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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management - B.S. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management is designed to provide students with an academic foundation and field experiences in preparation for the recreation, park and tourism professions.

The park management concentration focuses on providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and protecting the natural, cultural and historic resources on which those opportunities depend.

The recreation management concentration focuses on recreation and leisure services in public, commercial, campus, community and outdoor settings.

The tourism management concentration focuses on services and entrepreneurship in tourism industries and sustainable destination development.

Career Opportunities

Professionals in the recreation, parks and tourism industry held about 740,000 jobs in 2010. Jobs were held in areas such as national and regional parks, tour destinations, theme parks, public park and recreation agencies, private non-profit organizations such as Y.M.C.A.s, country clubs and college campuses. The majority of positions, about 380,000,  were in the tourism industry. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Employment is expected to grow at or above the average for all occupations, depending on the chosen concentration area, between 2010-2020.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: overall grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division credit hours. Minimum 2.250 major and 2.000 overall GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the profession.
  2. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science, and philosophy.
  3. Communicate effectively in written and oral forms.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreation services for targeted human experiences.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreation services that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  6. Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully collaborate with others in varied work environments.
  7. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of operations and strategic management and administration in parks, recreation, and tourism.
  8. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the techniques and processes used by professionals in the parks, recreation, and tourism industries.
  9. Demonstrate the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism or related organizations.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply evidence-based decision making; including determining information/data needs, locating and evaluating existing data sources, data gathering techniques, analysis, and interpretation.

National Recreation and Park Association / Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation and Tourism