Recreation Studies - A.S.

Associate Dean, Division of Professional Studies

Associate in Science Degree, Transfer Program

The Recreation Studies A.S. degree is designed to enable students with interests in recreation, leisure, and outdoor education to transfer to most baccalaureate institutions with standing as a junior. The program outcomes emphasize both theory and practice. Its general education requirements in English, mathematics, lab sciences, social sciences, and humanities will provide students the required elements of a liberal arts education. Its core courses in recreation development and leadership are the elemental building blocks for further study in fields as varied as outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, or recreation management.

Graduates of this program will be able to identify the concepts of work, leisure, recreation, and play and the nature and diversity of each along with the importance of leisure as an essential element in the human experience; have an understanding of risk management practices for recreational groups and be able to apply them in a camp program or setting and identify personal strengths and limitations in group leadership roles; plan, organize, lead, and facilitate activities and program elements suited to camp, school, and other outdoor education units; develop and refine an understanding of human values through experiential learning processes along with intervention plans for categories of risk such as education, substance abuse, crime and delinquency, teen pregnancy and others.

Careers in recreation involve planning, organizing activities in recreation areas, parks, community centers, religious organizations, camps, theme parks, and tourist attractions. Increasingly, recreation workers are found in businesses where they organize and direct leisure activities for employees.

Inherent in Corning Community College’s mission is preparing students for a life of service to their professions and their communities in a global interdependent society. The recreation community is now being viewed as a key player in achieving important public policy objectives related to quality of life issues, economic development, and environmental responsibility.