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The Recreation program was established at Arkansas Tech University in 1965 as part of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). The first Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation were conferred in 1966.
The Recreation and Park Administration Program was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation in 1997. The program was reaccredited in 2002 and 2007.
The Recreation and Park Administration Program offers five areas of emphasis for students: Natural Resource, Recreation Administration, Interpretive Naturalist, Therapeutic Recreation, and Turf Management.