Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management | Kent State University

Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management

The mission of the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management program is to prepare students for successful careers in a variety of leisure service settings through critical thinking and leadership development, with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life among individuals and communities. 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.

 

Students and Professor discuss the benefits of the RPTM program.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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 and 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 such as YMCA and YWCA,
  • therapeutic recreation, inclusive recreation, and
  • corporate wellness programs, camps and outdoor leadership schools.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Tourists spend over 600 billion dollars in the United States each year.
  • In Ohio, tourists spend over 38 billion dollars each year.
  • In Ohio, nearly half a million jobs are sustained by tourism.
  • Individuals with disabilities are the largest minority group in the U.S. and serving their recreation needs is an important role of recreation, parks, & tourism professionals
  • According to The Partnership for a Healthier America, the parks and recreation industry is instrumental in reducing childhood obesity.
  • Over 83 million acres are protected by the US National Park Service.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park is less than 10 miles from Kent State University.
  • The National Park Service employs over 20,000 people.
  • Across the country, over 100,000 people are employed full time by city park and recreation departments.

Kent State University's Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico. Read more about COAPRT accreditation.

Contact Information

Dr. Andrew Lepp
Program Coordinator
330-672-0218
alepp1@kent.edu

Dr. Mary Ann Devine
Disability Studies & Community Inclusion Certificate
330-672-0214
mdevine@kent.edu