Welcome to the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies

Applied Health Sciences - Recreation & Leisure Studies

Welcome to the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies

In the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, we integrate and apply knowledge from philosophy, psychology, sociology, geography, health studies, and environmental studies to understand recreation, leisure and leisure behaviour.
Our commitment to integrity, respect for diversity and inclusiveness, and the value and importance of recreation and leisure in society is the foundation for imaginative and innovative scholarship in teaching and research.

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Description
The Recreation & Leisure Studies program provides you with a multidisciplinary perspective that balances theory, research, practical skill development and leadership with knowledge specific to the many facets of the recreation and leisure service field including Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Geography and the Environment.
This program is designed to qualify you for a wide range of positions in the rapidly expanding field of recreation and leisure services. It allows you to tailor your own program to meet specific needs of a workplace (e.g. management, administration, entrepreneurship) or to focus on your own specific interests.
Courses can be chosen from the Community, Outdoor and Therapeutic Recreation concentrations.
You can choose to pursue a General (Three Year) Degree or specialize in one of our three concentration areas to complete a four year Degree:

Community Recreation 
Outdoor Recreation 
Therapeutic Recreation

Three Year General Degree & Core Courses required for all RECLS students

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements: Required 4U Subject: English (ENG4U). 
Expected Cut-off: Mid 70s
Program Plan: To see the courses required for degree completion and read the full course descriptions - Check the online Undergraduate Course Calendar or contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.
Faculty: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS)
Department: Recreation & Leisure Studies (RECL)
Level: Undergraduate studies

Transfer Students

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies also welcomes students who are looking to extend an existing college diploma into a university degree in the field.
Brock University/ Colleges Articulation Agreements
Centennial College, Fanshawe College, Mohawk College, and Niagara College Recreation and Leisure Services Program Diploma graduates who have achieved a minimum 75 percent overall average will be granted up to seven and one-half credits, as determined by the Office of the Registrar at Brock, towards their BRLS degree.
Canadore College, Conestoga College, Humber College, Loyalist College and Sir Sanford Fleming College Recreation and Leisure Services Program Diploma graduates who have achieved a minimum of 75 percent overall average will be granted up to six and one-half credits, as determined by the Office of the Registrar at Brock, towards their BRLS degree.
Brock BRLS pass degree students, who have obtained a minimum 65 percent average, may complete their Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma at Canadore College, Centennial College, Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, Humber College, Loyalist College, Mohawk College, Niagara College or Sir Sanford Fleming College in two semesters as full-time students.

Potential Careers

The recreation sector offers graduates exciting opportunities to pursue careers with a wide variety of organizations:
• Sport & Active Living: Community, provincial and national sport; health promotion organizations; campus recreation in post secondary institutions; fitness and health centres; golf courses; curling clubs; gymnastics clubs; racquet clubs; ice arenas; aquatic centres; ski and snowboard centres; community sport councils.
• Government Agencies: Federal, provincial, regional and municipal agencies in areas such as tourism, recreation, health, education, natural resources, economic development, correctional services and social services.
• Not for Profit : YM-YWCAs; settlement houses for new Canadians; Boys' and Girls' Clubs; children's camps; older adult centres; child care centres; group homes; agencies meeting the needs of the homeless and families living in poverty.
• Therapeutic & Inclusive Community Recreation: Nursing homes; retirement villas; hospitals; sport for people with disabilities; social service organizations.
• Outdoor Recreation: Provincial, national, city or private parks; nature centres; residential camps; ecotourism companies; adventure tourism companies, outfitters, adventure recreation service providers, wilderness travel agencies.
• Arts, Culture & Heritage Museums: art galleries; theatres; cultural centres; historic sites.
• Travel & Tourism Organizations: Visitor and convention bureaus; accommodations; resorts; cruise ships; tourism facilities; event and conference planning firms; theme parks.
* Please note that some careers may require additional professional or graduate qualifications.