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College
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Department
School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012
Web: www.ehhs.kent.edu/fla

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management is designed to provide students with an academic foundation and field experiences in preparation for the recreation, park and tourism professions.

Students can select from one of three concentrations: park management, recreation management and tourism management.

The park management concentration focuses on providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and protecting the natural, cultural and historic resources on which those opportunities depend.

The recreation management concentration focuses on recreation and leisure services in public, commercial, campus, community and outdoor settings.

The tourism management concentration focuses on services and entrepreneurship in tourism industries and sustainable destination development.

Career Opportunities

Professionals in the recreation, parks and tourism industry held about 740,000 jobs in 2010. Jobs were held in areas such as national and regional parks, tour destinations, theme parks, public park and recreation agencies, private non-profit organizations such as Y.M.C.A.s, country clubs and college campuses. The majority of positions, about 380,000,  were in the tourism industry. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Employment is expected to grow at or above the average for all occupations depending on the chosen concentration area, between 2010-2020.
 

Admission Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division credit hours. Minimum 2.250 major and 2.000 cumulative GPA.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$50/semester

Accreditation

National Recreation and Park Association / Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation and Tourism
 

Student Organizations

Recreation Echo Majors Club (RecEcho)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (44 credits) Courses count in major GPA  
Type Course Title Credits
  RPTM 16000 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure 3
    26030 Recreation Group Leadership 3
    26071 Maintenance and Operation of Areas and Facilities 3
    26081 Principles of Outdoor Recreation 3
DD   36040 Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Leisure Services 3
    36075 Program Design and Evaluation 3
ELR   36192 Practicum in Leisure Services Management 1
WIC   46030 Dynamics of Leisure Behavior* 3
    46060 Administration of Leisure Services 3
    46070 Park Planning 3
    46091 Seminar for Internship Preparation 1
ELR   46092 Internship in Recreation 12
  SPAD 46080 Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (30-34 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
KAD   22061 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Additional 3
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (46 credits)
  Park Management (46)
  Recreation Management (46)
  Tourism Management (46) 
MINIMUM TOTAL 121


*A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

 

Park Management Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (39 credits)Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
    30360 General Ecology 4
  GEOG 49070 Geographic Information Science 3
  HDFS 44032 Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantwriting 3
  RPTM 36082 Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources 3
    36083 Environmental Education and Conservation 3
    RPTM guided electives (any RPTM course not in major, see advisor) 9
  Choose from the following: 10
  BSCI 30274 Forestry (3)  
    30275 Local Flora (4)  
    30560 Invertebrate Zoology (4)  
    30580 Entomology (4)  
    30582 Ornithology (4)  
    40360 Ichthyology (4)  
    40368 Wetland Ecology and Management (4)  
    40374 Conservation Biology (4)  
    40376 Tropical Field Biology and Conservation (5)  
    40525 Wildlife Resources (3)  
    40556 Vertebrate Zoology (4)  
  GEOG 37010 Geography of Ohio (3)  
    41073 Conservation of Natural Resources (3)  
    41074 Resource Geography (3)  
    49080 Advanced Geographic Information Science (3)  
  GEOL 23063 Earth Materials I (4)  
    32066 Geomorphology (4)  
    41077 Geology of the National Parks (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (7-8 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 2-3
  General Electives (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours) 5
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 46

 

Recreation Management Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (30 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ACCT 23020 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
  HDFS 44032 Non-profit Fundraising and Grantwriting 3
  MIS 24053 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  PEB Physical Education Basic electives 3
  RPTM 26010 Community Development in Recreation 3
    36010 Recreation, Leisure and Aging 3
    36081 Adventure Education 3
DD   36085 Leisure and Culture 3
    RPTM guided electives (any RPTM course not in major, see advisor) 6
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (16-17 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Basic Science (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  General Elective (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours)
Suggested 6 hours from the Nonprofit Studies Minor, see catalog and advisor)
10
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 46

 

Tourism Management Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (20 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  HM 13024 Introduction to Hospitality Management 2
  RPTM 26060 Introduction to Global Tourism 3
    36060 Commercial Recreation and Tourism 3
    46000 Tourism Development and Recreational Travel 3
    RPTM guided electives (any RPTM course not in major, see advisor) 6
  SPAD 45022 Event Planning and Production 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26-27 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
  ACCT 23020 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
  FIN 36053 Business Finance 3
  MKTG 25010 Principles of Marketing 3
  MIS 24053 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
    24163 Principles of Management 3
  Kent Core Basic Science (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  General Electives (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours) 5
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL  46

Note: A Business minor may be declared/awarded after meeting minimum GPA requirements (see catalog/advisor).