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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management: Travel and Tourism Concentration, BS

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Program Description

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.

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • 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
Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year

Credit Hours: 2

Junior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 13

Second Semester

  • Concentration Requirement 13 Credits 2
  • Elective 1 Credit
Credit Hours: 14

Credits Hours: 6

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Concentration Requirement 12 Credits 2
Credit Hours: 12

Second Semester

  • Concentration Requirement 6 Credits 2
  • Elective 6 Credits
Credit Hours: 12

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:

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