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Undergraduate

Overview

Students electing to major in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management can choose from three concentrations: Recreation Management, Park Management and Tourism Management.

Plan of Study

Recreation Management
Students in this concentration prepare for careers in community recreation departments, youth development centers, inclusive recreation, campus recreation and wellness centers, adventure centers, corporate recreation and fitness programs, correctional and therapeutic recreation, military recreation, senior centers, youth sports, camps and non-profit organizations such as the YMCA and the YWCA. The program provides students knowledge, skills, and abilities through course work and "hands on" field-based experiences. All students complete a capstone semester long internship prior to graduation. Internships are available locally, across the country and internationally. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals through the National Recreation and Park Association. 

Complementary minors or certificates for Recreation Management majors include:

Park Management
Students in this concentration prepare for careers in the great outdoors. The emphasis of this concentration is on parks and other natural environments for human enjoyment, environmental education and ecological diversity. Careers are available with a variety of public agencies and non-profits such as the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, state and local park agencies, the Nature Conservancy, as well as private outfitters, guiding services and outdoor leadership programs such as NOLS and Outward Bound. The program provides students knowledge, skills, and abilities through course work and "hands on" field-based experiences. All students complete a capstone semester long internship prior to graduation. Internships are available locally, across the country and internationally.

Tourism Management
Students in this concentration prepare for careers in tourism service management and sustainable destination development. A business administration minor is built into this concentration providing students with the necessary skills for entrepreneurial success within the tourism industry. Exciting career opportunities exist in resorts, theme parks, special events, convention and visitor's bureaus, regional planning, urban renewal, ecotourism, outdoor adventures, sport tourism and cultural tourism. The program provides students knowledge, skills, and abilities through course work and "hands on" field-based experiences. All students complete a capstone semester long internship prior to graduation. Internships are available locally, across the country and internationally.

Complimentary minors or certificates for Tourism Management majors include: