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School of Nursing & Kinesiology

Sport & Recreational Leadership

The sport and recreational leadership major at Anderson University aims to help young people find their niche in the sport and recreation industry. Students will take a common core of classes (21 credit hours) and then gain knowledge and experiences in specific areas of sport and recreation programming, management, business, and leadership (30 credit hours).

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Complete the 51-hour major in the Department of Kinesiology.


The minor in sport and recreational leadership aims to complement majors in areas such as exercise science, youth leadership development, criminal justice, and other fields focusing on leadership and community building.


What courses will I take?

Among the classes in the 51-hour major are:

  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Youth & Adult Sports Programming
  • Accounting, Management, & Marketing
  • Conditioning Athletes

View the complete curriculum.


What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • YMCA Staff or Director
  • Youth Sports Coach
  • Camp Staff or Director
  • Recreation Leader for Communities or Parks
  • Athletic Director
  • Sport Facilities Manager & Event Planning

Majoring in sport and recreational leadership prepares students to work in recreation and sports centers, with athletic programs, at camps, and/or in YMCAs, churches, established businesses, or as an entrepreneur.


This course of study includes many opportunities for experiential learning in and out of the classroom. As part of the major, each student also completes a final practicum in an area of sport and recreational leadership about which they are passionate.

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