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Community and Commercial Recreation Degree Program

School of Sport Sciences


Wingate University community and commercial recreation majors are active. In the classroom, they spend time learning the theory and practice that goes into producing quality recreational programs, while they’re also engaged in numerous hands-on experiential learning opportunities on and off campus.

A key part of the community and commercial recreation experience is a full-time summer internship between your junior and senior years. As part of the process of applying for an internship, you get the chance to update your résumé and learn networking techniques from alumni in the recreation, leisure and sport industry. By the time you graduate, you will have at least 400 hours of field experience, including the six-credit-hour summer internship.


Recreation and leisure is a $400+ billion per year industry, the third largest retail industry, and the second largest employer in the United States. 

Employment opportunities are varied and include:

  • municipal settings (local parks and recreation departments)
  • community-based agencies (YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs)
  • commercial organizations (Carowinds, US National Whitewater Center)
  • youth serving agencies (summer camps, after school programs)
  • outdoor recreation (National Park Service, game warden)
  • hospitality (cruise lines, resorts)


Completing this bachelor of science degree requires 51-53 credit hours of core curriculum, 33 hours of major-related courses, 6 hours each of sociology, psychology, health and physical education and 21 hours of electives.

Community and Commercial Recreation Four-Year Plan

The Four Year Academic Plans are standard templates for how a degree can be completed in eight (8) consecutive Fall & Spring semesters.  There is varying flexibility in the exact course sequence depending upon individual student circumstances, major curriculum and course availability.  Students should consult with their Faculty Advisor for course sequencing, degree planning and other considerations.  Students are ultimately responsible for their degree planning.