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Sports and Recreation Leadership Studies

The sport and recreation leadership (SRL) major is a four year full-time program of study that is designed to blend the best of theory with the best of practice in the discipline. SRL students are provided with interdisciplinary and advanced study opportunities, and on-the-job educational experiences. 

The Program

The sport and recreation leadership degree is designed to prepare students for employment in local, state, regional, national or international level sporting and recreation organizations. The course work includes 55 credit hours. To enhance employment prospects, candidates in this option are encouraged to consider completion of a supporting minor such as business or communication.

SRL Advisory Panel 

The SRL advisory panel meets a number of times in the academic year with the purpose of providing structured opinion, advice and direction about a range of topics concerning the SRL major. The advisory panel consists of students that have a professional standing in SRS and health nutrition & exercise sciences (HNES) faculty.

Career Opportunities 

NDSU SRL graduates are employed in a variety of sport management and recreation management occupations. Graduates should expect to work in (but not limited to) local, state, region, national or international level sport and recreation organizations and businesses. In light of the interdisciplinary nature of the SRL major's study options, career opportunities beyond the sport management or recreation management fields are feasible.

Pre Professional Standing and Professional Standing 

The pre-professional SRL curricula in the freshman year are designed to prepare students for additional undergraduate work in the subsequent professional SRL curricula of the sophomore, junior and senior years. To achieve professional standing a student must have completed all HNES courses listed in the pre-professional year. A grade of B or better is required in HNES 110 and 190. Furthermore, students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all classes by the end of the freshman year. An application for professional standing must submitted to the SRL program coordinator as soon as requirements are met.


The SRL internship is the capstone course for all SRL majors. Students participating in an internship will undertake the 400 hour on-the-job training experience (typically the summer prior to the senior year. In consultation with the student's adviser, each student is required to secure his or her own internship. Securing a host organization outside North Dakota or the United States is not only possible but is encouraged.

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7474
Campus address: Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse Room 1 and E Morrow Lebedeff Hall 351
Physical/delivery address: 1310 Centennial Boulevard, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2620 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014 1:21:12 PM