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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management prepares students for a variety of careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The curriculum provides broad exposure to the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to create, manage, lead and operate in organizations, agencies and businesses that provide leisure and leisure-related experiences, services, environments and therapeutic interventions.

Students choose from one of seven concentration areas: 

These concentration areas offer the flexibility to accommodate each student’s career objectives in positions in:

  • Community recreation: community and campus-based sport/athletics management and camp administration
  • Event and experience planning and management
  • Community tourism development and commercial recreation and tourism
  • Park and conservation area management, and interpretation and management of natural, historic, and cultural sites
  • Rehabilitation services and recreational therapy
  • Programs for people with disabilities, senior citizens, or other special populations
  • Golf industry, travel industry, resort management, convention and visitor bureaus, conference and meeting planning

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). Therefore, our graduates are immediately eligible to apply to become National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) “Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP),” a valuable credential for professional development. Students choosing the Recreational Therapy option will also be qualified to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification; and PGA Golf Management students will be in a position to complete the requirements to become a Class A Professional with the PGA of America.

When space is available, a student may change majors to one of the degree concentrations in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average and approval of the department chair or his/her designee. Students are encouraged to speak with a PRTM advisor about changing their major prior to the start of their sophomore year to avoid a delay in graduation due to course sequencing and course prerequisite requirements.

If you want to find out more, see what some of our students have to say by watching this PRTM Students Speak About EDGE video.

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 park, recreation 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.

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.

PRTM EDGE (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) Semester

The PRTM EDGE semester is a collaborative and unique approach to delivering the core PRTM content to all second semester sophomores who are PRTM majors. This approach allows the content to be delivered in a flexible and integrative manner incorporating innovative teaching methods, Creative Inquiry research, real-world experiences and experiential learning. During this semester, the students own the faculty’s time and the faculty own the students’ time. With this flexibility, core course content is interwoven throughout the semester and taught using a variety of modalities including but not limited to: field experiences, service learning, small and large group work, learning portfolios, volunteer experiences in the community, participation in workshops and conferences, lectures, Creative Inquiry, and field trips to visit with leading PRTM professionals. The focus of this semester is not only to prepare students for their chosen profession but to also assist them in the development of knowledge and skills needed to be contributing and engaged members of society. 

Academic Advising

Academic advising, along with teaching, research and service, is central to achieving the fundamental goals of higher education. Academic advising is an educational process that requires concern for and consideration of all the fundamental goals encompassed in higher education. Teaching students to understand the meaning of higher education, teaching students to understand the purpose of the curriculum and fostering students' intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning are the particular goals of academic advising. Academic advising is a multidimensional and intentional process, grounded in teaching and learning, with its own purpose, content and specified outcomes. The Academic Advising Center advises freshmen, sophomore and transfer students in the major of parks, recreation, and tourism management and several other majors in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, as well as the College of Education. For PRTM advising, please contact Jason Chavis,, 309 Edwards Hall, 864-656-0371 or Troy Thieman, 309 Edwards Hall, (864) 656-0371, See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.