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Bachelor of Science in
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management – Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Option

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management – Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management option is a 120-credit program that offers a solid foundation in the management of private/commercial, nonprofit, and public sectors of recreation/leisure services.

Prescribed Courses (24 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Leisure from historical and contemporary perspectives, including forces shaping leisure behavior, and relationships among leisure, the environment, and social institutions.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides students with strong foundational knowledge about sustainability and how it relates to their career in recreation, park, and tourism management.

  • 3
    credits

    Supervision in recreation services, including theories, strategies, group dynamics, applied leadership, and decision-making skills.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides a review of leisure services and programs designed to be inclusive of individuals from underrepresented groups and an overview of professional, legal, and ethical issues.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the governmental systems that influence the delivery of recreational services. The formal structure of government is considered along with the day-to-day political processes that determine public policy.

    • Prerequisite

      RPTM 120

  • 3
    credits

    Theoretical/practical application of marketing/advertising strategies in the development/delivery of recreation services.

  • 3
    credits

    Systematic, structured problem-solving process for decision-making in recreation and parks. Research techniques/evaluation procedures; quantitative, qualitative methodologies; deductive, inductive reasoning.

    • Prerequisite

      RPTM 356, 3 credits in statistics

  • 3
    credits

    Provides information and practical experience required to successfully design, promote, implement, and evaluate programs and special events.

    • Prerequisite

      RPTM 120, RPTM 236

Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Option — Prescribed Courses (25 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to discipline and exploration of professional career models/paths, historical development of profession, expectations and opportunities in recreation services.

  • 3
    credits

    Highlights the various roles that commercial recreation and tourism play locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The course then shifts to focus on managerial considerations for practitioners in the field.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the impact of recreational sociocultural, governmental, economic, and physical environment on the leisure traveler within the tourism industry.

  • 1
    credit

    Plan and prepare for an internship in recreation services. Analyze career opportunities, internship process, and associated requirements.

  • 3
    credits

    Planning, developing, and managing profit-oriented recreation opportunities.

    • Prerequisite

      RPTM 210 and RPTM 410

  • 12
    credits

    Meet educational objectives through participation in an organized practical experience.

    • Prerequisite

      RPTM 394

Additional Courses (6 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This is an introductory course in the theory and application of technology for communication and self-presentation using the Internet.

    • 3
      credits

      Introduction to arena and facilities management, including operations, budgeting, marketing, and staffing.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Planning and management of selected facilities with emphasis upon maintenance, activity, and support provisions.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (15–18 credits)

Consult with an adviser to review course recommendations, minors, and certificate programs. A minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 400 level.

Elective credits (select 2–11)

Consult with an adviser to review course recommendations.

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

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