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Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies students study in Costa Rica

Did you know that there is a major in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) called "Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies"? This major is designed for students who have a interest in enhancing people's recreational lives (anything outside of work). I first learned about the program when I entered CEHD as a junior studying Human Resource Development.

Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies allows students to conduct hands-on activites in their curriculum to gain a thorough understanding of the principles of cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. They also study the application of these principles to different age groups, such as enrichment programs for students k-12, or adults looking for new and alternative ways to stay mentally and/or physically fit.

This past fall, students in the Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies major had an awesome opportunity to travel to the beautiful country of Costa Rica as part of course called "Outdoor Programming and Environmental Education." Students and Program Director Connie Magnuson spent winter break combining their curriculum with cultural experiences. Check out this slideshow of photos from their trip: Costa Rica Study Abroad.

Study abroad opportunities are available to students in any major at the U of M--in fact, the University is home to one of the largest study abroad programs in the nation! To learn more, visit the U of M Learning Abroad website

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