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Recreation and Park Management (R P M) - Archive

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Summer Session 2004

Recreation and Park Management (R P M) - Archive (name changed to Recreation, Park and Tourism Management - RPTM)

University Park, College of Health and Human Development

PROFESSOR SARA J. PARKS, in charge

Through this program, students can prepare for positions in recreation/leisure services. It provides the basis for supervisory and administrative positions for federal, state, and local leisure service agencies such as hospitals, park systems, and environmental centers, as well as commercial recreation and tourism agencies, university student unions and/or intramural programs, nursing homes, churches, private voluntary agencies, armed services, and any other delivery system providing recreation services. Four options are offered: (1) Commercial and Community Recreation Management, (2) Golf Management, (3) Park Management and Environmental Interpretation, and (4) Therapeutic 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. Freshman 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 eight or lower. This must be certified in writing by a PGA member or golf coach.

For the B.S. degree in Recreation and Park Management, a minimum of 124 credits is required for the Commercial and Community Recreation Management, Park Management and Environmental Interpretation, and Therapeutic Recreation options. For the Golf Management option, a minimum of 126 credits is required for the B. S. degree in Recreation and Park Management. (To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have completed 6 credits from courses offered in the college and outside the department in which the major is offered.)

TO VIEW THE Recreation and Park Management Minor (R P M)

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 and Park 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.

PARK MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION OPTION: This option helps prepare students for program-related careers in environmental interpretation or management-related careers in recreation and parks. One track focuses upon natural and cultural history interpretation, including environmental education. Another track emphasizes outdoor recreation and adventure programming. These two tracks would be of interest to students seeking positions with federal, state, and local governments, as well as the non-profit and private sectors. The third track focuses on the management of facilities and resources in recreation and parks. It would be of interest to students seeking employment in facility and resource management with public recreation and park agencies (local, state, and federal levels), camps, and commercial facilities.

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION OPTION: This option helps prepare individuals to provide comprehensive therapeutic recreation services. These services are intended to facilitate the development of a satisfying leisure life-style for individuals of all ages experiencing limitations through disability, illness, or restricted social conditions. It will be of interest to students seeking employment in health and human service agencies, including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and a variety of treatment, residential, and community-based facilities.

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 front of Bulletin.)

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

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 11-17 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 68-75 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): 27-28 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)[1]
R P M 101(2), R P M 120(3), R P M 201(1), R P M 236(3) (Sem: 1-4)
R P M 277 GI(3), R P M 356(3) (Sem: 3-6)
R P M 460(3), R P M 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)
R P M 433W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 41-47 credits

COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: 42-43 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)[1]
R P M 210(2), R P M 300W(3), R P M 394(1) (Sem: 3-6)
R P M 410(3), R P M 415(3), R P M 495A(12) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from:
ACCTG 211(4) or HRIM 335(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B LAW 243(3), HRIM 318(2), HRIM 443(3), MKTG 220(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MGMT 341(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits (at least 3 at the 400 level) from department list in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)

GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: 46-47 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (43 credits)
B A 250(3), B LAW 243(3), R P M 295A(1)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
HRIM 336(3), MKTG 220(3), R P M 360(3)[1], R P M 395B(2)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
HRIM 318(2), R P M 410(3)[1], R P M 470(3)[1], R P M 495B(3)[1], TURF 235(3) (Sem: 5-10)
HRIM 466(3), R P M 495C(4)[1], R P M 495D(4)[1] (Sem: 9-10)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
ACCTG 211(4) or HRIM 335(3) (Sem: 3-6)

PARK MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION OPTION: 41-42 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)[1]
R P M 320(3), R P M 394(1) (Sem: 3-4)
R P M 480(1), R P M 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)
a. Select 15 credits from R P M 325(3)[1], R P M 326(3)[1], R P M 327(3)[1], R P M 425(3)[1], R P M 430(3)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
b. Select 9 credits from R P M 325(3)[1], R P M 330(3)[1], R P M 334(3)[1], R P M 430(3)[1], R P M 440(3)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from department list in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)
c. Select 9-10 credits from ACCTG 211(4) or HRIM 335(3), MGMT 100(3), MGMT 341(3), MKTG 221(3) or R P M 410(3)[1], R P M 334(3) [1] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from R P M 435(3)[1], R P M 470(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits at the 400 level from department list, in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION OPTION: 41 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32 credits)
BI SC 004 GN(3), R P M 386(3)[1], R P M 394(1)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
REHAB 409(3), R P M 476(3)[1], R P M 486(3)[1], R P M 487(1)[1], PSY 412(3) (Sem: 5-8)
R P M 495A(12)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from HD FS 129 GS(3), HD FS 229 GS(3), HD FS 239 GS(3), HD FS 249 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from department list, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)

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[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 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 27-06-026

Review Date: 4/8/03

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