Jun 20, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Sport and Lifestyle Studies (B.S.S.L.S.)

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Major code BS5512

Patton College of Education  
Recreation and Sport Pedagogy   
McCracken Hall 202
Athens, OH 45701


Kathy Normansell, contact person


Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Lifestyle Studies is a liberal arts degree offered through Ohio University’s Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy on the Eastern campus, Lancaster campus, Pickerington Center, and Zanesville campus. The degree is intended to prepare graduates for meaningful employment in the field of sports and recreation. The core didactic requirements introduce the foundations of sport, recreation, health/wellness, and ethics. They also provide theoretical and practical development in the areas of leadership and management. The extra departmental and professional requirement components allow students to choose from a variety of activity courses designed to build their personal recreation and sports skills; select from a choice of introductory business courses; select from a choice of biological science courses; and select from upper level courses in related discipline offerings. In addition to these 63 semester hours of core major requirements, the degree requires the completion of a minor or certificate selected in consultation with an Academic Advisor. Students who follow advising guidelines may be able to complete two minors or a double major. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management is particularly well-suited as a second major. The Bachelor of Science in Sport & Lifestyle Studies may also serve as a degree completion program for transfer students with an associate degree with a sport, recreation, or fitness emphasis. The flexibility in course selection allows students to tailor the degree towards their personal interests, as well as their projected community needs, thus enhancing their potential to meet community job market demands.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond Ohio University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements. Students must receive a C or higher in any major required course.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students transferring with an Associate Degree from another institution may seek
written permission from the Program Coordinator to waive the minor requirement.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the Sport and Lifestyle Studies Program will be prepared for work in a variety of sport and activity settings including youth sports leagues, senior centers, nursing homes, community recreation centers, commercial recreation settings, and government parks and recreation departments. By integrating the fields of sport, recreation and health, along with a selected minor, the SLS degree will offer a unique program that will be highly adaptable to the regional Appalachian communities served by the five RHE campuses of Ohio University.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the sport and lifestyle studies major, students will be:

  • Knowledgeable of the value of sport and physical activity to the individual and society.
  • Able to utilize professional materials to implement sport and physical activity programs.
  • Competent in administrative skills including budgeting, record keeping, data assessment, and program marketing/promotion.
  • Knowledgeable in the rules and skill development for a variety of sport and recreation programs and be able to adapt to various populations including youth and seniors.
  • Able to demonstrate effective leadership of sports and physically active games for individuals and groups of varying ages and abilities.
  • Knowledgeable of ethical and legal practices which apply to the sport and physical activity settings and scope of practice.
  • Able to demonstrate effective skills in written and oral communication.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Major Hours Requirement

The Sport and Lifestyle Studies program requires a minimum of 120 hours.

Field Experience

Complete one of the following:

Extra Departmental and Professional Requirements

Business Requirements

Conplete one of the following:

Biological Sciences Requirement

Complete one of the following:

Activity Courses Requirement

Complete a minimum of 3 different one hour courses from any 1000-level PED offerings.

Complete a minimum of 3 different one hour courses from any 1000-level REC offerings.

Upper Level Requirements

Complete a minimum of 6 additional hours at the 3000 or 4000-level from the following subject areas: COED, COMS, HLTH, REC, PETE, PSY, SAM, and SLS. Upper level courses from other departments may fulfill this requirement with written approval from the Program Coordinator.

Minor/Certificate Requirement

All SLS majors are required to complete a minor or certificate program under consultation with their advisor. Students transferring to Ohio University with an associate or baccalaureate degree may apply in writing to the Program Coordinator to have the minor/certificate requirement waived.


Complete additional courses to fulfill 120 hours University graduation requirement.

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