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One third of your life is spent playing. Recreational activities are just as necessary as sleeping or eating. In the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, students learn how to manage recreational activities, take an active role in the environment and perform scientific studies on tourism and the effects on a local, regional and national economy. 

The undergraduate curriculum in parks, recreation and tourism management prepares students for a variety of careers in public and private settings. The undergraduate curriculum provides a broad exposure to the knowledge and skills required to manage recreation, park and tourism programs and resources. Examples of such programs and positions include those for municipalities, institutions, voluntary and youth serving agencies; management positions within the travel and tourism industry; and resource managers of local, state and federal parks and related lands and waters.

We also offer a number of graduate programs, Master of Science (M.S.) degree (thesis and online non-thesis) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D. and Ph.D. PRTM Online–Recreational Therapy Cognate). Flexibility permits individual development in professional interest areas such as community recreation, sport and camp management, park and conservation area management’ recreational therapy, travel and tourism, and youth development leadership. Each student’s program is tailored to suit personal and professional goals. Applicants from other disciplines may be required to develop background knowledge of parks, recreation and tourism through undergraduate coursework. » More

Flexibility within the curriculum is achieved by permitting each student to select course work from among several concentration areas that include community recreation, sport and camp management; park and conservation area management; PGA golf management; recreational therapy; travel and tourism; and youth development. The latitude in selection permits maximum accommodation of the individual student's interests and professional career objectives. The student may complete requirements for a minor. A departmental honor's program is also offered.

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284A Lehotsky Hall
(864) 656-4560 

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309 Edwards Hall
(864) 656-0371