The Leisure Skills curriculum began in 1972, responding to a lack of a physical education curriculum at Clemson University. Since its inception, the Leisure Skills program has been housed within Clemson's Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department and has grown to serve over 2,500 Clemson undergraduates each semester. We offer over 140 sections of one-credit courses each semester with topics ranging from photography to kayaking and shotgun to meditation and everything in between. The Leisure Skills program reflects the founding history of Clemson University. In his will, Thomas Green Clemson decreed: "My purpose is to establish an agricultural college which will afford useful information to the farmers and mechanics, therefore it should afford thorough instruction in agriculture and the natural sciences connected therewith -- it should combine, if practicable, physical and intellectual education..." We welcome students and visitors alike to explore our offerings and to remember the importance of meaningful leisure in our lives.
The Clemson University Leisure Skills Program believes that individuals can advance their lives both personally and professionally through involvement in recreation. With that in mind, our mission is to serve the educational, recreational, and personal development needs of Clemson University students through the teaching of leisure and life skill activities. The Leisure Skills Program is committed to offering a variety of classes to meet the diverse interests of the Clemson University students.
We hope this website gives students and visitors alike an understanding of what we do here in the Leisure Skills Program. In this site, you will find information that expands upon the descriptions available in the undergraduate catalog. We've included detailed profiles of our courses and our instructors, along with frequently asked questions, so that your questions are answered. Still have a question about our programs? Visit our Contact Us page to speak with one of our administrative staff. Thanks for visiting!