The Recreation program at Young Harris College is firmly based in the liberal arts tradition with an emphasis on the critical thinking and communication skills. We strive to meet an increasing demand for well-educated professionals capable of delivering a broad range of recreational services. Students are prepared to enter the next stage of your education with a strong understanding of the essential components of planning, coordinating, executing and evaluating leisure opportunities and experiences. Students also develop the skills for leisure facilitation—the process of providing and supporting opportunities for people to pursue health and well-being and, in the end, adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Recreation is playing an evolving role in the emerging area of fitness, wellness and health promotion and has always been a player in the "prevention" approach to well-being. It is believed that in the next several years technological advances will continue to reduce both time at work and in the household. Due to increased life expectancy and earlier retirement, more than fifty percent of a lifetime could be spent pursuing leisure interests. Providing services to satisfy leisure time is becoming an ever-more important component of our society, so the field of Recreation is becoming increasingly lucrative and rewarding.