Recreation & Tourism Management

Recreation and Tourism Management majors will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. The Recreation and Tourism Management program will prepare students for positions of leadership and service in which they can define and fully participate in best practices and growth trends in recreation and tourism at the community, national, and international levels. The program aims to prepare students who are dedicated to enhancing quality of life for individuals across the lifespan and in special populations by promoting creative and active lifestyles through recreation and fitness experiences, with a focus on community-based programs. The curriculum includes major coursework, electives, and a culminating internship experience. Requirements for the internship and graduation include a grade of "C" or higher in all Departmental courses (prefixes of HEA, PED, and REC); an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher; and other Department, Division, School, and University requirements.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for recreation majors include positions in community recreation and parks departments, local recreation centers, aquatics centers, university recreation and intramural departments, schools, private agencies, vacation destinations and resorts, and other leisure services settings as sports instructors or coordinators, athletic directors, aquatics/waterfront directors, recreation program directors, youth counselors, program leaders, education coordinators, and facility directors.  Recreation majors also may pursue graduate study in a variety of fields such as recreation and tourism studies, recreation management, public administration, health promotion, and a spectrum of activity-related disciplines.  The Department has an impressive track record of students finding employment and entering graduate school.

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

Scholarships are awarded for qualifying students through the University Scholarship Program. These include Presidential Scholars, Academic Achievers, and various Departmental scholarships as obtained through grants, projects, internships, Army and Navy scholarships, government agencies, industry, and other organizations. Information on other sources of financial assistance (e.g., Pell Grant, Work-Study, Federal Direct Loan Programs, etc.) is available through the University Financial Aid Office.

Program Highlight

This program prepares students to take the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) examination, leading to certification as a Certified Leisure Professional.

For more information on our curriculum, please see our Curriculum Outline.

The academic program emphasizes course work in:

  • Physical
  • Biological
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Recreation and Leisure Theory

Admission Requirements

Transfer students from within the university must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to enter the Recreation Programming major. Entering freshmen may select this major upon admission to the university.


  • Engage in volunteer experiences in a variety of approved sites throughout their undergraduate program.
  • Complete at least one swimming course as part of their program.