Patton College of Education
Department of Recreation, Sport Pedagogy and Consumer Sciences
Bruce Martin, Chair
If you love learning and want to make a difference, you’ve come to the right place! We prepare you to be forever ready—ready to lead, challenge, grow, and answer your calling. And we go beyond the classroom to deliver the best preparation and education for our students.
We have a national reputation for providing individualized experiences through hands-on experiential learning opportunities. Whether you wish to be teaching all day at a local school, coaching sports, traveling to Europe to meet with fashion experts, kayaking along Cape Lookout National Seashore during a summer leadership course, or meeting with Hyatt executives or chefs, we have many opportunities for you to work in your profession before graduation.
In addition to programs at the undergraduate level, the Department provides graduate programs in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies with concentrations in Outdoor Recreation and Education and Recreation Management (on-campus) and Coaching Education (on-campus and online and soccer coaching education online). See the graduate catalog for more information.
The Department of Recreation, Sport Pedagogy and Consumer Sciences offers the following academic majors:
Customer Service Leadership Major (B.A.H.C.S.) - BS6418
Family and Consumer Sciences Education—Community Leadership Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6375
Family and Consumer Sciences Education—Teaching Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6370
Health and Physical Education Major (B.S.H.P.E.) - BS8179
Hospitality Management (B.S.H.C.S) - BS6184
Outdoor Recreation and Education Major (B.S.P.R.L.S.) - BS8176
Physical Activity and Sport Coaching (B.S.P.E.) - BS8169
Recreation Management Major (B.S.P.R.L.S.) - BS8177
Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6384
Retail and Fashion Merchandising Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6184
Sport and Lifestyle Studies (B.S.S.L.S.) - BS5512
Equine Studies Major (A.A.S.) - AA5017
Coaching Education Minor - ORCOED
Customer Service Leadership Minor - OR6380
Outdoor Recreation and Education Minor - OR8156
Recreation Management Minor - OR8109
Retail and Fashion Merchandising Minor - OR6380
Ecotourism Certificate Program
Festivals, Events, and Entertainment Management Certificate
The Department also uses a variety of Campus Recreation facilities, including the Ping Student Recreation Center, the Golf and Tennis Center, Bird (Ice) Arena, the Aquatic Center, and the Challenge Course as part of their student-centered learning environments. The strong connection with the Division of Campus Recreation allows us to provide unique learning experiences beyond the four walls of the classroom.