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 Travel and Tourism (T&T) Concentration prepares students for interesting and challenging careers working in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic industries. Students in this concentration are introduced to issues pertaining to the management, planning, and promotion of destination attractions and events. The program is designed to provide an understanding of the linkages that exist between local communities, their populations, and various public, private, and non-profit special interest groups. Students in Travel and Tourism can pursue careers in private sector enterprises, government agencies, convention and visitor bureaus, as well as other tourism-affiliated organizations.
- 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 total of 49 credits as follows:
- Select 34 credits from ACCT 2010 , GEOG 4300 , LAW 3220 , MGT 2010 , MKT 3010 , PRTM 3430 , PRTM 3440 , PRTM 3450 , PRTM 3460 , PRTM 3490 , PRTM 3920 , PRTM 4300 , PRTM 4460 , PRTM 4470 . NOTE: Credit will be given for only one of GEOG 4300 , PRTM 4300 or PRTM 4470 .
- Select 15 credits from AGRB 3570 , AGRB 4110 , AGRB 4120 , AGRB 4910 , AGRB 4940 , AGRB 3610 , CE 4120 , CHIN 4180 , ED 3200 , ENR 4340 , FDSC 3060 , GW 3010 , HUM 4560 , IE 4440 , JAPN 4170 , LANG 4540 , PSYC 2010 , THEA 3470 , THEA 4300 , THEA 4470 , WS 3160 ; or any 2000-4000-level course in PRTM (except PRTM 2000 , PRTM 2200 , PRTM 2220 , PRTM 2240 , PRTM 2260 , PRTM 2270 , PRTM 2290 , PRTM 3010 ); or any 3000-4000-level course in ACCT, COMM, ENGL, ELE, FIN, FR, GC, GEOG, GER, HIST, LAW, MATH, MGT, MKT, POSC, PSYC, RS, SOC or SPAN. NOTE: Credit will be given for only one of GEOG 4300 , PRTM 4300 or PRTM 4470 .