2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 04, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Recreation Management [RMGT]


Recreation Management combines advanced-level study in recreation management and administration with supporting management science courses in the Economics Department. The major prepares students to work at management-level positions in the diverse field of parks and recreation. This major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). For more information, see the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department .

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, scope, and foundations of the recreation profession as well as the techniques and processes used by professionals.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of strategic management in recreation, including the formulation and implementation of major organizational goals and objectives.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of operations and supervision as they contribute to the implementation of major organizational goals and objectives.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of financial management in recreation, including budgeting, accounting, and finance.
  5. Demonstrate through a comprehensive internship the ability to apply recreation management concepts and techniques, use diverse and structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in any REC course except REC 475
  • Outdoor Recreation Major Requirements
    • 41 credits in any REC course except REC 475

Career Potential

  • Parks and recreation director
  • State park manager
  • Recreation administrator in a nonprofit agency
  • Commercial recreation management (for-profit businesses such as resorts)

Recreation Planning Elective:


Six credit hours from the following list:

Management/Administration Elective


One course from the following list:

C. Internship: 12 credit hours


Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in internship.

D. Other: 11 credit hours


  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (0-3 cr. hr.)
  • First Aid Requirement: certification in First Aid/CPR/AED or higher

This certification is a prerequisite for REC 475: Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services and must be current for the duration of the REC 475 internship. Acceptable certifications can be found in the advisement manual.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121


Example of the B.S. in Recreation Management over four years


Links to General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester 16


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 16


Total credit hours for semester 16


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester 16


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 12