Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies (PRLS)
School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism
110 Exploring Outdoor Adventure (2:1:1)
115 Introduction to Fly Fishing (1:1:0)
117 Rock Climbing (2:2:0)
118 Intermediate Rock Climbing (2:2:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 117 or permission of instructor.
119 Trap and Skeet Shooting (2:2:0)
120 Introduction to Backpacking (2:2:0) Fee required.
121 Intermediate Trap and Skeet Shooting (2:2:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 119 or permission of instructor.
170 Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking (1:1:0) Fee required.
173 Introduction Coastal Kayaking (2:2:0) Fee required.
174 Open Water Coastal Kayaking (2:2:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 173 or permission of instructor. Fee required
175 Introduction to Rowing (1:1:0)
180 Whitewater Canoeing (2:2:0)
181 Whitewater Canoeing II (2:2:0)
190 Downhill Skiing (1:1:0)
191 Snowboarding (1:1:0)
195 Introduction to Hot Air Ballooning (2:2:0)
200 Wilderness First Responders (2:2:0)
210 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (3:3:0) Open to nonmajors. Traces the development of current concepts of recreation and leisure and their implications and consequences. Covers influences of philosophy, religion, science, economics, sociology, and politics on discretionary time and its uses.
220 Experiential Education Theory and Application (3:3:0)
221 Challenge Course Facilitator Field Work (2:2:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 220.
241 Practicum (3:0:3)Open to majors and minors only. Prerequisites: PRLS 210 and 310 for majors; PRLS 210, 310, 316, 327, and corequisite: PRLS 410 for minors. Pass/fail. Paid or voluntary work experience in a park and recreation agency. Minimum period of 10–12 weeks of part-time employment or experience. Capstone course for minors, allowing for integration and application of course work, theories, and research to a work setting. Work sites chosen among four approved sites. Includes meetings and assignments prior to and during the practicum.
250 Wilderness Travel and Sustainability (2:2:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 120.
253 Florida Everglades Canoe Expedition (3:2:1)
300 People with Nature (3:3:0) Traces philosophical evolution of perceptions of and attitudes toward nature. Examines role of philosophers, scientists, nature-writers, and artists in the shaping of environmental thought. Includes extensive reading of Emerson, Thoreau, Muir, Leopold, Carson, Wilson, and others.
302 Park Management and Operations (3:3:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 300. Focuses on management and operations of park resources, including the management of visitors and recreation development. Emphasizes understanding of contemporary threats to park integrity and preservation of resources. Also covers maintenance management systems.
310 Program Planning and Design (3:3:0) Prerequisite: PHED 200, PRLS 210, SPMT 201, or TOUR 200. Fundamental principles and techniques of the planning process for health, fitness, and recreation programs. Covers specifying an area of need; goals, objectives, and mission statement; generating solutions; and selecting a program design for implementation.
316 Outdoor Education and Leadership (3:3:0) Focuses on promotion of lifelong health and fitness via noncompetitive and informal outdoor activities. Introduces safety, skills, and leadership techniques. Covers sustainable use, conservation, and stewardship of natural resources.
317 Social Psychology of Play and Recreation (3:3:0) Applies social psychological theories and research to the study of leisure, play, and recreation behavior, including correlates, antecedents, and consequences of and constraints to these concepts.
327 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3:3:0) Covers nature and perceptions of disability and their consequences; problems of stigma, stereotype, and labeling; and principles of normalization and inclusion. Introduces therapeutic recreation model and activity assessment.
402 Human Behavior in Natural Environments (3:3:0) Prerequisites: PRLS 210 and 300, or permission of instructor, and 60 credits. Applies social and behavioral theories to management for recreational users of land and water resources. Examines deterioration and pollution of land and water, noise, crowding, and conflicts among users. Discusses strategies for mitigation of deleterious impacts and depreciative behaviors, and attitudes toward resource conservation, preservation, and use.
405 Planning, Design, and Maintenance of HFRR Facilities (3:3:0) Prerequisites: PRLS 310 or POI and 60 credits. Covers quantity, location, and design standards for facilities. Includes safety, functionality, durability, and maintenance demand criteria in planning and design; programmatic and operational objectives to be met, including user comfort and convenience, crowd management, and traffic flow; and space relationships. Includes field study of local facilities.
410 Administration of HFRR Organizations I (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 60 credits. Focuses on operation and management of health, fitness, and recreation services organizations. Covers management and leadership theories and techniques, problem-solving and decision making, organizational communications, design of organizational structures, and budgeting.
411 Administration of HFRR Organizations II (3:3:0) Prerequisites: PRLS 310, 410 and 60 credits. Focuses on planning techniques for health, fitness, and recreation organizations. Covers program and organizational marketing principles and strategies; service quality assessment and organizational evaluation techniques; and organizational financing.
416 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation (3:3:0) Prerequisites: PRLS 327. Explores the role of leisure in human development with a specific focus on needs, demands, and services for people with disabilities and illness. Presents concepts associated with leisure, aging, physical challenge, targeting leisure services, research, and public policy. Field experience required.
418 Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation (3:3:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 327 and 416. Presents methods of assessment, development of treatment program plans, and evaluation of all components. Extends program design by developing competencies in the planning approaches, individual and group assessment techniques, program evaluation, and documentation strategies for people with disabilities and illness. Field experience required.
450 Research Methods (3:3:0) Prerequisites: HEAL 323, STAT 250 and 60 credits. Covers the development of empirical research designs for both practical and theoretical problems in health, fitness, and recreation resources management. Includes literature review of hypothesized relationships, and formulation of research proposals.
460 Sport and Recreation Law (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 60 credits. Emphasizes safety, liability, and risk. Covers current law and liability issues for administrators of RHT facilities and programs.
480 Special Topics in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 60 credits. Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas of parks and outdoor recreation or therapeutic recreation.
490 Internship (12:0:12) Prerequisites: 90 credits; HEAL 205, 323 ; PHED 200; PRLS 210, 310, 316, and 410 (pass/fail). Paid or voluntary work experience in a park and recreation agency for a minimum period of 10–12 weeks of full-time employment, and 480 hours for therapeutic recreation students. Applies course work, theories, and research to work settings. Work sites are chosen by students after approval of faculty supervisors. Includes meetings and assignments before and during internship.
499 Independent Study (1-3:0:0) Prerequisite: 90 credits. Individual study of topic area in leisure research, theory, or practice under direction of faculty.
501 Introduction to Natural Resources Law (3:3:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 460 and 90 credits, graduate status, or permission of instructor. Selected legal issues involving conflicting use and preservation demands on our nationÕs limited natural resource base, particularly those involving public lands, open space, and recreation resources. Uses case studies of recent court decisions.
503 Disability Rights Law in Sport and Recreation (3:3:0) Prerequisite: PRLS 460 and 90 credits, or graduate status, or permission of instructor. Overview of several major law and policy issues related to the provision of community recreation services to special populations. Primary focus is the Americans with Disabilities Act and related federal legislation.
526 Environmental Education and Resource Interpretation (3:3:0) Prerequisites: PRLS 402 or permission of instructor, and 90 credits. Provides methods for communicating and disseminating information pertaining to the use of natural recreation resources. Covers design and implementation of educational materials and programs to enhance understanding and appreciation of cultural, historical, and natural resources.
531 Natural Resources Recreation Planning (3:3:0) Origins and evolution of recreation use philosophy, policies, and service of public estate management. Examines planning for a spectrum of opportunities, from wilderness to developed sites, with attention to financial consideration and sustainable use of cultural and visual resources.
533 Visitor Services (3:3:0) Examines motivation of resource-based recreation participants. Covers visitorsÕ expectations and perceptions, with emphasis on implication for service quality, staff training, and other management responsibilities. Discusses use and user conflicts and placement, information and interpretive service, and human and other interpretive service resources.
535 Evaluating Recreation Outcomes (3:3:0) Covers application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to the evaluation of programs provided to visitors and users of public lands for outdoor recreation. Focuses on needs assessment and application of meaningful measures for formative and summative evaluations.
560 Liability and Risk Management (3:3:0) Examines liability and risk; federal jurisdiction, legal apparatus, and decision-making; and analysis of resource-based recreation case law.
598 Special Topics (1-6:0:0) Prerequisite: 90 credits. Projects related to parks, recreation, and leisure studies. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
599 Independent Study (1-3:0:0) Prerequisite: 90 credits. Study of a problem area in parks, recreation, and leisure studies research; theory or practice under the direction of faculty member. May be repeated. No more than 3 credits may be earned.