Athletics and Recreation


Students playing games outside

Be part of the growing field of athletics and recreation

Outdoor recreation in the United States is over a $450 billion industry. The Bachelor of Arts in athletics and recreation degree at Trine University prepares you for a rewarding career in national, state, or local recreation.

The degree: Learn to work with youth and adults

As an athletics and recreation major, you will be ready to lead all types of participatory sports or recreation programs. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in athletics and recreation program are trained to manage people and resources in recreation, and develop skills to work in settings throughout the industry. 

The degree also prepares you to work in programs for adults, including adult education, senior programs and programming for those with disabilities.

The Bachelor of Arts in athletics and recreation program is part of Trine University’s Center for Sports Studies.

The experience: Relevant topics and practical experience

You will take courses including topics in sport management, communication, and exercise science, developing knowledge in fields such as:

  • Coaching
  • Sport skills instruction
  • Leadership
  • Event planning
  • Budgeting
  • Risk management
  • Management
  • Athletic training

The result: Be prepared to lead athletics and recreational programming

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in athletics and recreation program at Trine University are prepared to create and administer recreational programs and to succeed in leadership roles in coaching and recreational programming or administration. You also will know the requirements to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to maximize athletic performance.

Career possibilities include:

  • Amateur athletics such as AAU
  • College sports, including intramurals, club sports and fitness programming
  • Employee recreation sports for business or industry
  • Military recreation
  • Municipal parks and recreation departments
  • Resort/tourism settings
  • Nonprofit agencies such as the YMCA, YWCA and Boys and Girls Clubs

Additional Information


One of the most unique requirements of the Bachelor of arts in athletics and recreation degree is that each student must complete two internships in the field before graduation to further their career opportunities. Possible internship sites include:
  • Steuben County YMCA
  • Pokagon State Park
  • Coldwater Parks and Recreation Department
  • Jellystone Park
  • Doyle Community Center
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.

Program Information


BA in Athletics and Recreation

Program Feature

Lifetime Guarantee


120 hours



Campus Location

Angola, IN