Bachelor of Recreation

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

As a recreation student you will learn about the social, physical, psychological, cultural, economic, environmental and political issues that influence recreation and leisure participation, delivery and management.

When you graduate, you will have the skills to manage programs and services to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals, communities and environments.

Specialty in therapeutic recreation

The Bachelor of Recreation offers students the ability to specialize in the study of 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. Students learn to assess 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.

100% of our therapeutic recreation students passed the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification Exam (from July 2015 - Nov. 2017) and scored 10% higher than the national average!

For students interested in being eligible for the certification exam offered by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), the following courses are required:

Required Courses (these are required for certification)

HKR 2300: Growth and Development
HKR 2310: Human Anatomy
HKR 2320: Primary Human Physiology
HKR 2585: Foundations in Therapeutic Recreation
HKR 3515: Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation in Outdoor Settings
HKR 3785: Community Development and Recreation in Therapeutic Recreation Settings
HKR 4485: Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation Settings
HKR 4685: Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

Elective Courses (count towards certification and are highly recommended)

HKR 3485: Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery
HKR 3685: Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation

Elective Courses (required for certification but not a degree requirement)

HKR 4785: Internship in Therapeutic Recreation
PSYCH 3640: The Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour


Our alumni are leaders in recreation and wellness. Graduates commonly pursue careers as:

  • athletic association directors
  • community development specialists
  • community programs directors
  • family resource coordinators
  • health promotion coordinators
  • military recreation coordinators
  • outdoor educators/outfitters
  • park managers
  • recreation consultants/directors
  • seniors recreation coordinators
  • special events coordinators
  • sports and aquatics coordinators
  • wellness coordinators

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000