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ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recreational Therapy, BS

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Total number of hours for the program: 120.

Declaration of a major in Recreational Therapy does not guarantee admission into the program. Students should begin as pre-majors (PREC), preferably in their freshman year. Students must formally apply and be admitted into the program before beginning the professional sequence of courses and/or proceeding into clinical placements. Students are expected to adhere not only to the technical and professional standards of the program but to the academic requirements below. For the most up-to-date information regarding these standards, program suspension, and termination refer to the Recreational Therapy website at

Applying for Admission

Students are encouraged to apply for the major during the fall of their sophomore year. Admission to the Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of the application for new majors. Please visit for the latest application information.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5

Students admitted to the program must earn a grade of C or better in each RTH course in the major and must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 to remain in the program. Visit the to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

Liberal Studies Hours (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  


Six hours of the prerequisites will also meet Liberal Studies requirements. One course in Biology (BIOL 291) will partially meet C5 Liberal Studies requirements, and PSY 150 will partially fulfill the P1 requirement. Students are strongly urged to choose LS courses carefully to avoid taking additional courses for those requirements.


General electives (3-10 hours) are required to complete the program.  The range of electives is contingent on the student’s completion of PSY 150 (3 credits) and BIOL 291 (4 credits) within the Liberal Studies Program. If the student does not complete PSY 150 and BIOL 291 within Liberal Studies requirements, the student will have few electives available. Lists of guided electives are available in advising sessions to help the student meet their individual needs.  To meet another universtiy requirement, students must take 25 percent of all courses at WCU and at the junior-senior level.

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