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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Health and Human Development

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

University Park, College of Health and Human Development (RPTM)

PROFESSOR PETER NEWMAN, Head of the Department

The program prepares students for supervisory and administrative positions with park systems, environmental centers, commercial recreation and tourism agencies, golf courses, hospitals and assisted living facilities, private voluntary agencies, schools and colleges, and other commercial, nonprofit, and public organizations that provide recreation and leisure services. The program combines a broad educational foundation with specific courses designed to accommodate career interests in recreation, park, and tourism management. The program helps students gain the theoretical, managerial, technical, and experiential skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in the field. Additionally, students obtain 300 hours of real-world experience through our internship program. Students work full-time for twelve weeks with professionals in a setting of their choice.

Four (4) options are offered: (1) Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management, (2) Community Recreation Management, (3) Professional Golf Management, (4) Outdoor Recreation Management.

Students who have completed 29.1 credits with a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average are eligible for entrance into the major. First-year students are admitted directly into the Golf Management option at the University Park campus only. In addition to the University's academic requirements, each student admitted to the Golf Management option must have a playing proficiency represented by a minimum golf handicap of 12 or lower. This must be certified in writing by a PGA member or golf coach.

COMMERCIAL RECREATION AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option focuses on management in the private/commercial, non-profit, and public sectors of recreation/leisure services. The private/commercial focus will be of interest to students seeking careers in a variety of commercial settings such as resorts; theme parks, convention centers; sports and fitness facilities, including arenas and stadiums; tourism promotion/planning agencies; and employee recreation departments within corporations. This focus will also appeal to students wishing to become entrepreneurs.

COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT: For those interested in the community, public, or non-profit sectors, the Community Recreation Management Option prepares students for positions within municipal, state, and federal government agencies; recreation divisions of the armed services; YMCA agencies; United Way agencies; scouting organizations; university-affiliated units such as student unions, intramural and alumni services; and other non-profit organizations.

PROFESSIONAL GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: Accredited by the Professional Golfers' Association of America, the Professional Golf Management Option prepares students for careers in the golf industry. Students will be prepared to assess leadership and management principles including customer service, interpersonal skills, business communication, conflict resolution, time management, negotiating, project management, marketing, and community relations. In addition to the core curriculum, the program has a strong business focus and is drawn from several nationally recognized academic disciplines on campus.

OUTDOOR RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option prepare students for careers in Outdoor Experiential Leadership (OEL) and/or Park Management and Environmental Interpretation (PMEI). The OEL track emphasizes outdoor experiential leadership, including wilderness experiences and personal development. The PMEI track focuses on natural and cultural history environmental interpretation and education and the social science of conservation. The third track provides a flexible route for students to combine parts of the OEL and PMEI to create a meaningful personalized set of courses that could include study abroad experiences and prepare students for international contexts of recreation management. The outdoor recreation option is of interest to students seeking employment in a variety of recreation and park venues (local, state, and national from urban to wilderness) offering outdoor activities and personal development to the public.

For the B.S. degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. RPTM requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State campuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3-7 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 4-15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 67-74 credits
(This includes 3-7 credits of General Education courses: 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 24 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)[1]
RPTM 120 GS;US;IL(3), RPTM 220(3), RPTM 236(3) (Sem: 1-4)
RPTM 277 US(3), RPTM 390(3) (Sem: 5-8)
RPTM 410(3), RPTM 433 WAC(3) (Sem: 7-8)
RPTM 456(3) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 43-50 credits

COMMERCIAL RECREATION AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT OPTION: (46-50 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (25 credits)[1]
RPTM 101(3), RPTM 210(3), RPTM 394(1), RPTM 300 IL;WAC(3), RPTM 415(3), RPTM 495A(12)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from CAS 283(3) or CMPSC 203 GQ(4) and RPTM 370(3)[1] or RPTM 435 (3)[1]

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15-18 credits)
Consult with an advisor to review course recommendations, Minors, and Certificate Programs. A minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 400 level.

COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: (43-47 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (22 credits)[1]
RPTM 101(3), RPTM 201(3), RPTM 334(3), RPTM 394(1), RPTM 495A(12)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from CAS 283(3) or CMPSC 203 GQ(4) and RPTM 370(3)[1] or RPTM 435 (3)[1]

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15-18 credits)
Consult with an advisor to review course recommendations, Minors, and Certificate Programs. A minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 400 level.

PROFESSIONAL GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: (44-45 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (19 credits)
RPTM 100S(2), RPTM 295A(3), RPTM 360(3), RPTM 395B(3), RPTM 495B(3), RPTM 495C(3), RPTM 495D(2) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (25-26 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from TURF 100(3) and ACCTG 211(4) or HM 335(3)
Select 18-19 credits from BLAW 243(3) and BA 303(3) and BA 304(3) and HM 336(3) and HM 466 US(3) and STAT 100 GQ(3) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-6)

OUTDOOR RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: (49-50 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)[1]
RPTM 101(3), RPTM 320(3), RPTM 325(3), RPTM 330(3), RPTM 394(1) (Sem: 3-4)
RPTM 435(3), RPTM 495A(12) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
CAS 283(3) or CMPSC 203 GQ(4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 18 credits in an Outdoor Recreation pathway. Consult with an advisor to review course recommendations and pathways. At least 6 credits in RPTM must be completed at the 400 level (not including core or prescribed courses).

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-03-033

Review Date: 11/14/2017

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06

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