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Minor in Therapeutic Recreation

Contact Person:
Adam Wheeler
110A Dunn Hall, (315) 267-2312,

The Therapeutic Recreation minor will prepare students to assist special populations (those with physical, emotional or intellectual challenges) to engage in backcountry recreation activities. Activities such as hiking, camping and other outdoor activities are a means for special populations to use their leisure time in engaging, healthy and meaningful ways.

A minimum of 18 hours of credit is required of all students seeking a Therapeutic Recreation minor. Students must earn at least a 2.0 in each course to receive credit for the minor.

This minor is open to all students regardless of major. Students may use (i.e., “double count”) only two courses to fulfill requirements for both the minor and their major.

To declare the Therapeutic Recreation minor, contact the chair of the Department of Community Health or the Wilderness Education Coordinator.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Core Courses (Credits 9)
HLTH/WILD 200 Therapeutic Recreation
WILD 160 Introduction to Rock Climbing (1 credit)
WILD 360 Leadership in Adventure Education
HLTH 479 Minor Seminar: Therapeutic Recreation Section (2 credits)

Electives: three of the following (Credits 9)
HLTH 165 Health: A Lifestyles Approach
HLTH 250 Drug Studies
HLTH 325 Alcohol Studies
HLTH 430 Human Disease
PSYC 220 Child Development
PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 322 Mental Retardation
PSYC 323 Adulthood, Middle Age and Aging
PSYC 364 Counseling Theory and Methods
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 376 Child Psychopathology
SOCI 335 Sociology of Aging
SOCI 385 Sociology of Troubled Youth
SOCI 390 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOCI 465 Sociology of Health and Illness