Undergraduate Academic Programs


Parks and Recreation Administration


Undergraduate students in all schools except the College of Arts and Sciences may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit https://sph.indiana.edu/academics/public/selectMinor.html to declare it.  Alternatively, the student may visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may seek advising from the academic advisors for the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Janet Donley, jdonley [at] indiana [dot] edu; and Barbara Grinder, bgrinder [at] indiana [dot] edu.

Ordinarily minors may be discussed and approved during drop-in advising hours. For drop-in advising hours and instructions for making an appointment, if desired, see the SPH Academic Advising website: https://publichealth.indiana.edu/student-portal/advising/index.html

The faculty director for this minor is Dr. Rasul Mowatt, ramowatt [at] indiana [dot] edu.


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students who wish to add a parks and recreation administration specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.
  • a minimum grade of C- is required in each course used in this minor.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

Parks and Recreation Administration Core Courses (12 cr.):
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-R 220 Foundations of Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 311 Management in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 413 Fiscal Management of Leisure Services Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr.)

Parks and Recreation Administration Elective Courses (3 cr.):
Complete one of the following courses:

  • SPH-O 210 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 101 Introduction to Resource Development and Fundraising (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 200 Foundations of Leisure and Public Health (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-R 210 Inclusion in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 221 Recreation Facilities Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 230 Recreational Sport Programming (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 315 Leadership Strategies and Diversity Applications (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 426 Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr.)

+ Courses followed by the S&H notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, social and historical studies requirement for bachelor's degree students.

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