Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

BARST Degree Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism is a liberal arts degree that allows students to include coursework from across the university while focusing on the application of recreation and sport in society. Students can create a diversified degree program that aligns with their individual interests through selection of one of four options — completion of the general BARST program or completion of the BARST program with a minor in one of the following areas:

  • Community Development
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Tourism and Natural Environments


As part of your degree you have the opportunity to complete a practicum in the final year of the program. The practicum allows you to integrate and enhance what you've learned in the classroom with work-place specific knowledge and skills in an authentic professional setting. The practicum fosters educational, personal and professional growth, and provides networking opportunities. Learn more about our Professional Practicum Program.

Sample of courses in this degree:
HE ED 110 - Introduction to Personal Health and Well-Being
KRLS 104 - Introduction to Sociocultural Aspects of Leisure and Sport
KRLS 105 - Introduction to the Management of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Programs
RLS 122 - Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Organizations
KRLS 204 - Canadian History of Leisure, Sport, and Health
KRLS 207 - Adapted Physical Activity and Leisure for Diverse Populations
RLS 232 - Marketing for Recreation, Sport and Tourism
KRLS 304 - Sport and Leisure in Canadian Society: Sociological Perspectives
RLS 335 - Human Resources Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
RLS 400 - Philosophies of Leisure

Admission Requirements

Career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism program include recreation facility operator, event coordinator, director of provincial sport association, provincial or municipal recreation coordinator and sports administrator.

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