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Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Community Recreation and Sport Management Concentration

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Explore what builds strong people & communities

Our Community Recreation and Sport Management (CRSM) undergraduate concentration helps you gain knowledge, skills and experience with planning, implementing and evaluating sport, recreation and youth programs, as well as managing sport and community recreation organizations.

  • Overview

    You will learn why people behave the way they do in sport and recreation environments, how to design and manage community parks and sport programs and the business of commercial recreation.

    When you graduate, you will have the skills needed to work at community-based organizations, including sport organizations, local state or national parks and recreation agencies, camps, non-profit agencies and schools.

  • Areas of Focus

    Our faculty are experts in:

    Sport management in the community

    Planning, implementing, evaluating and managing sport programs, events and organizations to achieve intended outcomes for individual growth and community enhancement.

    Recreation for health and wellbeing

    Exploring the value of recreation and leisure in contributing to the overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life for individuals, families, communities and the environment.

    Recreation outcomes for youth development

    Developing a better understanding of the influences on youth development, and identifying ways to use recreation as an avenue for positive development.

    Social justice in recreation

    Examining issues of prejudice and privilege in recreation and leisure services, provisions, availability, and participation in order to better serve all populations regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, weight, ability, etc.

    Recreation management and administration

    Identifying effective management approaches and frameworks so as to better serve constituents, and capitalize on the value of recreation in contributing to human health and well-being.

  • Admission Requirements

    Visit Clemson University Admissions to learn more about admission requirements, how to apply and important dates.

  • Program Requirements

    You will follow the general curriculum for the B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and the following courses on the CRSM track:

    • PRTM 3090 Behavioral Concepts in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
    • PRTM 4030 Elements of Recreation and Park Planning
    • PRTM 4410 Commercial Recreation
    • One additional three-credit PRTM course related to community recreation, tourism, or event, sport or camp management at the 3000 or 4000 level
    • 12 additional credits selected from any 3000- or 4000-level courses offered at Clemson University

    Explore the Course Catalog for details about PRTM course options. Course selections must be made in consultation with your academic advisor.

  • Practicums and Internships

    You will take two practicums and one internship during your degree program. Learn more about practicums and internships, including what they involve and when you take them.

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program spotlights

Clemson researchers help lead national discussion on race and play

An article recently published in Leisure Sciences by Clemson PRTM faculty members Harrison Pinckney and Corliss Outley argues that black youth face challenges that shape where they play, who they play with and how they engage in recreational activities.

Read the story
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Resiliency in the Face of Adversity: Clemson University Paralympic Soccer Program

By Marissa Kuula, program alumni (2021)

Clemson PRTM student Marissa Kuula wrote an article about her experience as part of the Clemson University Paralympic Soccer program, which holds virtual adaptive soccer camps for injured military veterans and professionals. When COVID-19 hit, the planning team adapted the program to a virtual format, allowing them to continue to provide opportunities for participating veterans to connect with others and become active.

Read about Marissa's experience
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