B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration (In effect Spring 2009)

Online Course Descriptions

The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism undergraduate program has four emphasis areas, each with unique and exciting career opportunities.

  • Community Recreation and Health
  • Event Planning, Tourism and Commercial Recreation
  • Nonprofit Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Natural Resources

Total number of units for major: 51

Each RPT major must complete all foundation classes and six units of emphasis area classes (selected with advisor approval from courses for that emphasis shown below).

Total number of units for Foundation: 30

Foundation Units
RPT 200 Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Tourism 3
RPT 225 Communications and Information Technology in R.P.T. 3
RPT 300 Leisure Leadership 3
RPT 390 Leisure Travel and Tourism 3
RPT 400 Theory of Program Planning in Recreation, Parks and Tourism 3
RPT 410 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation 3
RPT 500 Organization of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Services 3
RPT 520 Park and Outdoor Leisure Resources 3
RPT 550 Planning and Evaluation of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Services 3
RPT 600 Professionalism in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism 3

Emphasis Area

Students select a minimum of 6 units from the following list of courses based on interest and adviser approval. Emphasis Areas and related courses:
Community Recreation and Health (RPT 330, 340, 380, 440, 445, 650)
Event Planning, Tourism and Commercial Recreation (RPT 340, 460, 540, 605, 670)
Nonprofit Recreation/Human Services (RPT 330, 370, 440, 470, 570, 650)
Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Natural Resources (RPT 230, 360, 430, 605, 640)

Total number of units for Emphasis Area: 6

Course Number Course Description
RPT 230 Growth Through Adventure
RPT 330 Arts and Crafts for Leisure
RPT 340 Conference and Event Planning and Management
RPT 360 Outdoor Recreation Leadership (1)
RPT 370 Principles of Nonprofit Administration
RPT 380 Developmental Play Processes
RPT 430 Ecology of Outdoor Recreation
RPT 440 Urban Recreation and Leisure Services
RPT 445 Recreation Therapy and the Expressive Arts
RPT 460 Recreation Destination Resorts
RPT 470 Care Break: Alternative Spring Break Service
RPT 540 Start-Up and Administration of Recreation, Event and Tourism Enterprises
RPT 560 Current Practices in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services (1-3)
RPT 570 Developing and Managing Resources in Nonprofit Agencies
RPT 605 Ecotourism Principles and Practices
RPT 640 Managing Recreation in National Parks and Protected Areas
RPT 650 Facilitating Leisure Wellness
RPT 670 Advanced Conference and Event Planning & Management

Internship

In the fall semester before planned graduation; students complete REC 660 a 3 unit seminar and select an internship agency. Then in their final spring semester they take a 12 unit Directed Field Experience in an appropriate recreation or leisure services setting. A minimum of 800 hours of paid or volunteer work in recreation settings, completion of all foundation and emphasis area courses and General Education requirements are required prior to enrolling in the Directed Field Experience.

Total number of units for Internship: 15

Course Number Course Description
RPT 680 Directed Field Experience in Recreation and Leisure Services (6)
RPT 690 Directed Management Experience in Recreation and Leisure Services (9)

Additional course work is required for students seeking internships in settings that require special skills; such course work is prescribed in consultation with an adviser.