Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, B.S. (University College)

Program Code: RPTUC_BS

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.

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

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.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Greater Allegheny

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

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

SUGGESTED ACADEMIC PLAN

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 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, Greater Allegheny 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
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 153CMPSC 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 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3ENGL 202D, 202A, 202B, or 202C (202D Preferred)3
CAS 283 (or Elective if CMPSC 203 taken as GQ)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
 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/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 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, Greater Allegheny Campus

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 153CMPSC 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 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3ENGL 202D, 202A, 202B, or 202C (202D Preferred)3
CAS 283 (or Elective if CMPSC 203 taken as GQ)*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.

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

Contact

Greater Allegheny

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

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

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