizations.
  • Understand and address social justice issues related to recreation and sports.
  • Apply skills for effective decision-making in recreation and sports.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply methods of communication in multiple settings.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

College Core (78 credits, 20 credits in residence)

Lifelong Learning Requirements (32 credits, 16 credits in residence):

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 201 REFLECTIVE LEARNING
2
or RPL 101
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
4
LL 305
ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE, WORLD
4
LL 205

QUANTATIVE REASONING
4
or LL 206

ADVANCED MATH FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
4
LL 261
ESSAY WRITING
4
LL 270
CRITICAL THINKING
4
LL 290
RESEARCH WRITING
4
LL 301
RESEARCH METHODS
6
LL 302
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PRACTICUM
4

Liberal Learning Requirements (46 credits, 4 credits in residence):

  • Liberal Arts in Action Requirement: CCA 281, CCH 281, CCS 281 or courses with LA1 designation, 6 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM ARTS & IDEAS, courses with the CCA, AL, PI, or RD requirement designations, or any Arts & Ideas competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM HUMAN COMMUNITY, courses with the CCH, SSMW, or UP requirement designations, or any Human Community competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM SCIENTIFIC WORLD, courses with the CCSW, SI, SILB, or SISK requirement designations, or any Scientific Word competencies, 12 credits
  • IN 307 INTEGRATIVE LEARNING, 4 credits 

Major Requirements (70 credits) 

40 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, including FA 199 and LL 303.

Professional Studies Core (20 credits, 8 credits in residence)

Course
Title
Quarter Hours
FA 199
CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING
2
DCM 330
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE
4

ETHICS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, courses with PSES requirement designation, choose one of the following:

2


DCM 317
ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS

DCM 318
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS

CREATIVITY OR INNOVATION, courses with the PCSI requirement designation. Choose one of the following:

2
CCA 170
CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

DCM 319
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING


GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, courses with the PSGP requirement designation. Choose one of the following:

4
CCH 239
BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY, AND OUR GLOBAL FUTURE
CCH 283
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF WORK & FAMILY
CCH 300
GLOBALIZATION & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
CAPSTONE PROJECT
LL 303
CAPSTONE PROJECT
6

Recreation and Sport Management Core (40 credits)


Course
Title
Quarter Hours
CCA 250
INTRODUCTION TO RECREATION AND SPORT MANAGEMENT
4
CCH 367
LEISURE, RECREATION, AND HEALTH
4
BADM 223
ACCOUNTING & FINANCE PRINCIPLES
4
CCA 251
PROGRAMMING PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS IN RECREATION AND SPORTS
4
BADM 334
HUMAN RESOURCES AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR MANAGERS
4
CCH 330
LAW IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
4
CCH 383 OR PE 206
PROMOTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES OR PERSONAL & COMMUNITY HEALTH
4
CCS 267 OR PE 273
NUTRITION FOR A LIFETIME OR HEALTH AND NUTRITION
4
BADM 288
MARKETING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD
4
AI 285
WORK, REST, AND PLAY: NAVIGATING COMPLEXITIES OF ADULT LIFE 4

Recreation and Sport Management Electives (10 credits)

Course
Title 
Quarter Hours
BADM 120
ESSENTIALS OF COACHING
2
BADM 178
GENDER AT WORK
4
CCA 153
THE ART OF SPEECHMAKING
4
CCA 396
INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY
4
CCH 219
THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
4
CCH 253
FAMILY LIFE, PAST AND FUTURE
4
CCH 282
LEISURE FOR WELLBEING
2
DCM 301
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
4
DCM 307
ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR
4

DCM 323

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
4
HSP 100
INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY
4
HSP 320
PRIVATE CLUB MANAGEMENT
4
HSP 350
EVENT PLANNING 
4
PE 311
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT THROUGH LIFE
4
PE 346
ORG/ADM OF PE, SPORT AND FITNESS
4

PE 391
THEORY/TECHNIQUES OF COACHING
4

PE 450
PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT BEHAVIOR
4

Open electives

Open Electives can be fulfilled through courses taken in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and other DePaul colleges, transfer courses, assessment of prior learning (PLA), and independent studies.

Questions? Email adultenrollment@depaul.edu or call (312) 362-5551 to meet with an admissions counselor.