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About the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

A Welcome Message from Wayne Freimund, Department Chair

Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Welcome to one of the most innovative, comprehensive, and successful Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management programs in the nation.  Our students find us for many reasons, but they leave us with a sound professional ethic, excellent critical thinking skills, and the kind of expertise that simply makes the world a better place.  Take a moment to contemplate what brings you your quality of life.  If living in vibrant communities, surrounded with caring, confident people who live healthy lifestyles comes to mind, it is our students and alumni that provide those services to the world.  If you considered a beautiful environment that is accessible, appreciated and well taken care of, our professions probably had a hand in it.  If you were thinking of exciting careers and contributing to the economic diversity of society, we are there.  Finally, if you seek a meaningful career that helps you participate in making the world a better place through empowering people, you have come to the right place.  Our faculty are world class and demanding. Our students are prepared to deal with the complexity of human behavior, the importance of our field to the community and personal well-being, and the political realities of working with a diverse public.  We welcome you to explore our website and see if this is the place for you.

We provide high-impact, faculty-led educational experiences; cutting-edge foundational and applied research; innovative solutions in a rapidly changing environment; and outreach activities that prepare our students to serve the citizens of South Carolina and our national and global constituents.

Our faculty, staff, and students are engaged in a variety of endeavors that make it nearly impossible to list them all – our innovative EDGE (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) semester, the six concentrations in the undergraduate degree program, and our internationally recognized graduate program that includes our students interning in agencies throughout the country to projects in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. From our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University to the Outdoor Lab – from our online master’s degree programs to our highly respected Ph.D. degree – there is plenty going on. Click here for a description of PRTM.

Please explore all we have to offer. If you cannot find something or someone, or if you have a question that we can help answer, please take the time to contact us. Our doors are always open. 

PRTM Accreditation Information 

Logo for Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism & Related Professions (COAPRT)Clemson University's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). 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. COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Link to Learning Outcomes Data

Be Aware of Degree and Accreditation Mills

CHEA requires accredited institutions to inform the public about “degree and accreditation mills.” Cautions concerning these are summarized in a video. According to CHEA,

Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential.

Read more on CHEA’s website.

Clemson University Accreditation

Clemson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clemson University.

Wayne Freimund, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and 
Tourism Management