MidAmerica Nazarene University
Recreation and Leisure Studies prepares you to build health and wellness programs; direct recreational, sport, and outdoor leadership events; and provide opportunities for all people to access and conserve local parks.

The Facts

With the growing popularity of the parks and recreation services, both local and national, recreation and leisure studies graduates are in high demand! You will learn to develop, evaluate, and direct wellness, recreational, intramural, and outdoor leadership programs. You will also develop skills including financial organization, facilities management, and turf and grounds maintenance.

You will learn to set goals, measure program outcomes, and evaluate program success in order to serve diverse populations and provide needed services for the organization and community.

Jobs in the recreation field are increasing nationally—in less than 10 years, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 19%! We will prepare you to meet this demand.

As a student, you will have the opportunity for hands-on experience through practica labs, and a required professional internship. There are over 80 parks and recreation programs that service the Kansas City metro area that can provide field-based experiences for our students. We will prepare you to work in a variety of sectors within the field of parks and recreation.

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"The Health and Exercise Science department at MNU is awesome. The professors know their stuff and work hard to teach it in a way you can understand!"

Rebecca Anderson on the Health and Exercise Science professors

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“As a Recreation & Leisure major in college, you will learn the very real business behind 'Leisure' or 'Recreation'. In the United States alone, there are literally thousands of local, state, national and theme parks and venues. All must be well maintained, made profitable and accessible to all.”

Brad King
Associate Professor of Health & Exercise Science.

Our professors are professionals and scholars with clinical licenses at the highest levels in their field. They have professional experience as therapists, teachers and athletic trainers. Professors actively engage in scholarly research and service learning projects that are applicable to the classroom setting.

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Recreation and Leisure Studies students facilitate fitness at MidAmerica Nazarene University.


Touching every aspect of recreational and leasure studies, you could become a(n): 

Parks and Recreation Director
Fitness and/or Wellness Director
Youth Services and Sports Director

Outdoor Leadership Director
Recreation Facility Supervisor
Turf Specialist

Resort Manager
Recreational Therapist
Golf Operations Manager

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