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Department of Recreation,
Parks, and Tourism (RPT)

School of Health & Human Performance

420-J Health & Human Performance Building
(336) 334-5327

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Courses | Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Major | Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Minor



Stuart J. Schleien, Professor and Head of Department

Professor Sellers; Associate Professors Bedini, Gladwell; Assistant Professors Stone, Zuefle; Lecturer Obenour; Adjunct Instructors Hardy, Lazorchick, Maxson, Wilson


Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Major
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
Available Concentrations and AOS Codes:

Leisure Services Management, U419
Therapeutic Recreation, U413
Travel, Tourism, & Commercial Recreation, U420

The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism major prepares students to pursue graduate study or to assume career opportunities in leisure services management, therapeutic recreation, commercial recreation, and aspects of the travel and tourism industry. The Department is committed to offering an academically challenging program of undergraduate education coupled with a solid foundation of a liberal arts education. The program has been accredited by the NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation since 1981.


All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

AULER Area/Required Courses Sem Hrs

Mathematics (MT) 3
Required: all concentrations: STA 108
Natural Science (NS) 6 (or 7)
Required: Therapeutic Recreation concentration: BIO 111
Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: all concentrations: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101 and ENG 102
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
Required: Therapeutic Recreation concentration: PSY 121
AULER Electives 6
Required: all concentrations: CST 105, 111, or 341; and one other course from any area listed above

Major Requirements

For all concentrations:

  1. RPT 111, 212, 213, 314, 315, 416, 417, 418, 511
  2. For both RPT 315 and 417, an overall GPA of 2.0 is required prior to registration for the courses.

NOTE: Both field work experiences are typically offered only during the summer sessions and cannot be taken during the same summer. Therefore, students should plan accordingly.

Leisure Services Management Concentration

  1. RPT 241, 324, 342, 343, 545
  2. Related areas:
Select one of the following: PSC 210, 310, 312, 313, 316, 323, or 324
Select one of the following: GEO 205, 301, 302, 303, 321 or 323
Select one of the following: SOC 222, 317, 324, 330 or RPT 202, 203, 406, 407
Select two of the following: MGT 309, 312, 313, 314, 330, 519 or MKT 320, 421 or ISM 110

Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

  1. RPT 231, 332, 533
  2. Related areas: BIO 271, 277; ESS 381; PSY 341
  3. Select one of the following: HDF 302, 303, or 304
  4. Select one of the following: BIO 479; CED 310; EDC 135; HEA 369

Travel, Tourism, and Commercial Recreation Concentration

  1. RPT 221, 324, 425, 526
  2. Related areas: MKT 320; RPT/GEO 320 or RPT 342; additional writing course not used for RD from ENG 102, or MGT 309
Select two of the following: MGT 312, MGT/PSY 314, 330; MKT 307, 421, 424
Select one of the following: ACC 201; ECO 202, 336; FIN 315
Select one of the following: ECO 300 (formerly ECO 203), GEO 205, 302; ISM 110


Sufficient to complete 122 total semester hours required for degree.

Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Minor

AOS Code: U427
Required: minimum of 15 semester hours

This minor complements a number of majors, including biology, business administration, human development, geography, history, exercise and sport science, political science, public health education, psychology, and social work. Fifteen semester hours are required, including RPT 101 or 111, 212 or 213, 416 or equivalent, and 6-9 hours from department concentration courses. RPT 314 may be counted as a therapeutic recreation concentration course.

Students interested in the minor should register with the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, 420-J HHP Building.

Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Courses (RPT)

For Undergraduates

101 Leisure in Modern Society (3:3).

  • For non-majors only
  • Students may not receive credit for both 101 and 111.

Survey of philosophical dimensions of leisure; exploration of leisure service delivery systems; evolution of leisure life-styles and need for educating for leisure-oriented living.

111 Leisure Studies (3:3).

  • Students may not receive credit for both 111 and 101.

Survey of historical and philosophical foundations of leisure studies; examination of agencies providing leisure services, professional organizations and career opportunities.

202 Environmental Education (3:3).

Historical and philosophical foundations of environmental education. Exploration of various program types; emphasis on teaching and learning alternatives. Survey of environmental issues and current research.

203 Leisure Services Planning Laboratory (2:1:2).

Pr. 342.

Basic concepts and principles of leisure services planning are applied to produce design solutions to various planning problems in leisure service settings.

212 Leadership in Leisure Services (3:3).

Analysis of techniques, principles, and practices of leadership in leisure services; basic processes of activity leadership in conjunction with development of skills and knowledge in activity areas.

213 Leisure Services Programming (3:3).

Pr. 212 or permission of instructor.

General principles of leisure services programming; intensive study of program areas available to participants; analysis of methods and techniques of program design, organization, implementation, and evaluation.

221 Travel and Tourism (3:3).

Pr. RPT majors and minors only, or permission of instructor.

Tourism and recreational travel including its origins, present characteristics, and societal impacts; implications of non-business travel in the United States and emerging importance of international travel.

231 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (4:3:3).

Survey of key concepts, theoretical underpinnings, and procedures in clinical and community recreation situations. Focuses upon varied special needs populations, prescriptive activities, documentations using medical charting, medical and psychiatric terms.

241 Introduction to Leisure Services (3:3).

Pr. RPT majors and minors only, or permission of instructor.

History and development of leisure services; examination of public agencies providing leisure services. Emphasis on types of programs and services offered in relationship to the leisure market.

251 Professional Preparation in Leisure Studies (1:1:2).

Pr. 111.

  • RPT majors only.

A laboratory format course with "hands-on" experience in writing cover letters and professional resumes, and interviewing for positions in therapeutic recreation, leisure services management and travel, tourism, and commercial recreation.

304 Outdoor Challenge/Adventure Education Programs (3:3).

Principles and practices of outdoor challenge/adventure education; administrative considerations for selection, use, design, and implementation of outdoor challenge/adventure programs.

314 Special Recreation (3:3).

Examination of structure and functions of various community organizations and agencies providing recreation to people with disabilities. Analysis of various approaches and techniques of promoting "special recreation."

315 Practicum in Leisure Services (3 to 6).

Pr. 111, 212, 213, and 221 or 231 or 241, or permission of instructor; must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA to enroll.

  • May be repeated once for credit for maximum of six semester hours.
  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP).

Directed practicum experience in a leisure services agency under supervision of a faculty advisor and an agency supervisor. Opportunities provide for student to develop knowledge, values, and beginning practice skills appropriate for entry-level practice in leisure services agencies. (SU only)

320 Tourism Planning and Development (3:3).

Geographic distribution of tourist development with an emphasis on the spatial dimension of origin-destination flows, industrial structure, demand, and supply. Tourism planning and agents of tourism development are stressed. (Same as GEO 320.)

324 Commercial Recreation (3:3).

Pr. 111 or permission of instructor.

Study of nature and function of recreation in commercial agencies and settings. Survey of the development and operation of commercial goods and services offered in the leisure market.

332 Program Design and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation (3:3).

Pr. 111, 231, or permission of instructor.

Focus on skills for systematic design and evaluation of programs using various systems techniques, including activity and task analysis procedures and summative and formative evaluation procedures.

342 Leisure Services Planning (3:2:2).

Examination of the basic procedures involved in the planning process; basic considerations in leisure services planning; analysis of the methods and techniques of site evaluation and design.

343 Maintenance and Operations in Leisure Services (3:3).

Pr. 111, 213 or permission of instructor.

Principles and practices of maintenance management; operational policies and procedures in leisure services agencies.

346 Administration of Campus Recreation (3:3).

Basic principles and procedures of campus recreation administration, with emphasis on programming, maintenance, budget, and risk management aspects of program development. (SP)

405 Problems Seminar (3:3).

Pr. course work in appropriate content area and/or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated once for credit.

Specific course title identified by subscript, e.g., Problems Seminar: Leisure and Aging. Nature of problems themselves and their impact on society studied.

406 Leisure Resources Policy (3:3).

Pr. 111.

Concepts, principles, and practices in leisure resources policy; methods and techniques of determining land and facility policy; quantitative and qualitative resource evaluation.

407 Leisure Services Communication (3:3).

Pr. 111.

Communication process as it relates to leisure services agencies. Emphasis on communication skills and interpretive techniques. Evaluation of information media and problem resolution.

416 Leisure Services Administration (3:3).

Pr. 315 or permission of instructor.

Study of principles and practices of administration. Basic procedures in leisure services administration, with particular emphasis on finance and budgeting; personnel policies and practices; publicity and public relations; and planning, evaluation, and research.

417 Internship in Leisure Services (6).

Pr. 315, 416, or permission of instructor; must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA to enroll.

  • Grade:Pass/Not Pass (P/NP).

Provides student with opportunity to relate theory to practice through observation and experience. Student, in a ten-week program, assigned on an individualized basis to approved public, private, and commercial agencies. Internship consists of a full-time placement for minimum of 400 clock hours. (SU only, or by permission of instructor)

418 Research in Leisure Studies (3:3).

Pr. 111, STA 108 or permission of instructor.

Analysis of research methods in leisure studies will include problem identification, literature review, data collection methods and analysis, and proposal writing.

425 Resort Management (3:3).

Pr. 111, 221 or permission of instructor.

Examination of the resort industry. Considers development and operations, with an emphasis on the management of resort properties.

435 Recreation as a Related Service in Public Schools (3:3:1).

Examination of role of therapeutic recreation within the school setting. Principles and applications of leisure education, service models, individualized education programs. Includes 4-week practicum with children with disabilities. (FA)

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

511 Advanced Concepts in Leisure Studies (3:3).

Pr. 315, or permission of the instructor.

Theories, concepts and current research which influence the study of leisure behavior and the delivery of leisure services.

519 Directed Research (3:3).

Pr. 418 or permission of department head.

Identification and investigation of research questions in leisure studies. Opportunity for students to conduct research with direction from scholars in the field.

526 Tourism Management (3:3).

Pr. 324, 425, or permission of instructor.

Study of concepts, principles, and practices of tourism management. Emphasis given to the application of management and marketing in the tourism industry.

533 Trends and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation (3:3).

Pr. 315, 332, or permission of instructor.

Study of trends and issues in therapeutic recreation; examination of current controversial issues and selected facilitation techniques; interdisciplinary team practice; supervisory functions, and assessment procedures.

545 Financing Leisure Services (3:3).

Pr. 416 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Financial methods and techniques used to develop and operate leisure services. Emphasis given to new approaches to financing, alternative financing techniques, fees and charges, and revenue producing facilities.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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