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. The program also prepares students for professional careers in a variety of public and private recreation enterprises and agencies.
8 Semester Plan for Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PDF) | Learning outcomes | Minors | Sports Management minor | Resources for Current Students
Research and Beyond the Classroom
Internships and cooperative education opportunities provide valuable work experiences. These experiences assist students with career planning, provide education not offered in campus course work, and often lead to useful professional contacts. Travel courses offered during winter and spring breaks explore community-based sustainable development and nature-based travel in Costa Rica, among other destinations. While there, students engage in service-learning projects in remote communities.
Learn more about internship, career, service-learning, research, and study abroad opportunities through our Office of Experiential Learning and our in-house Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator.