Bachelor of Recreation

The recreation program is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares you for administration, leadership and management in commercial, public and not-for-profit recreation and leisure services, health promotion, community development, outdoor recreation, and therapeutic recreation.

You'll learn about the social, physical, psychological, cultural, economic, environmental, and political issues that influence recreation and leisure participation, delivery, and management. Graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, deliver, evaluate, and administer programs and services aimed towards enhancing the quality of life and well-being of individuals, communities, and environments.

With the current focus in our society on health prevention and rehabilitation, community development and well-being, and environmental stewardship there is a need for recreation and leisure professionals with a passion for making positive changes.

Why study recreation at Memorial?

  • Only one of two recreation programs in Canada offering co-operative education. you'll graduate with 1 year of relevant work experience making them more competitive when looking for jobs.
  • Curriculum is focused on service-learning and experiential education. You get real-world, practical learning opportunities in the classroom.
  • Instructors will know your name. Your will have individual and small group interactions with instructors.

We offer a 4-year degree program:


Bachelor of Recreation

  • 120 credit hours
  • Can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis


  • Recreation director of a city’s municipal recreation department or division
  • Marketing specialist for professional sports teams
  • Recreation therapist
  • Recreation specialist
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Health promotion coordinator
  • Outdoor educator
  • Special events coordinator
  • Recreation facility manager or coordinator
  • Director of an athletic association
  • Community service worker
  • University student services coordinator
  • Director or coordinator of a not-for-profit organization
  • Outdoor outfitter
  • Seniors / older adult recreation coordinator
  • Community programs director
  • Recreation coordinator for child, youth, or after-school programs
  • Park manager
  • Administrator of a sports club
  • Recreation consultant
  • Community centre leader, coordinator or director
  • Municipal parks superintendent or director
  • Family resource coordinator
  • Military recreation coordinator
  • Community development specialist
  • Camp director
  • Sports and aquatics coordinator

The Bachelors of Recreation degree program has a concentration in recreation and leisure administration with a speciality in outdoor recreation or therapeutic recreation.


Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (Provincial)

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (National)

National Parks and Recreation Association (United States of America)

World Leisure and Recreation Association (International)

Speciality in Outdoor Recreation

This specialty involves opportunities for you to examine and comprehend people's recreation involvements with the natural environment with courses that emphasize the study of recreational activities related to and dependent upon the outdoors. You'll learn theory and develop skills related to various outdoor pursuits, outdoor leadership, adventure programming, management of park and natural spaces, and environmental issues and ethics.

Required Courses

HKR 2545: Introduction to Outdoor Education and Recreation

HKR 3555: Outdoor Recreation Management

HKR 3565: Tourism and Commercial Recreation

Elective Courses (students will complete a minimum of 3 of the following choices)

HKR 3220: Summer Outdoor Activities

HKR 3221: Wilderness First Aid for Outdoor Leaders

HKR 3505: Adventure Programming

HKR 3545: Outdoor Recreation Leadership

HKR 4210: Winter Outdoor Activities

HKR 4535: Camp Administration and Programming


Related Links

Outward Bound Canada (

Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (

Yamnuska Centre (

Enviros (

National Outdoor Leadership School (

Canadian Adventure and Education Centre (

Campfire Boys and Girls (

Nantahala Outdoor Center (

Wilderness Inquiry (

The Women's Wilderness Institute (

Project Adventure (

Tim Horton’s Summer Camps (

Speciality in Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation involves the purposeful use of recreation and leisure experiences to improve or maintain the social, mental, emotional, and physical functioning of individuals. These services are provided in a variety of treatment, residential, and community-based health and human service agencies for people of all ages. Students will learn to assess the physical, social and emotional needs of clients, as well as models for enhancing their lives through professional practice involving recreation and leisure opportunities and community inclusion.

Required Courses

HKR 2585: Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation

HKR 2300: Growth and Development

HKR 2310: Human Anatomy

HKR 2320: Primary Human Physiology

PSYCH 1000/1001: Introduction to Psychology

Elective Courses (students will complete a minimum of 3 of the following choices)

HKR 3485: Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery

HKR 3685: Facilitation Techniques for Therapeutic Recreation

HKR 4485: Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation Settings

HKR 4685: Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

Recommended Courses (required for NCTRC certification)

PSYCH 3640: Abnormal Psychology


Related Links

Newfoundland & Labrador Therapeutic Recreation Association 

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association 

Therapeutic Recreation Association of Atlantic Canada 

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification 


School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552