Recreation Management & Policy

UNH Recreation Management and Policy students on the climbing wall at UNH

Explore the Department of Recreation Management & Policy

The Department of Recreation Management and Policy provides an academically challenging program of undergraduate, graduate and professional education coupled with a solid foundation of the liberal arts, preparing graduates for a range of professional opportunities in programming, management and clinical service.

NEW - This Fall, the Outdoor Education and Leadership major will merge with the Department of Recreation Management and Policy and transition to the new Outdoor Leadership and Management Option.

This new major option is designed for students interested in outdoor education, adventure programming, outdoor recreation, parks and protected areas, youth and after-school programming, conservation and related professions.  UNH is the leading university in New England for students pursuing careers in the outdoor industry. This option will capitalize on the strengths and assets of the Outdoor Education and Leadership major while expanding into the growing outdoor recreation and resource management fields. Students in this major will earn a bachelor of science in Recreation Management and Policy – Outdoor Leadership and Management.

The outdoor education program at UNH is the oldest continually accredited outdoor leadership major in the country, with an excellent reputation and prominent alumni working in every aspect of the Outdoor Industry.  The Department of Recreation Management and Policy has been accredited with the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions since the early 1980s, and is nationally-known for its Therapeutic Recreation and Program and Event Management programs.

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For more information please contact program coordinator Nate Fitch, Nate.Fitch@unh.edu

  • 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...
  • I was accepted into UNH as an undeclared student, hoping to pursue a major in marketing. As I began my first semester as a student in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA), I soon gravitated away from marketing and toward the Communication Department because I knew I wanted to work with people. During...
    I was accepted into UNH as an undeclared student, hoping to pursue a major in marketing. As I began my first semester as a student in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA), I soon gravitated away from marketing and toward the Communication Department because I knew I wanted to work with people. During...

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