Brooklyn Therapeutic Recreation Major

Brooklyn Therapeutic Recreation Major

Develop creative activities. Become a wellness expert. Get ready.

Make a difference in your community and learn the best ways to improve an individual’s physical, cognitive and emotional health with a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from our Brooklyn campus.
Our dedicated faculty gives students the tools to become resourceful, organized leaders with excellent communication skills, preparing them to make a positive impact on patients and help them enjoy high-quality lives. The reach of your practice will be endless. By graduation, you will be well-equipped to design activity-geared interventions to meet the needs of individuals with varying conditions and illnesses.
Get ready to join this growing field with a therapeutic recreation degree.

Emely AbreuEmely Abreu ’22
Therapeutic Recreation Major with a Minor in Religious Studies 

"Throughout my experience as a therapeutic recreation major, I learned about a variety of populations and their needs. The most interesting part, to me, is learning how to take a holistic approach to help individuals live a fruitful life. Studying about the different populations and their needs helped me acquire a deeper passion for charity and providing treatment services to all people to help improve their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual well being."

The Brooklyn Therapeutic Recreation Major Experience

Minors That Matter: Consider enhancing your résumé with a minor. Our therapeutic recreation major pairs well with such minors as psychology, speech therapy, biology and criminal justice.


A Unique Education: St. Joseph’s University is one of only two schools in the tri-state area to offer a therapeutic recreation major.


Hands-on Experience: Therapeutic recreation students have the chance to apply knowledge gained in class to real-world experiences through impactful experiences and internships. 

A Growing Opportunity

Employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is due in part to the aging of the large baby boomer generation, as they will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses, as well as to help them maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.