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- Junior year, you'll work with a faculty member to complete a year-long research project.
- Our program has been accredited through the National Recreation and Park Association for more than 35 years.
- Park and conservation area management focus area graduates tell us, “I’m told every day by visitors that I have the greatest job.”
- Our students have volunteered for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver and done community service in Tanzania.
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.