Recreation Sport Management
This program is designed to prepare students for management careers in private and
public recreation agencies or park systems. A broad background in the behavioral and
natural sciences is required with major emphasis on resource management and the delivery
of leisure services to diverse populations.
Specialized course work in biological sciences and business management aid in natural
resource decision making. This provides a base for professional courses in planning,
design, and operation of park and recreation facilities.
A career in recreation sport management, park administration, therapeutic recreation,
or interpretation requires a basic understanding of human behavior and the challenges
of contemporary society. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the career field,
a student is required to choose courses from several related fields, based on professional
interest. A comprehensive general education is complemented with a core of professional
The Recreation and Park Administration major provides specialized education that prepares
students for supervisory and administrative positions in federal, state, and local
recreation and park agencies as well as commercial recreation and tourism organizations.
This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism
and Related Professions (COAPRT), sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association.