The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management prepares students for a variety of careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The curriculum provides broad exposure to the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to create, manage, lead and operate in organizations, agencies and businesses that provide leisure and leisure-related experiences, services, environments and therapeutic interventions. Students choose from one of five concentration areas: Community Recreation, Sport, and Camp Management (CRSCM); Parks and Conservation Area Management (PCAM); PGA Golf Management (PGA GM); Recreational Therapy (RT); and Travel and Tourism(T&T). These concentration areas offer the flexibility to accommodate each student’s career objectives in positions in community recreation, community and campus-based sport/athletics management, event and experience planning and management, commercial recreation and tourism, park and conservation area management, interpretation and management of natural, historic, and cultural sites, rehabilitation services, recreational therapy, programs for people with disabilities, senior citizens or other special populations, camp administration, golf industry, travel industry, resort management, convention and visitor bureaus, conference and meeting planning, and community tourism development to name a few.
The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). Therefore, our graduates are immediately eligible to apply to become National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) “Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP),” a valuable credential for professional development. Students choosing the Recreational Therapy option will also be qualified to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification; and PGA Golf Management students will be in a position to complete the requirements to become a Class A Professional with the PGA of America.
When space is available, a student may change majors to one of the degree concentrations in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average and approval of the department chair or his/her designee. Students are encouraged to speak with a PRTM advisor about changing their major prior to the start of their sophomore year to avoid a delay in graduation due to course sequencing and course prerequisite requirements.
Graduate degrees offered are Master of Science (Thesis option or Online/non-thesis option) and Doctor of Philosophy.
The Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management (CRSCM) Concentration prepares students for careers in community recreation, communityand camp-based sport and athletic management, and camp management by developing theoretical, conceptual, and applied knowledge bases necessary for success in its diverse field. The focus of this program is on community, family, and individual development. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, community- and campus-based recreation, athletic and amateur sport programming and administration, facility operation and management, special events, fitness/wellness programming, camp management, and non-profit recreation, sport and leisure service administration.
- Cross-Cultural Awareness, Science and Tech. in Society, or Other General Ed. Req. 3 Credits 1
- Mathematics Requirement 3 Credits 1
- Natural Science Requirement 4 Credits 1
- Social Science Requirement 6 Credits 1
- Concentration Requirement 13 Credits 2
- Elective 1 Credit
- Concentration Requirement 12 Credits 2
- Concentration Requirement 6 Credits 2
- Elective 6 Credits
120 Total Semester Hours
1 See General Education Requirements and advisor. Clemson University requires a total of 33 credit hours of General Education, including two credits of Academic and Professional Development (satisfied by PRTM 2060 and PRTM 2070 ). Students must take at least 31 additional credits of General Education as outlined in the Undergraduate Announcements General Education section.
2 Students select a total of 49 credits as follows:
- Select 28 credits from AGRB 3520 , AGRB 4080 , CTE 3100 , ECON 2110 , ECON 2120 , ENR 3120 , FDSC 3060 , FDSC 3070 , FOR 4270 , FOR 4330 , GEOG 4300 , HORT 2080 , HORT 3030 , MGT 2010 , NUTR 2030 , NUTR 2100 , NUTR 2160 , PSYC 2010 , SOC 2010 ; or any AL course; or any LS course (up to three credits); or any 2000-4000-level ACCT, HLTH or PRTM course; or any 3000-4000-level COMM, ECON, ED, EDC, EDF, ELE, FIN, HEHD, LAW, MGT, MKT, ML, NPL, POSC, PSYC, RS, or SOC course (except PRTM 2000 , PRTM 2200 , PRTM 2220 , PRTM 2240 , PRTM 2260 , PRTM 2270 , PRTM 2290 , or PRTM 3010 )
- Select 21 credits from PRTM 3050 , PRTM 3070 , PRTM 3210 , PRTM 3250 , PRTM 4210 , PRTM 4510 , PRTM 4550