Published in Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, Volume 28, Issue 1, January 1, 2013, pages 54-63.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Keri Schwab was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This paper describes the Integrated Core (IC), the University of Utah’s version of integrated curricula. We begin with a rationale for the IC, providing a background on the unique student demographics, and University-wide requirements that propelled our design. Our IC focuses specifically on active living, sustainability, and social justice as target outcomes of parks, recreation, and tourism services and experiences. This rationale is followed by an outline of both the structure and implementation of the IC, including a discussion of sample assignments (incorporating both experiential learning and community engagement). Following a discussion of feedback after two years of delivering the IC, relaying benefits as well as challenges, we end with suggestions for future improvements.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration