Community and Therapeutic Recreation

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Majors & Concentrations

  • Community Recreation and Special Event Planning (BS) U442
  • Therapeutic Recreation (BS) U413

About the major

  • The Community Recreation and Event Planning concentration will prepare you to plan, implement, market, and manage recreation programs and events in the public, nonprofit, private, and for-profit sectors in recreation/leisure and health-related industries. Career opportunities for our graduates include positions as an event planner, recreation center director, recreation program planner, aquatics director, park manager, youth and adult sports coordinator, campus recreation manager, sporting event planner, or owner of a commercial recreation business.
  • The Therapeutic Recreation concentration is designed to prepare you for entry-level jobs at the specialist and supervisory levels of practice. Graduates are prepared to enter professional practice as certified and licensed recreational therapists providing treatment, transitional treatment, and community inclusion services in settings such as acute-care hospitals, behavioral health, rehabilitation, corrections, schools, long-term care, adult day care, and community-based recreation agencies.

Why you should major in community and therapeutic recreation

  • Predicted employment growth by 2022: 13 percent in therapeutic recreation, 14 percent in recreation, and 33 percent in event planning (U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-14).
  • A study conducted by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reported parks and recreation and physical fitness majors had the third-lowest unemployment rate among college graduates in May 2013.
  • The U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified parks and recreation services as a critical solution to health challenges facing our nation. CTR students will join a dynamic field that is an integral part of the health, wellness, and quality of life of people and communities.
  • CTR students are taught a broad range of skills, including management, leadership, program planning, community inclusion, healthy living, and recreation service provision and evaluation for individuals and groups of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

CTR Student Club: This club develops and maintains a social and professional network among undergraduate students of the department. In addition, the club is known for its community engagement and service through volunteering and coordinating fundraising events.

Student Opportunities

  • Fieldwork and volunteer opportunities offer hands-on practical experience in myriad professional and community settings appropriate to the student’s career goals.
  • Professional development opportunities include workshops and conferences.
  • In-service learning and fieldwork provide students with opportunities to begin building their professional network prior to graduation.
  • Undergraduate research assistantships are available to support students as they gain valuable research experience by working with faculty members.
  • UNCG offers extensive and affordable study abroad opportunities.


  • Career options include (but are not limited to) the following: therapeutic recreation specialist, recreation programmer, aquatic therapist, athletic program supervisor, inclusion facilitator, campus recreation coordinator, community center manager, event planner, park manager, senior center coordinator, and youth activity director.
  • Graduates may also pursue master’s and doctoral degrees at other universities and colleges.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

  • Program accredited since 1981 by the National Recreation and Park Association's Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions.
  • Faculty credentialed and nationally recognized as exemplary teachers, advisers, and scholars.
  • Faculty awards include teaching excellence awards and national research awards.

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