Mar 18, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

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Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Program Information

The Master of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism offers the following four areas of concentration:

1. Tourism and Commercial Recreation

  • Travel activities to and staying outside one’s usual environment; hospitality, transportation
  • Recreation activities covered by fees, charges or other non-tax revenues; theme/amusement/water parks, movie theaters, sport/fitness/health clubs, resorts
  • Examples of employers include: travel agencies, cruise lines, dance studios, special event companies, resorts, multipurpose sports clubs and health & fitness clubs

2. Natural Resource Recreation

  • Park(s) management, protected areas, wilderness conservation
  • State parks, river floating, horseback riding, hiking trails
  • Beach management, rivers and lakes, sustainability
  • Outdoor recreation leadership
  • Conservation management, planning, and policy
  • Federal agencies (National Parks, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers)

3. Recreation Administration and Supervision

  • City/state public parks
  • City pools
  • City skate parks, family parks
  • Public tennis courts
  • City sports teams/leagues, youth sports
  • Organized group and youth camps
  • Military recreation departments (Morale, Welfare & Recreation [MWR] programs)

4. Campus Recreation Programming & Administration

  • college campus intramural recreation programs
  • campus fitness / exercise centers

Graduates of the Master of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism will be trained for middle and/or upper level management positions, in their respective fields mentioned above.
Students can choose between three options: 1.) Thesis, or 2.) Non-Thesis Internship, or 3.) Non-Thesis with Paper.

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Degrees Offered with a Major in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Master of Science

without a concentration

concentration in Historic Preservation

concentration in Natural Resource Recreation

concentration in Therapeutic Recreation

concentration in Tourism

concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development

Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management Departmental Courses

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