B.S. Recreation Management
With a four-year degree in Recreation Management, you can work in a wide variety of private and public recreation settings including parks, health clubs, retirement communities, convention & sports centers and more depending upon the track you select. In addition, the program provides an excellent foundation for entrance into graduate school.
The LHU Recreation Management Department is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association (2006)
Fitness Management Track
This track prepares you for a career in university strength and conditioning programs/athletics, corporate fitness centers, hospital wellness centers, health/wellness clubs, and personal training. Graduates are qualified to do fitness assessments; design and prescribe exercise programs; teach aerobics; and be personal trainers, group exercise leaders and strength and conditioning coaches. The program prepares graduates for certification by several national organizations.
If you like the outdoors, this track will prepare you for a career in recreation planning and environmental interpretation and as a park ranger, state or national park manager, outdoor/environmental educator, camp director, or outdoor leader. A program of natural science, programming theory and resource management skills ensures that graduates are able to understand, use and preserve our nation's natural resources.
You will be taught to plan and promote recreation programs with an emphasis on leadership, marketing and business skills to prepare for a career in:
University/college recreation programs
Sport facility management
YMCA/YWCA/Boys and Girls Clubs
Community recreation centers
Special events planning
If you are interested in working with people with disabilities, youth at risk or older adults, you may choose to follow the Therapeutic Recreation track. This track is designed to prepare you to work in a variety of settings. The course work meets the requirements for the NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) exam.
Many of our graduates have continued their studies toward advanced degrees. Some of the schools our recent graduates have been accepted to include: Penn State, Clemson, Marywood, Slippery Rock, East Stroudsburg and Michigan State.
Through the Lock Haven University Study Abroad Program, you may choose to complete part of your college education at one of our partner universities in countries such as England, Australia, Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Mexico. You may also choose to participate in faculty-led short-term or summer international learning experiences.
In two required internships, you will get hands-on experience in real life situations which will be invaluable for future employment or entrance into graduate school. The first internship is five weeks and a minimum of 120 hours, providing insight into the field of recreation. The second internship during your senior year is a full semester with a minimum of 400 to 480 hours, providing professional field experience.
Some recent internships have been with:
Bryce Jordan Center
Ricketts Glen State Park
Bald Eagle State Park
Morale, Welfare & Recreation: U.S. Navy: Guam, S. Carolina
PSU Strength Training
Jackson Hole, WY
Chamber of Commerce
PA Fish & Boat Commission
& Health Center
Cedar Crest Assisted Living
Olympic Training Center
Our recent graduates have found employment
in a wide variety of jobs including:
Gander Mountain - Assistant Store Manager
Upper Dublin Parks & Recreation - Recreation Specialist
Bald Eagle State Park -
Environmental Education Specialist
Little Pine State Park - Park Ranger
Jackson Hole, WY -
Special Events Coordinator
Mohonk House, New Paltz, NY -
Director of Recreation
Campbell Soup Corporation -
Geisinger Health Plan -
Corporate Wellness Director, Certified
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Hunterdon School District - Strength/Conditioning Coach
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission -
U.S. Navy - Special Events Coordinator
FBI - Director of Physical Training
is great because of
the broad range of opportunities, the hands on experiences, the helpful professors, the overall enthusiasm of everyone, and the idea that no matter what track is studied, you focus on helping others and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for all.”
Lauren Blum '09
“The Lock Haven Recreation Management major has played an
incredible role in my life. The help and guidance from the faculty that
I received helped me to get on the right path
to a great career.”
“The faculty in the department are
passionate about teaching, experienced in their field of study, and truly understand the academic needs of students. With small class sizes and individual attention, our faculty can nurture students to help
Professor Kim Batty
As part of the “learning through community involvement” philosophy of LHU, you will complete 50 hours of community service. This may include helping with trail maintenance or river clean up, working with a community organization or helping in the creation and delivery of recreation programs. Our students consistently remark that the hours spent volunteering provide valuable learning experiences.
There is an abundance of modern equipment throughout the LHU campus including the Rec Center with climbing wall, state-of-theart exercise equipment, cardio room, weights and more. Rogers Gymnasium has a renovated weight room and there is a high- and low rope challenge course along the edge of campus. Classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards for easy integration of the Internet and PowerPoint into class work. The Mackeyville Environmental Center and the Pennsylvania Wilds Program provide unique opportunities for off-campus learning experiences.
The quality of your education depends on the quality of the faculty. At LHU, you will be taught by professors who are dedicated to your success, not graduate assistants. All Recreation Management faculty have doctoral or master's degrees and have worked in their fields, bringing real world experience into your classroom. They are always available to help you understand the coursework and answer your questions.
Lenny Long, Associate Professor, Dept. Chair
107 Himes Hall, (570) 484-2573
M.Ed. - Health, Phys. Ed. and Recreation, Trenton State College
Kimberly Batty, Instructor
M.S. - Leisure Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Judy Elliott, Assistant Professor
M.S. - Recreation and Parks, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Steve Guthrie, Assistant Professor
M.A. - Physical Education: Adaptive, Outdoor Recreation, University of Oregon
Ph.D. - Human Movement Studies, University of Oregon
Dr. Julie Lammel, Assistant Professor
M. S. - Leisure Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. - Leisure Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Rose Ann Neff, Professor
M.S. - Physical Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. - Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Jeff Walsh, Associate Professor
M.S. - Recreation and Parks Management, SUNY at Cortland
Ph.D. - Leisure Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Brian Wilt, Assistant Professor
M.S. - Kinesiology, Michigan State University
Ph.D. - Curriculum & Instruction, The Pennsylvania State University