Recreation Management & Policy

A recreation management and policy class being conducted outdoors on the Durham campus

Explore the Department of Recreation Management & Policy

The Department of Recreation Management and Policy prepares students for rewarding careers in a variety of settings throughout the recreation industry. Students can pursue undergraduate degrees in Therapeutic Recreation, Program and Event Management, or Outdoor Leadership and Management, and graduate degrees in Recreation Therapy, Recreation Administration, or Adaptive Sports.

Lecturer Nate Fitch with outdoor leadership and management students

Outdoor Leadership and Management

Outdoor Leadership and Management

The outdoor leadership and management program prepares students for work in outdoor and experiential education programs, parks, and public or commercial recreation settings.

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Program and Event Management

Program and Event Management

A program and event management degree prepares students for rewarding careers in festival and event planning, tourism, and community recreation and sport.

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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

The therapeutic recreation program is rooted in the belief that purposeful activities can improve the well-being of people of all ages who are facing physical, mental, cognitive or emotional challenges.

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  • Climbing her way to success in the outdoor industry
    Isabelle Zytka '23 is a Recreation Management and Policy major from West Hartford, Connecticut. 
    Climbing her way to success in the outdoor industry
    Isabelle Zytka '23 is a Recreation Management and Policy major from West Hartford, Connecticut. 
  • Name: Kyla Madden  Hometown: Belchertown, Massachusetts  Major: Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation Administration  Graduation Year: 2019  How would you explain your major? Therapeutic Recreation is the purposeful use of recreation activities to improve function and quality of...
    Name: Kyla Madden  Hometown: Belchertown, Massachusetts  Major: Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation Administration  Graduation Year: 2019  How would you explain your major? Therapeutic Recreation is the purposeful use of recreation activities to improve function and quality of...
  • Meet an ACE Mentor
    Name: Caroline Wilson  Hometown: Durham, NH  Major: Recreation Management and Policy, Program and Event Management with an emphasis in Hospitality Graduation Year: 2021 Why be an ACE Mentor? What attracted you towards the position?  I remember feeling so confused coming in as a freshman. I had an...
    Meet an ACE Mentor
    Name: Caroline Wilson  Hometown: Durham, NH  Major: Recreation Management and Policy, Program and Event Management with an emphasis in Hospitality Graduation Year: 2021 Why be an ACE Mentor? What attracted you towards the position?  I remember feeling so confused coming in as a freshman. I had an...
  • Meet an ACE Mentor
    Name: Luke O’ConnellHometown: Huntington Beach, CAMajor: Recreation Management and Policy/HistoryGraduation Year: 2021 Why be an ACE Mentor? What attracted you towards the position? I wanted to first be able to help CHHS freshmen become more comfortable at UNH and encourage them to branch out, and...
    Meet an ACE Mentor
    Name: Luke O’ConnellHometown: Huntington Beach, CAMajor: Recreation Management and Policy/HistoryGraduation Year: 2021 Why be an ACE Mentor? What attracted you towards the position? I wanted to first be able to help CHHS freshmen become more comfortable at UNH and encourage them to branch out, and...
  • Saying Yes to New Opportunities
    I did my undergrad at UNH and got a bachelor’s in psychology. During my sophomore year, I took RMP 490: Rec. & Leisure in Society, thinking it would be an interesting elective. During a class one of the TR faculty came in and gave a presentation on Therapeutic Recreation as a major at UNH and...
    Saying Yes to New Opportunities
    I did my undergrad at UNH and got a bachelor’s in psychology. During my sophomore year, I took RMP 490: Rec. & Leisure in Society, thinking it would be an interesting elective. During a class one of the TR faculty came in and gave a presentation on Therapeutic Recreation as a major at UNH and...

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