Western Michigan University offers a recreation program that will prepare you for recreation and leisure leadership as well as program and service development, delivery and management. In this program, you will develop professional skills and competencies that can be applied to a wide variety of settings, including parks, resorts and cruises, health and fitness centers, hospitals and health care facilities, event and expo centers, community organizations, corporations and classrooms, among others.
WMU's recreation program provides specific academic service-learning opportunities. In addition to coursework and electives, you will be required to complete 225 hours of field experience and a 600-hour internship.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in recreation are working as:
- Camp directors
- Camp staff
- Cruise ship activities directors
- Event planners
- Instructors and teachers
- Municipal and community park directors
- Park rangers
- Museum directors
- Outdoor recreation staff
- Recreation supervisors
- Resort managers
- Sports directors and supervisors
- Theme park employees
- YMCA staff
Among the organizations they work for are:
- U.S. Navy
- Dow Events Center in Saginaw, Mich.
- Aspen Meadows Resort
- St. Mary' Center for Health and Fitness in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation