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Undergraduate Program

Nearly 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. This is only a portion of the skill sets you will learn in this department. If you want to find out more, listen to what some of our students have to say in the following Students Speak videos:

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.

Flexibility within the curriculum is achieved by permitting each student to select course work from among several concentration areas that include:

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. For more information, see very bottom of the linked website) Webcast - Clemson University Service-Learning -- the EDGE Program: Using Engagement Experiences to Create an Effective Learning Environment.

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

A nonprofit leadership certificate is available for undergraduate students interested in working in the nonprofit youth and human services areas. This is not to be confused with the Leadership Certificate Program offered through the College of Education, the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and the Clemson University Division of Student Affairs. This is a leadership certificate program for those students interested in enhancing their university careers with a specialized leadership component.

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 Micky Ward, mickyw@clemson.edu, 309 Edwards Hall, 864-656-5491. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.