The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in recreation management and youth leadership that provides the classroom knowledge and clinical experience needed for careers (and professional certification) in recreation management and youth leadership as well as recreation therapy.
The program stresses the development of programming, leadership, and management skills in organizing, planning, and budgeting within professional, nonprofit, collegiate, youth, and public recreation and sport programs. Students in recreation therapy focus their learning and skill development in areas of health care such physical rehabilitation, mental health, and long-term care.
Coursework includes a required foundation and professional core—plus a concentration selected from the following areas:
In addition, all students complete a fieldwork experience prior to an internship.
Experiential education and leadership opportunities are major parts of the program. A few examples include projects with local agencies, off-site practicum experiences (with sport, park and recreation, and recreation therapy agencies), and internships.
The department has its own student organizations, KRS Club. In addition, the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association focuses on students with an interest in the nonprofit sector.
Upon graduation, students qualify for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Examination, the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Examination, or the Certificate in Nonprofit Professional (CNP).
Our graduates serve in professional, nonprofit, collegiate, youth, and public recreation and sport programs.
Graduates specializing in each of the major's two concentrations enjoy a variety of career opportunities. In many ways it is true that students are limited in employment only by their imagination, creativity, and aggressiveness.
The department supports each student's pursuit of a career by encouraging attendance at conferences and workshops where they have the opportunity to meet practitioners in their chosen field.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport offers a variety of scholarships.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.