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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Recreation Service Program at West Virginia State University is to prepare students and graduates with the knowledge and skills to assume positions delivering leisure programs to communities, health organizations, schools, non-profit agencies, and businesses.  The Department also promotes the concept of life-long healthy living through positive health, life time survival skills, and wellness and fitness practices among students, faculty, staff and the community.


The philosophy that is the foundation of the Recreation Service Degree Program focuses on the utilization of leisure as a resource to assist community agencies, families, individual schools, and others in developing a healthy, fulfilling and balanced lifestyle.  Students take course work which provides them opportunities to learn skills in planning and programming, leadership and management, marketing and evaluation, which enable them to become effective recreation professionals.

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