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University of Mississippi

Bachelor of Arts in
Recreation Administration

UndergradsThe Recreation Administration program at The University of Mississippi prepares students for a broad range of leisure, recreation, tourism, sport and health related professions through a curriculum that focuses on a liberal arts education featuring experiential and interdisciplinary focus. Furthermore, the National Recreation and Parks Association accredited curriculum prepares students to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRP) or Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) immediately after graduation.  Students are presented with the most contemporary knowledge and practices to manage leisure and recreation programs to improve the health and well-being of all people.  Students must complete either the Therapeutic Recreation Track or an approved minor to augment their park and recreation core competencies and further strengthen their professional credentials.  Below are examples of  paired minors and the career paths students may choose.

Approved Minor


Possible Career Opportunity

Biological Science


Park Rangers, Park Interpretation, Fisheries and Wildlife, Camp Leadership

International Studies


Governmental Recreation, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Peace Corps



Park and Recreation Administration, Commercial Recreation Not-for profit Agencies



Advanced Degrees in Parks and Recreation, General recreation



Park Rangers, Park Interpretation, Fisheries and Wildlife, Camp Leadership

Mass Media and Communications


Sports Recreation, Sports Communication, Commercial Recreation

Political Science


Public Park and Recreation agencies



Therapeutic Recreation

 Public Policy Leadership


State, County and National Governmental Recreation agencies



Commercial recreation, sports-related recreation, not-for-profit recreation

 Business Administration


Commercial recreation, sports-related recreation.



Youth and Older Adult recreation programs

 Modern Language


Bi-lingual recreation and international recreation positions

Therapeutic Recreation Track


Community and Clinical Therapeutic Recreation agencies, Schools



Kim Beason, Ed.D., CPRP

Associate Professor of Park & Recreation Management
Director, Senior Aquatics Therapy Program

Ed.D. University of Arkansas

Phone: +1-662-915-5555
Office: Turner Center

Areas of Interest

  • Aquatic Exercise
  • Aquatics for Older Adults
  • Aquatics for Special Populations
  • Aquatics Safety
  • Conservation Management, Fish and Wildlife Protection
  • Conservation Management, Law Enforcement Education
  • Cpr and First Aid Instructor and Instructor Trainer
  • Economic Impact of Leisure
  • Recreational Programs/Marketing
  • Fantasy Sport Market
  • Leisure Consumer Behaviors
  • Lifeguarding and Water Safety
  • Recreation and Special Event Planning
  • Recreational Programs, Planning and Development
  • Sport, Recreation and Tourism
  • Tourism and Recreation
  • Tourism and Rural Development
  • Water Safety
  • Youth and Teen Leisure Markets