University of Vermont

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Major

Parks, Recreation and Tourism blends studies of the environment, environmentally-based tourism, and outdoor recreation to train students to become leaders in ecological management practice -- and it's a growing profession. The program stresses the development of recreation and leisure opportunities integrated with the wise use and protection of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on maintaining the integrity of recreation and tourism resources, balancing public and private interests in land, and creating recreation opportunities as a component of planned land use.

Program options

In their advanced work, students have the opportunity to emphasize either Private Outdoor Recreation and Tourism or Public Outdoor Recreation as they prepare for professional careers in a variety of outdoor recreation enterprises and agencies.

Where do parks, recreaction and tourism majors work after graduation?

Past graduates are employed in the management of ski areas, private campgrounds, marinas, four-season resorts, travel businesses, and national, state and community parks. Internships and cooperative education opportunities provide valuable work experiences. These courses assist students with career planning, provide education not offered in campus course work, and often lead to useful professional contacts. Connect with our Experiential Learning Office for more information on internships and careers.

Academic Program

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  1. Completion of The Rubenstein School's core curriculum.
  2. Completion of The Rubenstein School's general education requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours of courses.
  4. Completion of Parks, Recreation and Tourism foundation courses:
    • One three-credit course in humanities (history, philosophy, religion, classics)
    • One three-credit course in communications (art, music, theater, art history, foreign language, English literature, world literature)
    • One three-credit course in social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology)
    • One four-credit laboratory course in natural sciences (biology, physics, chemistry, plant biology, zoology, geology)
  5. Public Outdoor Recreation option:

    Completion of Public Outdoor Recreation core courses:

    • PRT 1, Introduction to Recreation and Tourism (3 cr.)
    • PRT 138 Park and Recreation Design (4 cr.)
    • PRT 153 Recreation Administration and Operation (3 cr.)
    • PRT 191 Parks, Rec, and Tourism Practicum (3-6 cr) - Internship must be approved of in advance with required documentation complete.
    • PRT 235 Outdoor Recreation Planning (3 cr.)
    • PRT 240 Park and Wilderness Management (3 cr.)
    • PRT 255 Environmental Interpretation (3 cr.)

    Completion of three courses selected from the following list:

    • PRT 50 Tourism Planning (3 cr.)
    • PRT 157 Ski Area Management (4 cr.)
    • PRT 158 Resort Marketing and Management (3 cr.)
    • PRT 230 Ecotourism (3 cr.)
    • PRT 258 Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Tourism (3 cr.)

    Completion of nine credits of professional electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.

    Private Outdoor Recreation and Tourism option:

    Completion of Private Outdoor Recreation and Tourism core courses:

    • PRT 1 Introduction to Recreation and Tourism (3 cr.)
    • PRT 50, Tourism Planning (3 cr.)
    • PRT 157 Ski Area Management (4 cr.)
    • PRT 158 Resort Marketing and Management (3 cr.)
    • PRT 191 Parks, Rec, and Tourism Practicum (3-6 cr) - Internship must be approved of in advance with required documentation complete.
    • PRT 230 Ecotourism (3 cr.)
    • PRT 258 Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Tourism (3 cr.)

    Completion of three courses selected from the following list:

    • PRT 138 Park and Recreation Design (4 cr.)
    • PRT 153 Recreation Administration and Operations (3 cr.) (cont. on p. 31)
    • PRT 235 Outdoor Recreation Planning (3 cr.)
    • PRT 240 Park and Wilderness Management (3 cr.)
    • PRT 255 Environmental Interpretation (3 cr.)

    Completion of nine credits of professional electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.

    Parks, Recreation and Tourism minor

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