Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Bachelor of Arts in Sports &
Recreation Administration

The Sport and Recreation Administration program at The University of Mississippi prepares students for a broad range of sport, parks, recreation, tourism, and health related professions through a curriculum that focuses on an experiential and interdisciplinary approach. All students will receive a core education that prepares them for certification by the National Recreation and Parks Association as Certified Park and Recreation Professionals

Students will choose one of two emphases within the program, sport or recreation.  Each emphasis shares a 27-30 hour SRA core and an additional 12 hours for the emphasis.  Please check out the degree program outline (PDF) for the exact coursework needed to complete your degree.

 

 

 

Sport Emphasis

Students choosing the Sport Emphasis will be prepared for internships and front-line positions within professional, semi-professional, collegiate, community and university sport-related positions within the Public, Private and Not-For-Profit sectors.  Specific jobs one might be qualified for with an appropriate minor include but are not limited to:   

  • Sports Blogger
  • Player Appearances
  • Season Ticket Management
  • Web Master
  • Market Research
  • Sports Camp Director
  • Brand Management
  • Social Networking/Community Management.
  • Sports Events Planning
  • Compliance Professional
  • Public Relations
  • Sports Equipment and Supply
  • Youth Sports Organizations
  • Legal Services
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resort/Club Management
  • Digital Video Editor
  • Olympic Involvement
  • Race Management
  • Internet Production
  • Sports Promotions
  • Sponsorship
  • Hospitality Specialist
  • Fan Development/Fan Club Management
  • Sales
  • Sports Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Concessions Management

Recreation Emphasis

Students choosing the Recreation Emphasis will be prepared for internships and front-line positions within parks, outdoors, camps, church-based, campus, community, military, club, therapeutic, and special event planning positions within the Public, Private and Not-For-Profit sectors.  Specific jobs one might be qualified for with an appropriate minor include but are not limited to many of the aforementioned sport emphasis positions and:   

  • Park Ranger
  • Recreation Program Supervisor 
  • Park Manager 
  • Senior Center Coordinator 
  • Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Health and Wellness Instructor 
  • Field Instructor  
  • Parks and Recreation Director 
  • Camp Supervisor 
  • Natural Resources Superintendent
  • Outdoor Educator Instructor
  • Cultural Arts Manager
  • Golf Course Manager 
  • Aquatics Director
  • Tourism Director
  • Community Planner
  • Landscape Maintenance

Approved Minors

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 an approved minor to augment their sport and recreation major to further strengthen their professional credentials.  Below are approved minors (subject to change, check with your advisor).

African American Studies
Biological Science
International Studies
Digital Media Studies
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
Geology
Mass Media and Communications
Political Science
Psychology
Public Policy Leadership
Accountancy
Business Administration
Sociology
Modern Language

 

UM Catalog List of Minors

Contact:

Kim R Beason

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

Email hpbeason@olemiss.edu
Phone +1 (662) 915-5555
Office 225 Turner Center
Contact

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