Comparative Analysis of Recreation Management Curricula Among Doctoral-Granting Universities

David T. Rolfe, John R. Malmo, Bo Li


Currently, there are 16 universities granting doctoral degrees in recreation or leisure in the United States. These universities offer differing degrees amongst differing colleges and with different names; each university requires a specific number of total credit hours, research/statistic credit hours, and a “core” set of classes to complete for graduation. This study explores the various programs. Mixed methodology is used to derive meaning from the data; central tendencies for credits and qualitative coding to produce salient themes among the core classes. Threshold Capability Integrated Theoretical Framework was applied to make greater sense of curriculum development in a recreation setting. Finally, a geographic analysis of degree programs was conducted to add richness to the study.

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