Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Bachelor of Arts in
Recreation Administration

The 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 R Beason

Professor of Park and Recreation Management and Director of Senior Aquatics Therapy Program
Health, Exercise Science & Recreation Management

Phone +1 (662) 915-5555
Office 225 Turner Center

Degrees & Expertise

BSCriminal Justice
School of the Ozarks / Point Lookout, Missouri (1983)
MEDLeisure Management
University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, Arkansas (1987)
EDDPhysical Education
University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, Arkansas (1990)
Areas of Expertise
  • Aquatic Exercise
  • Aquatics for Older Adults
  • Conservation Management, Fish and Wildlife Protection
  • Cpr and First Aid
  • Economic Impact of Leisure
  • Fantasy Sport Market
  • Professionalism and Credentialing
  • Recreation and Special Event Planning
  • Recreational Programs, Planning and Development
  • Sport, Recreation and Tourism
  • Water Safety