Recreation Program


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Program overview

This program is offered in-person.

The Department of Human Performance and Health Education's recreation program at Western Michigan University focuses on educating students about recreation and leisure leadership, program and service development, delivery, and management. The program offers a variety of courses, experiences and guidance that allow students to develop professional skills and competencies for professional careers in community, campus, outdoor, commercial, government or private settings. The program prepares WMU students to assume leadership and administrative roles in their chosen area of emphasis. 

Program Options

Why recreation program at Western Michigan University?

  • 90% of 2020-21 WMU recreation management and sport management graduates were employed or continuing education within three months of graduation. 

  • Students are encouraged to pursue additional educational opportunities through one of our many excellent study abroad programs, such as Education and Human Development in India.
  • All WMU programs offer an optional WMU Signature Designation, which helps students degrees stand out through an integrative learning project in one of several pathways including: Teaching & Student Success, Leadership, Health & Wellbeing, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice, and more! 

Internship and Practicum

 100% of recreation/sport management students complete an internship or field experience. 

Career opportunities

  • Strength & Conditioning 
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation 
  • Health & Fitness Promotion 
  • Corporate Wellness 
  • Wellness Coach 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Healthcare Professional after graduate degree 

Cost & Funding

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Dr. Colin Cork                                                  Dr. James Lewis 
Assistant Professor                                       Associate Professor