Welcome to the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies!

Applied Health Sciences - Recreation & Leisure Studies

Welcome to the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies!

Since 1981, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has been an established leader in undergraduate and graduate education.

Our programs are designed to qualify graduates for a wide range of positions in the rapidly expanding field of recreation and leisure services. You can find our graduates working in an extensive variety of recreation and leisure service provision agencies around the world – we are proud of them!

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 and leisure behaviours. We also strive to provide students with plenty of hand-on, experiential learning opportunities to help connect theory with practice!

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, learning and research.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

The Department offers concentrations in Community Recreation, Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation. Additionally, our undergraduate students are exposed to the underlying knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be a successful recreation and leisure services professional through our Core Curriculum. For more information, click the links below:

Community Recreation
Outdoor Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation
Core Curriculum

Graduate Program

Through the Graduate Program in Applied Health Sciences, we offer a Master of Arts degree in Leisure Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social and Cultural Health Studies. In both of these degree programs, you can focus your program of study and research on a wide variety of topics related to recreation and leisure studies. For specifics on the program and for more about finding a supervisor, please visit:

Prospective Graduate Students
Faculty and Staff

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about the programs we offer, our experiential learning opportunities, and what our current students and alumni have accomplished.