Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. (Health and Human Development)

Program Code: RPTM_BS

Program Description

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

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. 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

Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Greater Allegheny, University Park, World Campus

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 Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Greater Allegheny, University Park

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

Available at the following campuses: University Park

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

Available at the following campuses: University Park

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.

What is Recreation, Park and Tourism Management?

Faculty in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) teach and conduct research and outreach in the areas of recreation, park management, golf management and tourism to address how humans derive benefits from leisure activities. RPTM faculty teach and conduct research in variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives to better understand the natural, psychological, social, economic, and cultural systems that influence human behavior in the context of recreation, parks and tourism. Our interdisciplinary, systems approach enables us to address issues of human well being, and sustainable development through curricula and innovative research programs. Our mission is to transform human health and well-being through engaging people in recreation, park, tourism and leisure activities.

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Our world-class faculty members help make a difference for you by:

  • Engaging students in hands-on learning.
  • Providing opportunities for international experiences.
  • Encouraging involvement in and out of the classroom and in professional organizations.

Our mission is to transform human health and well-being through engaging people in recreation, park, tourism, and leisure opportunities. We aim to educate and inspire you to make contributions to society, and our conceptual approach serves as the foundation of what and how we teach. In particular, we integrate topics such as diversity, environmental sustainability, human development, health and well-being, social innovation and entrepreneurship, community, and economic development.

Entrance to Major

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.

Direct Admission to the Professional Golf Management Option

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 2-11
Requirements for the Major 67-74

0-4 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes 0-4 credits of General Education courses: 0-4 credits of GQ courses.

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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

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. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RPTM 120Leisure and Human Behavior Keystone/General Education Course3
RPTM 220Sustainability, Society, and Well-being3
RPTM 236Leadership and Group Dynamics in Recreation Services3
RPTM 277Inclusive Leisure Services Keystone/General Education Course3
RPTM 390Political and Legal Aspects of Recreation Services3
RPTM 410Marketing of Recreation Services3
RPTM 433WProgram Evaluation and Research in Recreation Services3
RPTM 456Programming in Recreation Services3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option43-50

Requirements for the Option

Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Option (46-50 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Greater Allegheny, University Park, World Campus

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RPTM 101Introduction to Recreation Services3
RPTM 210Introduction to Commercial Recreation and Tourism3
RPTM 300YTourism and Leisure Behavior3
RPTM 394Orientation to Internship1
RPTM 415Commercial Recreation Management3
RPTM 495AInternship in Recreation Services12
Additional Courses
Select 6-7 courses of the following:6-7
Communication and Information Technology I Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Arena Management
Recreation Facilities Planning and Management
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Consult with an adviser to review course recommendations, Minors, and Certificate Programs. A minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 400 level.15-18
Community Recreation Management Option (43-47 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Greater Allegheny, University Park

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RPTM 101Introduction to Recreation Services3
RPTM 201Introduction to Community Recreation3
RPTM 334Non-profit Recreation Agency Operations3
RPTM 394Orientation to Internship1
RPTM 495AInternship in Recreation Services12
Additional Courses
Select 6-7 credits from:6-7
Communication and Information Technology I Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Arena Management 1
Recreation Facilities Planning and Management
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Consult with an adviser to review course recommendations, Minors, and Certificate Programs. A minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 400 level.15-18
Professional Golf Management Option (43-45 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Prescribed Courses
BA 303Marketing3
BA 304Management and Organization3
BLAW 243Legal Environment of Business3
HM 336Hospitality Managerial Accounting3
HM 466Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry3
RPTM 100SIntroduction to Golf Management2
RPTM 295AIntroduction to Golf Management3
RPTM 360Golf Operations Management3
RPTM 395BParticipation in Golf Management3
RPTM 495BInternship in Golf Management3
RPTM 495CInternship in Golf Management3
RPTM 495DInternship in Golf Management2
TURF 100Introduction to Turfgrass Management3
Additional Courses
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making3-4
or HM 335 Hospitality Financial Accounting
STAT 100Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Outdoor Recreation Management Option (49-50 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RPTM 101Introduction to Recreation Services3
RPTM 320Recreation Resource Planning and Management3
RPTM 325Principles of Environmental Interpretation3
RPTM 330Adventure-Based Program Leadership3
RPTM 394Orientation to Internship1
RPTM 435Recreation Facilities Planning and Management3
RPTM 495AInternship in Recreation Services12
Additional Courses
CAS 283Communication and Information Technology I Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or CMPSC 203 Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 18 credits in an Outdoor Recreation pathway. Consult with an adviser 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).18

 Program Learning Objectives

  • Content Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts in RPTM including social & behavioral science theories and models used in RPTM, leadership, programming, facility design & management, evaluation, inclusion of diverse populations, marketing, and operations & strategic management.
  • Communication: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills: Apply critical thinking, analytical, and deductive reasoning skills to evaluate and synthesize information from diverse sources and to make appropriate decisions and/or take appropriate action.
  • Management: Use appropriate leadership and management skills to design, implement, and evaluate an initiative.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate a consistent ability to work autonomously in a professional manner and manage complex ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes of practice.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

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University Park

Deb Houser
Academic Adviser
701B Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8989
dmh44@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Abington

Fran Sessa, Ph.D.
Division Head, Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Psychology
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7406
fms11@psu.edu

Jacob Benfield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7528
jab908@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Erica Tachoir
101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9117
eec16@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Commercial Recreation and Tourism Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 101*3RPTM 210*3
RPTM 1203General Education Course (GS)3
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15, or ENGL/CAS 137H recommended)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GH)3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GQ)3
PSU First Year Seminar1General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 236*3RPTM 220*3
RPTM 277*3RPTM 390*3
General Education Course (GQ)3-4RPTM 300Y*3
General Education Course (GH)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GS)3General Education Course (GN)3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15-16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 456*3CAS 283 or CMPSC 2033
RPTM 370 or 435*3RPTM 4103
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13RPTM 394*1
General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C, or ENGL/CAS 138T recommended)3Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
Elective3Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
 Elective1
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 415*3RPTM 495A*12
RPTM 433W*3 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202D preferred)3 
 15 12
Total Credits 120-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

Within the 30 credits of required General Education Domain courses, students must take 6 credits of Integrative Studies courses (Inter-domain or Linked courses). If you need additional clarification, consult with your academic adviser.

Community Recreation Management Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 101*3RPTM 201*3
RPTM 120*3General Education Course (GS)3
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15, ENGL/CAS 137H recommended)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GH)3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GQ)3
PSU First Year Seminar1General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPSC 203 (or other General Education Course GQ)*‡4RPTM 220*3
RPTM 236*3RPTM 390*3
RPTM 277*3RPTM 334*3
General Education Course (GH)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GS)3General Education Course (GN)3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 456*3RPTM 410*3
RPTM 370 or 435*3RPTM 394*1
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C, or ENGL/CAS 138T recommended)3Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
Elective3Elective3
 15 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 433W*3RPTM 495A*12
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202D preferred)3 
 15 12
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

Within the 30 credits of required General Education Domain courses, students must take 6 credits of Integrative Studies courses (Inter-domain or Linked courses). If you need additional clarification, consult with your academic adviser.

Outdoor Recreation Management Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 101*3RPTM 120*3
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15, ENGL/CAS 137H recommended)3RPTM 220*3
General Education Course (GH) 3General Education Course (GA) 3
General Education Course (GN) 3General Education Course (GN) 3
General Education Course (GS) 3General Education Course (GQ) 3
PSU First-Year Seminar1General Education Course (GHW) 1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPSC 203 (or other General Education Course GQ)4RPTM 277*3
RPTM 236*3RPTM 390*3
RPTM 3203RPTM 410*3
General Education Course (GH) 3RPTM 470*3
General Education Course (GS)3General Education Course (GN)3
 General Education Course (GHW) 1.5
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 325*3RPTM 230 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 330*3RPTM 326 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 394*1RPTM 327 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 456*3RPTM 425 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C, ENGL/CAS 138T recommended)3RPTM 430 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
 13 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 283 (or Elective if CMPSC 203 taken as GQ)3RPTM 495A*12
RPTM 433W*3 
RPTM 4353 
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202D preferred)3 
General Education Course (GA) 3 
 15 12
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Additional Notes:

LIMITATIONS ON SOURCE AND TIME FOR CREDIT ACQUISITION 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. Most majors in Health and Human Development require students to complete up to 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.

Advising Notes:

Within the 30 credits of required General Education Domain courses, students must take 6 credits of Integrative Studies courses (Inter-domain or Linked courses). If you need additional clarification, consult with your academic adviser.

Professional Golf Management Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153ECON 1023RPTM 295A*3
RPTM 100 (First-Year Seminar)*2KINES 93 (Teaching Golf I)3 
RPTM 120*3General Education Course (GA) or (GH)3 
General Education Course (GA)3RPTM 220*3 
General Education Course (GN) 3RPTM 100B (Player Development)13 
RPTM 100A (Player Development/Tournament Golf)13  
 17 15 3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BA 3043ACCTG 211 or HM 3353-4RPTM 395B3
RPTM 277*3RPTM 100B (Player Development)10-3 
RPTM 250 (Administration Gold Operations II)2RPTM 236*3 
RPTM 100A (Player Development)10-3RPTM 360*3 
STAT 200 or 1003-4General Education Course (GA) or (GH)3 
TURF 1003General Education Course (GN)3 
 14-18 15-19 3
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BA 303 or RPTM 41533CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3RPTM 495B3
BLAW 2433BA 30220-3 
RPTM 410*3RPTM 100B (Player Development)10-3 
RPTM 456*3RPTM 390*3 
RPTM 100A (Player Development)10-3General Education Course (GA) or (GH)3 
RPTM 254 (Golf Instruction)2General Education Course (GN)3 
RPTM 3363  
 17-20 12-18 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RPTM 495C3ENGL 202D, 202A, 202B, or 202C (202D Preferred)3RPTM 495D2
 HM 4663 
 RPTM 100B (Player Development)10-3 
 RPTM 433W*3 
 General Education Course (GS)3 
 RPTM 354 (Advanced Teaching)2 
 BA 30120-3 
 3 14-20 2
Total Credits 118-141

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Commercial Recreation and Tourism Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15 recommended)3CMPSC 203 (or General Education Course - GQ)*‡†4
General Education Course (GH)3ECON 1023
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GS)3Elective2
PSU First Year Seminar (if required at campus)0-1 
 15-16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 283 (or Elective if CMPSC 203 taken as GQ)3Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13General Education Course (GSW) (ENGL 202D preferred)3
General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C recommended)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GH)3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GHW) 1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 General Education Course (GS)3
 13.5 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 101*3RPTM 277*3
RPTM 120*3RPTM 300Y*3
RPTM 210*3RPTM 390*3
RPTM 220*3RPTM 394*1
RPTM 236*3RPTM 410*3
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser12-3Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
 17-18 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 370 or 435*3RPTM 495A*12
RPTM 415*3 
RPTM 433W*3 
RPTM 456*3 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
 15 12
Total Credits 120-122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Additional Notes:

LIMITATIONS ON SOURCE AND TIME FOR CREDIT ACQUISITION 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. Most majors in Health and Human Development require students to complete up to 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.

Advising Notes:

Within the 30 credits of required General Education Domain courses, students must take 6 credits of Integrative Studies courses (Inter-domain or Linked courses). If you need additional clarification, consult with your academic adviser.

Community Recreation Management Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15 recommended)3CMPSC 203 (or other General Education Course GQ)*‡†4
General Education Course (GH)3ECON 1023
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GS)3Elective3
PSU First Year Seminar (if required at campus)0-1 
 15-16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 283 (or Elective if CMPSC 203 taken as GQ)*3General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202D preferred)3
General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C recommended)3General Education Course (GA)3
General Education Course (GH)3General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GHW) 1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
 Elective2
 13.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 101*3RPTM 277*3
RPTM 120*3RPTM 334*3
RPTM 2013RPTM 390*3
RPTM 2203RPTM 394*1
RPTM 236*3RPTM 410*3
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13
 18 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 370 or 435*3RPTM 495A*12
RPTM 433W*3 
RPTM 456*3 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser13 
 15 12
Total Credits 121-122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Additional Notes:

LIMITATIONS ON SOURCE AND TIME FOR CREDIT ACQUISITION 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. Most majors in Health and Human Development require students to complete up to 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.

Advising Notes:

Within the 30 credits of required General Education Domain courses, students must take 6 credits of Integrative Studies courses (Inter-domain or Linked courses). If you need additional clarification, consult with your academic adviser.

Outdoor Recreation Management Option: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15 recommended)3CMPSC 203 (or other General Education Course GQ)*‡†3-4
General Education Course (GH) 3General Education Course (GA) 3
General Education Course (GN) 3General Education Course (GN) 3
General Education Course (GQ) 3General Education Course (GS) 3
General Education Course (GS) 3 
PSU First-Year Seminar (if required at campus)0-1 
 15-16 12-13
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 283 (or Elective if CMPSC 203 taken as GQ)3RPTM 120 (hybrid web section)*3
General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C recommended)3General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202D preferred)3
General Education Course (GA) 3General Education Course (GH)3
General Education Course (GN) 3General Education Course (GHW) 1.5
General Education Course (GHW) 1.5Elective2-3
 13.5 12.5-13.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 101*3RPTM 230 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 2203RPTM 326 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 236*3RPTM 327 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 277*3RPTM 425 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 320*3RPTM 470 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
RPTM 325*3RPTM 430 (or Supporting Course in Consultation with Academic Adviser)3
 18 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RPTM 330*3RPTM 495A*12
RPTM 390*3 
RPTM 394*1 
RPTM 410*3 
RPTM 433W*3 
RPTM 435*3 
RPTM 456*3 
 19 12
Total Credits 120-123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Additional Notes:

LIMITATIONS ON SOURCE AND TIME FOR CREDIT ACQUISITION 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. Most majors in Health and Human Development require students to complete up to 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.

Advising Notes:

Within the 30 credits of required General Education Domain courses, students must take 6 credits of Integrative Studies courses (Inter-domain or Linked courses). If you need additional clarification, consult with your academic adviser.

Career Paths

Four options are offered to help prepare students for management positions in public or private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The options offered are:

  1. Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management
  2. Community Recreation Management
  3. Professional Golf Management
  4. Outdoor Recreation Management

Management positions include, but are not limited to resorts, event management businesses, golf courses, golf industry businesses, park systems, environmental centers, university intramural and sport club programs, recreation services for the armed forces, and health care facilities. Our multidisciplinary graduate program is designed to educate students about research, theory, and practice related to leisure and recreation as experienced at the individual, societal, and cross-cultural levels. Both the M.S. program and Ph.D. program help students develop an understanding of the social, environmental, psychological, and economic aspects of human behavior in recreation and leisure activities and also allow students to concentrate their studies in:

  • Recreation/tourism management and marketing
  • Commercial recreation and tourism
  • Outdoor recreation and protected area management
  • Community recreation
  • General leisure behavior

Careers

A degree from RPTM is suited for you if you have career interests in supervisory and administrative positions in tourism & event management, entertainment, sport & fitness venue management, professional golf management, community recreation, non-profit administration, outdoor experiential leadership, park management, environmental interpretation, natural resource management and youth & senior recreation services.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE RECREATION, PARK, AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Whether you are looking for a master's degree or your doctorate in RPTM, our multi-disciplinary graduate program is designed to educate students about research, theory and practice related to recreation, parks, tourism and leisure. Both the master of science (M.S.) and the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs help you develop an understanding of the social, environmental, psychological and economic aspects of human behavior in relation to the experience and delivery of recreation, park, tourism and leisure activities.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

Accredited by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, the PGM option helps prepare students to manage golf facilities and programs within diverse settings including private, public, resort and military sectors. In addition, students may choose career paths related to marketing/sales of golf equipment and apparel, teaching and coaching, as well as tournament operations.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCREDITATION OF THE RECREATION, PARK, AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, PARK, AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
801 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1851
rptminfo@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/rptm/contact

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, PARK, AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
801 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1851
bjs48@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-recreation-park-and-tourism-management-bachelor-of-science-degree/overview

Abington

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7406 or 215-881-7528
fms11@psu.edu or jab908@psu.edu

https://www.abington.psu.edu/academics/recreation-park-and-tourism-management

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9117
eec16@psu.edu