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 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.
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.
Past graduates are employed in the management of ski areas, four-season resorts, travel businesses, private campgrounds, marinas, 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.