School of Education


Human Performance & Recreation Program

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Human Performance and Recreation allows students to pursue a broad core program designed to prepare students for careers as athletic trainers, coaches, health/fitness specialists, occupational therapists, activity directors, and recreation & leisure specialists. The program offers a comprehensive array of didactic courses and laboratory experiences designed to develop high quality professionals prepared for the work environment or graduate study in the field of health and recreation.


Upon completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance and Recreation, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Enter careers in health, atheletics, recreation and related areas.
  • Promote physical growth and organic vigor through the development of strength, power, motor ability and endurance to ensure physical and mental wellness.
  • Be of service to persons in all age groups in community-centered agencies, both publicly and privately sponsored.
  • Pursue advanced study and graduate work leading to college teaching, research, coaching and program administration.
  • Provide limited recreational outlets for students and other members of the university community
  • Develop competence in a professional area.
  • Develop desirable social habits, attitudes and personal characteristics essential to citizens in a democratic society.

 Requirements for Admission

  • Completion of sixty (60) semester hours of course work.
  • An earned minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Presentation of an academic portfolio developed under the supervision of a faculty member in Human Performance and Recreation.


Students who plan to enroll in internship must apply with a faculty member in Human Performance and Recreation for an internship placement. The internship is a sixty-day clinical experience in the field of health, physical activity, or recreation. Some field experience placements and other clinical experiences, including observations, are made outside of the greater Orangeburg, South Carolina, area. To enroll in internship the student must be classified as a senior and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Cedric B. Smith 
Director of Human Performance and Recreation
School of Education
Claflin University
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115
803-535-5366 (office phone)
803-535-5485 (fax)