The Health, Leisure, and Sports Sciences Department is an integral part of the university's whole-person philosophy. Its objectives are twofold. First, through a general education program, it seeks to assist every student in developing a personal wellness lifestyle that is conducive to optimal health fitness and well-being. Second, through a professional education program, it provides a curriculum and experiences for students to work in the health, fitness, leisure or sport management fields, teach physical education, or qualify for physical therapy or medical school.
The Leisure Science major at ORU examines the leisure programs pertinent to schools, camps, leisure centers, and churches and the methods of delivering those programs to the community. The key stages of developing a leisure program are explored as well as leadership roles in supervising and directing volunteers and other personnel within the program.
The HLSS department is located in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center. Kenneth H. Cooper, a former Air Force physician and innovator of the exercise program used by astronauts, supported this aspect of the whole-person philosophy. The Aerobics Center facility includes classrooms, an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, an indoor running track, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment for both men and women. The faculty and staff provide an encouraging environment for students to learn and participate in activities that will provide enjoyable leisure and fitness on a regular basis.
With a degree in Leisure Science, several career options are available. A few of the options you may consider include:
- Parks, recreation, and leisure facilities management.
- Leisure management.
- Leisure products or services marketing operations.
- Travel and tourism industry.
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Last updated December 6, 2017