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University Bulletin

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

Through this program, students can prepare for supervisory and administrative positions in public or private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. These include, but are not limited to, park systems, environmental centers, resorts, university intramural and sport club programs, event management businesses, recreation services for the armed forces, and therapeutic recreation programs in hospitals and health care facilities. Three options are offered: (1) Commercial and Community Recreation Management, (2) Golf Management, (3) Outdoor Recreation.

Students who have completed 28 credits with a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average are eligible for entrance into the major after filing a written application. 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 AND COMMUNITY RECREATION 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. For those interested in the community, public, or non-profit sectors, this 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.

GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option helps prepare students to manage golf facilities within the municipal, military, public, and private sectors. In addition to the core curriculum in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, this option includes a strong basic education in business coupled with course work in turf management and hospitality. Each student completes sixteen months of Co-op education under the supervision of a Class A member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.

OUTDOOR RECREATION OPTION: This option helps prepare students for careers in environmental interpretation, adventure-based programming, or facilities and resource management. One track focuses upon natural and cultural history interpretation, including environmental education. Another track emphasizes adventure-based program leadership, including team-building facilitation. The third track focuses on the management of park and recreation facilities and resources. The outdoor recreation option would be of interest to students seeking employment in a variety of recreation and park venues (local, state, and national) offering outdoor activities to the public.

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

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: 8-13 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 65-70 credits
(This includes 3-7 credits of General Education courses: 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 0-3 credits of GN courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 26-27 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (23 credits)[1]
RPTM 101(2), RPTM 120 GS(3), RPTM 236(3) (Sem: 1-4)
RPTM 277 US(3), RPTM 356(3) (Sem: 3-6)
RPTM 410(3), RPTM 460(3) (Sem: 5-8)
RPTM 433W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
EDPSY 101 GQ(3) or STAT 100 GQ(3) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 39-43 credits

COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: (39-40 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)[1]
RPTM 210(2), RPTM 300Y(3), RPTM 394(1) (Sem: 3-6)
RPTM 415(3), RPTM 495A(12) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from ACCTG 211(4) or HRIM 335(3), B A 250(3), FIN 100(3), HRIM 201(3), MGMT 100(3), MKTG 150(3), MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from department list in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)

GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: (42-43 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (25 credits)
B LAW 243(3), MGMT 100(3), RPTM 210(2)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
HRIM 336(3), RPTM 360(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
HRIM 318(2), TURF 100(3) (Sem: 5-10)
HRIM 466(3), RPTM 415(3)[1] (Sem: 9-10)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (17-18 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from ACCTG 211(4) or HRIM 335(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 14 credits from RPTM 295A(1-4)[1], RPTM 395B(1-4)[1], RPTM 495B(1-4)[1], RPTM 495C(1-4)[1], RPTM 495D(1-4)[1] (Sem: 3-8)

OUTDOOR RECREATION OPTION: (41-42 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)[1]
RPTM 320(3), RPTM 394(1) (Sem: 3-4)
RPTM 470(3), RPTM 480(1), RPTM 495A(12) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-22 credits)
Select 6 credits from courses with the following abbreviations: E R M, FOR, GEOSC, W F S (Sem: 3-6)
Select among: a, b, or c (15-16 credits)
a. Environmental Interpretation Emphasis:
Select 12 credits from RPTM 325(3)[1], RPTM 326(3)[1], RPTM 327(3)[1], RPTM 425(3)[1], RPTM 430(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from department list, in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)
b. Adventure-based Programming Emphasis:
Select 6-9 credits from RPTM 230(3)[1], RPTM 330(3)[1], RPTM 440(3)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 0-3 credits from RPTM 325(3)[1], RPTM 334(3)[1], RPTM 430(3)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from department list, in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)
c. Park Management Emphasis:
RPTM 334(3)[1], RPTM 435(3)[1] (Sem: 6-8)
Select 6-7 credits from ACCTG 211(4) or HRIM 335(3), HRIM 201(3), MGMT 100(3), MGMT 341(3), MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from department list, in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)

[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: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-103

Review Date: 08/24/2010

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06

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