- PRTM 50th Anniversary
- Employment Opportunities
- Accreditation Information
- PRTM Annual Report
- Faculty and Staff Resources
The mission of the Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is to improve quality of life and health through the study of human behaviors and settings as they relate to the provision and management of leisure experiences, services and therapeutic interventions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 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.
Please spend some time wandering through our site and I believe you will be impressed with all the things we are doing. Our faculty, staff and students are engaged in a variety of endeavors that make it nearly impossible to list them all – from our innovative EDGE (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) semester and six concentrations in our undergraduate degree program to our internationally recognized graduate program – from 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 a lot going on.
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. Hospitality is more than a buzzword at Clemson; it is something we practice. And, since this website is an extension of what we would offer you in person, please know that your visit is always welcome!
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
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.
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.