Recreation

Recreation

Program Detail

Become a Student

Contact the Department

Department Phone

480-461-7551

This program is part of the Exercise Science Department.

If you have a career in the broad and diverse recreation field, you might work for a city, running their summer youth recreation program. Or perhaps you help folks with disabilities receive therapy though fun, enriching activities. You might even be a tour guide at a national monument. Because in the field of recreation there is wide range of career opportunities to choose from.

Today's recreation fields emerged from the youth development movements of the late 19th century. Recreation has become one of the fastest-growing and most personally rewarding fields in the U.S.

The Recreation program at MCC will prepare you for the career you want by giving you the knowledge and skills you need to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university.

Coursework Overview

The Recreation program includes the following areas of study:

Parks & Recreation Management
Prepares students in a diverse field of professions that concern the role of leisure in youth and adult development and community quality of life, or the management of parks, open spaces, and natural resources. Careers include youth agencies, city parks and recreation departments, county and start park agencies, sports venues, and special events management, to name a few.

Therapeutic Recreation
Prepares students to provide therapeutic interventions and adaptive recreation services to individuals with illnesses or disabilities in a variety of service settings. Careers include therapeutic recreation in hospital, long-term care, social services agencies, and recreation programs.

Nonprofit Leadership & Management
Prepares students to engage in the nonprofit sector that mediates, innovates, and promotes social causes and services when the political will or for-profit motive in not sufficient. Careers include nonprofit program directors, fund development directors, field executives, volunteer coordinators, and more.

Tourism Development & Management
Prepares student to understand the comprehensive study of tourism and prepares them for careers in a variety of settings in Arizona, nationally, and abroad, within the public, nonprofit, and commercial sectors. Careers include resorts, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators, meeting planning, and more.

Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Recreation Management Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Recreation Management Course Sequence

Transfer to a University

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Associate in Business - General Requirements Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership & Management
Associate in Applied Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Parks & Recreation Management
Associate in Applied Science Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Applied Science in Parks & Recreation Management
Associate in Applied Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Parks & Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation concentration)
Associate in Business - General Requirements Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Tourism Development & Management

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with our department academic advisor, Anita Dusek. Schedule an appointment by email at dusek@mesacc.edu or by phone at 480-461-7551. Together you’ll lay out a program or career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success, so don’t skip it, okay?