The Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management program prepares students for successful careers in a variety of leisure service settings. Graduates of the program find work opportunities at resorts, recreation centers, youth programs, parks and recreation departments, state and national parks, and a wide variety of other fields.
People visit parks and participate in recreation and tourism for the countless benefits these settings and activities provide. For example: individuals benefit through the experience of enjoyment, physical fitness, and increased self confidence; families benefit through opportunities for togetherness and bonding; the natural environment benefits as ecosystems and spectacular landscapes are preserved as parks; communities benefit as recreation, parks and tourism create economic growth, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Thus, the goal of recreation, park and tourism management is to create opportunities for people to enjoy this wide array of benefits while protecting the resources and maintaining the facilities on which these benefits depend.
Graduates of this program understand the wide array of benefits produced by recreation, park and tourism and they work professionally to provide these benefits at local, national and global levels. Furthermore, they work to assure that all people have access to these benefits regardless of ability or socio-economic status. Professional opportunities are available in, but not limited to: resorts, theme parks, visitor and convention bureaus, local park and recreation departments, state parks, national parks and other protected natural areas, campus recreation and wellness centers, urban recreation centers, youth development, YMCA, YWCA, therapeutic recreation, inclusive recreation, corporate wellness programs, camps and outdoor leadership schools.