The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University

About Us

Campus Life

Clemson is a haven for students who work hard and play hard. With more than 400 student-run organizations on campus ranging from community service and professional to sports and social organizations, you’re sure to find one you’re interested in. Read more...  

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation strives to provide quality recreation experiences to the students, faculty, and staff of Clemson University through its programs and facilities. These experiences afford the diverse campus community opportunities to interact while participating in a wide variety of instructional and competitive activities that promote the development of the mind and body. Read more... 

Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD)

The Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of South Carolina communities through research, education and outreach.  At CIECD, we believe that each community in South Carolina holds the keys to its own future. It is not experts who are needed at this point in time, but partners: partners who will listen, stimulate, and inspire. Partners who will engage with community organizers to collaborate in revitalization efforts that the community decides are essential. Read more... 

Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI)

Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute is a vital component of Clemson’s youth outreach effort and helps fulfill the University’s mission of public service by using the research and knowledge of University faculty and staff to develop programs that especially reach youth. Over 100,000 young people participate annually in over 100 programs held at our leadership centers, ranging from one-day school training to two-week residential programs.

The Clemson University Youth Learning Institute (YLI) offers students and professionals pursuing SCALE degree programs opportunities for real-world experiences in youth development. The diversity of YLI programs ranges from short-term, residential academic field studies that expose students to environmental education, marine biology or forensics science to year-round, residential programs for at-risk youth — and from operation of a new state charter middle school to a program that prepares academically-talented students for enrollment in selective universities like Clemson. Whether its a research project, internship or Creative Inquiry Team, YLI programs provide unique environments for discovery-based learning and practical application of theory. Simply put, YLI gives aspiring youth development professionals an edge on career success. Read more...

Clemson University Conference Center and Inn

Since its construction, the Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University in South Carolina (SC) has been an icon of excellence in the Southeast — attracting numerous prominent events and housing our many honored guests as the University has grown in reputation and caliber. Proponents of the Clemson conference center complex envisioned a facility that would complement the education, public service and research missions of the Clemson University SC, enhance the economic strength of the Upstate and offer visitors their first taste of our pre-eminent university. Read more...

Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL)

Being part of the College of Health, Education and Human Development, the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life helps to generate, share and apply the research foundation for youth, family, and community development. Work at IFNL starts from the premises that strong communities support strong families and vice versa, and that both are necessary for healthy development of children and youth. To accomplish these goals, the Institute conducts empirical research, performs policy analyses, develops and evaluates programs, and provides technical assistance and community education. We work at all levels from neighborhood to global, because a comparative perspective offers new insights in understanding grassroots phenomena in neighborhoods and developing effective responses in public policy and community development practice. Read more...

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM)

Our faculty, staff and students are engaged in a variety of endeavors that make it nearly impossible to list them all – from our innovative curriculum and five concentration areas in our undergraduate degree program to our internationally recognized graduate program – from our work in the South Carolina Low Country to projects in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean – from our Executive Development Program to the Outdoor Lab – from our work with child development to research in Glacier National Park – there is a lot going on.

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. Read more...

Youth Development Leadership (YDL)

The online Youth Development Leadership Program in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University is moving forward to address the need for providing strong, effective leaders equipped to optimize the skills of youth and create a culture where youth thrive and are nurtured to become productive citizens of healthy communities in our society. 

The future of an enduring society depends upon the youth's ability to become effective future leaders of society. Yet, the leadership and guidance required to prepare youth for successful and productive lives are often lacking or insufficient. Read more...