Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (B.S.)


Nearly one-third of a person’s life is spent at leisure. In modern society, recreational activities are just as necessary to a healthy, balanced life as sleeping or eating. With a major in parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM), you’ll learn how to manage recreational experiences in a way that is sustainable, thus preserving the natural and cultural resources that each of us is dependent on. The PRTM profession is all about being active and involved; we treat your learning the same way. We do class differently, and in your second year, you’ll spend an entire semester in the field with a group of fellow majors and dedicated, passionate professors. You’ll take trips, organize events, meet area professionals, write papers, learn to communicate professionally and collaborate on real-world business plans. In understanding the role of PRTM in community and economic development, you’ll be preparing yourself for a long-term career after graduation.


  • Students have the opportunity to participate in global learning through PRTM faculty-led study abroad programs to Australia, Cuba, Sweden and Tanzania.
  • Our unique PRTM EDGE semester allows you to explore and experience the industry as you integrate your classroom curriculum into daily activities.
  • In 2014, the PRTM EDGE faculty received Clemson's Phil Prince Innovation in Teaching Award.
  • Our program has been accredited through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions for more than 35 years.
  • Park and conservation area management graduates tell us, "I'm told every day by visitors that I have the greatest job."


Beginning in Fall 2020, the parks, recreation and tourism management major will offer three concentration areas: parks, recreation and tourism management; professional golf management; and recreational therapy.

No matter which focus you choose, you’ll graduate knowing how to manage recreational activities, take an active role in the environment, and perform scientific studies on recreation, parks and tourism and the effects on a local, regional and national economy.

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Concentration: Learn how cultural, natural, economic and recreation resources are connected to communities, residents and visitors while gaining an understanding of how public, private and nonprofit organizations can help develop, plan and manage these resources. Students in this concentration will choose to specialize in one of three emphasis areas:

Community Recreation and Sport Management Emphasis Area: Take classes in facility operations, management, leadership, programming and risk management, and be prepared for programming and managerial positions in various recreation-related fields.

Parks and Conservation Area Management Emphasis Area: Prepare to work for governmental and not-for-profit agencies and organizations that manage our natural and historic heritage parks for quality visitor experiences.

Travel and Tourism Emphasis Area: Learn the issues pertaining to the management, planning and promotion of places and events such as tourist attractions.

Professional Golf Management (PGA GM) Concentration: If you want to be a PGA professional, this concentration offers you specialized knowledge and preparation to be an industry leader. Built on a strong business background, this curriculum allows you to earn a minor in business administration. Students in the PGA golf management program also have the opportunity to earn a double major in PRTM and business management.

Recreational Therapy Concentration: In this concentration, learn how to use active treatments such as leisure, sport, play and community participation to increase the well-being and functional outcomes for people with individuals experiencing disability or health conditions.


While there is value to spending time in a classroom with your professors, our faculty fully believe that the best learning experiences for you are out in the world. It’s no secret that people attracted to parks, recreation and tourism management aren’t people who include “sitting inside” at the top of their list of favorite things to do. Therefore, our faculty have made providing outside-the-classroom learning experiences a priority.

 All PRTM students will gain hands-on experience through two 80-hour practicum courses and a 400-hour internship working for an employer in a position tied to their concentration area.
 The three-day EDGE Semester field trip is a chance to get out of the classroom and see PRTM agencies in action. This trip focuses on topics that affect facility operations, administration, finance, marketing, programming and risk management.
 Read what our students have to say about their EDGE Semester experience.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • Director

    Experience Clemson

  • Development Coordinator

    Pendleton Place

  • Park Ranger

    United States Army Corps of Engineers

  • Recreational Therapist

    White Oak Rehab

  • Event Manager

    Duvall Catering & Events


  • MBA

    Clemson University

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • J.D.

    Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

  • MSW

    University of South Carolina

  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education

    College of Charleston


    • Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management
    • Public, Private and Non-Profit Sector
    • Athletic Director
    • Event Management
    • Facilities Management
    • Youth Programming
    • Planning Director
    • Arts Programmer
    • Campus Recreation Professional
    • Camp Director
    • Parks and Conservation Areas Management
    • National, State and Land Management Park Staff and Rangers
    • Historical or Cultural Interpreter
    • Outdoor Recreation Providers
    • Professional Golf Management
    • Golf Professional
    • Pro Shop Staff
    • Recreational Therapy
    • Hospital Settings
    • Rehabilitation Settings
    • Inclusive Recreation Programs
    • Camps
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Conference and Convention Planning
    • Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Destination Marketing and Management
    • Resort Operations


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