Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (B.S.)


Nearly one-third of a person’s life is spent at leisure. In modern society, recreational activities are just as necessary to a healthy, balanced life as sleeping or eating. With a major in parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM), you’ll learn how to manage recreational experiences in a way that is sustainable, thus preserving the natural and cultural resources that each of us is dependent on. The PRTM profession is all about being active and involved; we treat your learning the same way. We do class differently, and in your second year you’ll spend an entire semester in the field with a group of fellow majors and dedicated, passionate professors. You’ll take trips, organize events, meet area professionals, write papers, learn to communicate professionally and collaborate on real-world business plans. In understanding the role of PRTM in community and economic development, you’ll be preparing yourself for a long-term career after graduation.


  • Our students have volunteered for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi and done community service in Tanzania.
  • Our unique PRTM EDGE semester allows you to explore and experience the industry as you integrate your classroom curriculum into daily activities.
  • In 2014, the PRTM EDGE faculty received Clemson’s Phil Prince Innovation in Teaching Award.
  • Our program has been accredited through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions for more than 35 years.
  • Park and conservation area management graduates tell us, “I’m told every day by visitors that I have the greatest job.”
  • Students gain unique access to faculty through Creative Inquiry undergraduate research experiences.


The parks, recreation and tourism management major offers five concentration areas. No matter which focus you choose, you’ll graduate knowing how to manage recreational activities, take an active role in the environment, and perform scientific studies on recreation, parks and tourism and the effects on a local, regional and national economy.

Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management: Take classes in facility operations, management, leadership, programming and risk management, and be prepared for programming and managerial positions in various recreation-related fields.

Professional Golf Management: If you want to be a PGA professional, this concentration offers you specialized knowledge and preparation to be an industry leader. Built on a strong business background, this curriculum allows you to earn a minor in business administration.

Park and Conservation Area Management: Prepare to work for governmental and not-for-profit agencies and organizations that manage our natural and historic heritage parks for quality visitor experiences.

Recreational Therapy: Learn how to use active treatments such as leisure, sport, play and community participation to increase the well-being and functional outcomes for people with individuals experiencing disability or health conditions.

Travel and Tourism: Learn the issues pertaining to the management, planning and promotion of places and events such as tourist attractions.

Double Major: Students in the PGA golf management program have the opportunity to earn a double major in PRTM and business management.

Popular Minors

  • Athletic Leadership
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Sociology


While there is value to spending time in a classroom with your professors, our faculty fully believe that the best learning experiences for you are out in the world. It’s no secret that people attracted to parks, recreation and tourism management aren’t people who include “sitting inside” at the top of their list of favorite things to do. Therefore, our faculty have made providing outside-the-classroom learning experiences a priority.

All PRTM students will gain hands-on experience through two 80-hour practicum courses and a 400-hour internship working for an employer in a position tied to their concentration area.
The three-day EDGE Semester field trip is a chance to get out of the classroom and see PRTM agencies in action. This trip focuses on topics that affect facility operations, administration, finance, marketing, programming and risk management.
Read what our students have to say about their EDGE Semester experience.
You'll join a Creative Inquiry research team for two years that investigates issues related to your chosen focus area. You’ll begin with a topic of interest, but basically start with a “blank canvas,” allowing you to follow the research.


  • PGA Golf Management Student Association
  • Recreational Therapy Club


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%


  • Activities Coordinator

    Greenville Health System
  • Guest Services Manager

    Disney World
  • Account Supervisor

    Crawford Strategy
  • Guest Service Agent

    Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Special Assistant to Superintendent

    Yellowstone National Park
  • Assistant Golf Professional

    Miramont Country Club, Texas
  • Recreation Director

    Long County Recreation Department, Ga.
  • Program Coordinator

    Champions Made from Adversity, Ga.


  • Master of Science

    Texas A&M
  • Ph.D.

    University of Illinois
  • M.S. Recreation Management and Policy

    University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

    Penn State
  • Master’s

    University of Connecticut


  • Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management
    • Public, Private and Non-Profit Sector
      • Athletic Director
      • Event Management
      • Facilities Management
      • Youth Programming
      • Planning Director
      • Arts Programmer
      • Campus Recreation Professional
      • Camp Director
  • Parks and Conservation Areas Management
    • National, State and Land Management Park Staff and Rangers
    • Historical or Cultural Interpreter
    • Outdoor Recreation Providers
  • Professional Golf Management
    • Golf Professional
    • Pro Shop Staff
  • Recreational Therapy
    • Hospital Settings
    • Rehabilitation Settings
    • Inclusive Recreation Programs
    • Camps
  • Travel and Tourism
    • Conference and Convention Planning
    • Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Destination Marketing and Management
    • Resort Operations


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Micky Ward

Student Services Program Coordinator