RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (RPTM)

801 Ford Building, 814-865-1851, Fax: 814-867-1751

Peter Newman, Department Head, 801G Ford Building, 814-863-7849, pbn3@psu.edu

Ben Hickerson, Professor-in-Charge of Undergraduate Studies, 704D Ford Building, 814-867-2900, bdh14@psu.edu

Patty Kleban, Undergraduate Coordinator, 804 Ford Building, 814-863-2489, plk4@psu.edu

Meredith Chaney, Academic Adviser, 701D Ford Building, 814-865-1851, mac178@psu.edu

Home Page: http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/rptm

Curriculum
University Faculty Senate Approved Curriculum
Recommended Academic Plan(s)
Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree. These tables serve several University purposes and assist multiple constituencies: students, advisers, departments, deans, registrars, admissions officers, and family members. The plans:
  • Identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing;
  • Assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus;
  • Help students to anticipate the academic workload and courses needed to earn a degree, and to schedule appropriate prerequisites;
  • Serve as tools to help advisers learn the curriculum.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.

Recommended Academic Plans - Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)
RPTM/COCRC Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/COCRC Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
RPTM/OUTRC Adventure Based Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/OUTRC Adventure Based Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
RPTM/OUTRC Environmental Interpretation Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/OUTRC Environmental Interpretation Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
RPTM/OUTRC Management Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/OUTRC Management Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
RPTM/P G M Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/TH RC Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)*
RPTM/TH RC Recommended Academic Plan (Other Campuses)*

*TH RC is no longer available or was discontinued as of April 26, 2010.

Degree Audit
RPTM COCRC Degree Audit
RPTM OUTRC Degree Audit
RPTM P G M Degree Audit
RPTM TH RC Degree Audit- This option closed effective Summer 2010

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management program is committed to improving the quality of life through study and research in leisure behavior. The major helps prepare students for professional positions in recreation, parks, tourism and leisure services in public, private and commercial agencies. Three options accommodate students' individual career interests. (The Therapeutic Recreation option is closed to new students effective Summer 2010.)

Commercial and Community Recreation Management Option: With a focus on management in the private/commercial, non-profit, and public sectors of recreation/leisure services, the Commercial and Community Recreation Management option will be of interest to student seeking careers in a variety of commercial settings such as resorts; theme parks; convention centers; sports and fitness facilities, including arenas and stadiums; tourism promotion/planning agencies; and employee recreation departments within corporations as well as appeal to students wishing to become entrepreneurs. For those interested in the community, public, or non-profit sectors, this prepares students for positions within municipal, state, and federal government agencies; recreation divisions of the armed services; YMCA agencies; United Way agencies; scouting organizations; university-affiliated units such as student unions, intramural and alumni services; and other non-profit organizations.

Professional Golf Management (P G M) Option:The PGM option, endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA), is designed to help prepare students for careers in the golf industry as a PGA Professional, particularly, as managers of golf facilities within the private, public, resort, and municipal sectors. Careers in other segments of the golf business are also available to students. This option is designed to be a freshman-entry program at the University Park campus. The curriculum integrates all the PGA’s professional requirements of a Recreation, Park, and Tourism major with the PGM Option including sixteen months of structured cooperative education experience. The PGM Option is coupled with courses in Business, Hospitality and Turfgrass Management. To be admitted to this Option, students must meet the University’s academic requirements and have a playing proficiency represented by a golf handicap of twelve (12) or lower. 40-50 students are admitted to the PGM Option each academic year.

Outdoor Recreation Option: The Outdoor Recreation option prepares students for careers in environment interpretation, adventure-based programming, or facilities and resource management. One track focuses upon natural and cultural history interpretation, including environment education. Another track emphasizes adventure-based program leadership including team building facilitation. The third track focuses on the management of park and recreation facilities and resources. The outdoor recreation option would be of interest to students seeking employment in variety of recreation and park venues (local, state and national) offering outdoor activities to the public.

RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

Practical experience is an integral part of the degree program. The integration of classroom learning and professional experience strengthens the knowledge and skills of students. Three components of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management curriculum have been developed to enhance practical experience.

300-Hour Field Experience: Students are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of recreation, park, and tourism management work experience as a prerequisite for RPTM 495A, Internship in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. The work experiences may be in the form of summer jobs, volunteer work, or part-time employment during the academic year. Through such work, students should gain insights and experience in various facets of the recreation field.

The field experience(s) should be pre-planned by the student in consultation with the academic adviser. The adviser must approve and verify all experiences. It is expected that a significant portion of these experiences will relate to the student's option. In some instances, advisers will permit verification of field work that occurred prior to a college student becoming a Recreation, Park and Tourism Management major. Students may use one or more field experiences to achieve the minimum 300 hours.

RPTM 394 Introduction to Internship (1 credit): This required course assists students with the planning and preparation of the internship, RPTM 495A. The course covers all aspects of the internship process including selection of the internship site. Prerequisites for this course include fifth semester standing and anticipation of enrollment in RPTM 495A within two semesters following the completion of RPTM 394.

RPTM 495A Internship (12 credits): This capstone course is required of all Recreation, Park and Tourism Management majors during the senior year. It involves a full-time work experience that generally encompasses 40 hours per week for a period of 12 consecutive weeks. It may be taken during the fall, spring, or summer semester of the senior year. Various written assignments are integrated with the supervised work experiences. Approved internship sites are available throughout the United States and are selected by students with the assistance of faculty and information obtained in RPTM 394. Prerequisites for the internship course include seventh semester standing, RPTM 394, completion of the 300-hour field experience, and a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Relocation to University Park

With the exception of the golf management program students, students pursuing the major of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at other Penn State locations should relocate to the University Park campus after completion of four full-time (or equivalent) semesters. To delay relocation beyond this time endangers a student's opportunity to make normal progress within the major. Earlier relocation to University Park is possible if a student is unable to make normal progress toward the degree because the requisite courses are not available at the student's campus. Students interested in pursuing the Golf Management option must contact the Golf Management program directly to discuss if this is an option for them and to get additional information about the program. The Golf Management option is designed to be a freshman-entry program. Students accepted into the Golf Management program must be at University Park for their third semester.

Registration for the First Semester at University Park for Change-of-Campus Students

A sample schedule is provided below for the first semester at University Park. This assumes relocation to University Park after four semesters. This schedule is intended only as an example and must be adjusted by each student according to courses previously completed. Those students interested in specific option areas should include the following courses (if available) during the first semester at University Park: Outdoor Recreation Option — RPTM 320 and for students interested in the environmental interpretation emphasis — RPTM 325 (available fall only); Therapeutic Recreation Option — RPTM 277; Commercial and Community Recreation Management Option — RPTM 210.

RPTM 101 2 credits
RPTM 120 3 credits
RPTM 236 3 credits

General Education Course 3 credits
Elective 1-3 credits

Independent Study

A student who wishes to enroll for RPTM 296 or 496 must file a written proposal for the independent study prior to the semester of registration for the course. Proposal forms may be obtained from the program office or an academic adviser.

CAREERS IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT

CAREERS IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT

COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT OUTDOOR RECREATION

Activity/Recreation Directors, Program
Specialists, Meeting Planners, Special Event
Directors, Recreation Directors

  • Resorts
  • Convention/Conference Services
    - Corporations - Hotels
    - Associations - Universities
  • Travel and Tourism Bureaus
  • Health and Fitness Settings
  • Corporate/Employee-Based Recreation
  • Amusement/Theme Resorts
  • Ski Industry
  • Community Recreation Departments
  • YMCA, YWCA, Scouting
  • Military Recreation
  • Sports Companies
  • College Unions

Naturalists, Camp Directors, Environmental
or Adventure Specialists, Park Rangers and
Managers

  • Nature Centers
  • County, State and Federal Parks
  • Adventure and Wilderness Programs
  • Resident Camps
  • Environmental Education Centers
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries and Preserves
  • Environmental Interest Groups
GOLF MANAGEMENT

PGA Assistant Professional, PGA Class A
Head Professional, Director of Golf Operations,
Marketing Representative, Consultant

  • Golf Operations
    - Military - Daily fee - Private
    - Municipal/county/state
  • Golf Industry
    - Manufacturing - Consulting Firms - Sales

LIST OF SUPPORTING COURSES FOR RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

Commercial and Community Recreation Option

Suggested Courses

Please consult with your advisor about appropriate course selections relevant to your educational and career goals.

A ED 211: Interpreting Art Experience: Social and Behavioral Perspectives

HM 442*: Hospitality Marketing

ACCTG 211: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

HM 443* Sales Planning and Advertising for Hospitality Operations

AAA S 103: 103 Racism and Sexism

HM 466*: Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry

AM ST 100 (GH) N/A @ UP: American Masculinities

HD FS 129 (GS): Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

ANTH 001 (GS): Introduction to American Studies

HD FS 229 (GS): Infant and Child Development

ANTH 045 (GS, GI): Cultural Anthropology

HD FS 239 (GS): Adolescent Development

ART 002 (GA): Interactive Learning and Web-Design

HD FS 249 (GS): Adult Development and Aging

B A 250*: Small Business Management

HD FS 411*: The Helping Relationship

B A 322* N/A @ UP: Negotiation Skills for Business Professionals

INS 301*: Risk and Insurance

BB H 101 (GHA): Introduction to Biobehavioral Health

I S T 110: Information, People and Technology

B LAW 243*: Legal Environment of Business

KINES 141: The Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Kinesiology

CAS 203 (GS): Interpersonal Communication

KINES 303 N/A @ UP: Emergency Care - First Aid/Safety/AED

CAS 222: Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement

KINES 321*: Psychology of Movement Behavior

CAS 250: Small Group Communication

KINES 492W*: Programming for Business and Agencies

CED 152*: Community Development Concepts and Practice

LER 100 (GS): Employment Relations

CED 230*: Development Issues in the Global Context

MGMT 100: Survey of Management

CED 430*: Principles of Community Economic Development

MGMT 150*: Supervisory Management

CED 452*: Rural Organizations

MGMT 301*: Basic Management Concepts

CIVCM 211/YFE 211: Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement

MGMT 321* N/A @ UP: Leadership and Motivation

COMM 100 (GS): The Mass Media and Society

MGMT 331 N/A @ UP: Management and Organization

COMM 118 (GS): Introduction to Media Effects

MKTG 221*: Contemporary American Marketing

COMM 120: Advertising and Society

MKTG 301: Principles of Marketing

COMM 170: Introduction to the Sports Industry

PHIL 106: Introduction to Business Ethics

COMM 215: Basic Photography for Communication

PHIL 119: Ethical Leadership

COMM 320*: Introduction to Advertising

PL SC 001 (GS): Introduction to American National Government

COMM 370*: Public Relations

PL SC 002*: American Public Policy

CMLIT 107: Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile

PL SC 003 (GS): Introduction to Comparative Politics

ECON 102 (GS): Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

PL SC 014 (GS): International Relations

ECON 104 (GS): Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy

PSYCH 100 (GS): Introductory Psychology

ECON 014 (GS) N/A @ UP: Principles of Economics

PSYCH 231* N/A @ UP: Introduction to the Psychology of Gender

GEOG 020 (GS): Human Geography: An Introduction

PSYCH 270: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

GEOG 030 (GS): Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems

PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Motivation

GEOG 040 (GS, GI) N/A @ UP: World Regional Geography

PSYCH 485: Leadership in Work Settings

GEOG 103 (GS, DF): Geography of Developing World

RPTM 140: Outdoor School Field Experience

GEOG 120 (GS): Urban Geography: A Global Perspective

RPTM 230: Teambuilding Facilitation

GEOG 121 (GS): Integrating GPS and GIS

RPTM 320: Recreation Resource Planning and

Management

GEOG 124 (GS): Elements of Cultural Geography

RPTM 325: Principles of Environmental Interpretation

GEOG 128 N/A @ UP: Geography of International Affairs

RPTM 326: Natural History Interpretation

HM 271*: Introduction to Hospitality Technology

RPTM 330: Adventure-Based Program Leadership

HRIM 310*: Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Purchasing and Cost Control

RPTM 334*: Non-profit Recreation Agency Operations

HM 318*: Club Management and Operations

RPTM 370: Introduction to Arena Management

H M 335*: Hospitality Financial Accounting

RPTM 435*: Recreation Facilities Planning and Management

HM 355*: Legal Aspects of the Hospitality Industry

RPTM 440: Adventure-based Programming and Administration

HM 336*: Hospitality Managerial Accounting

RPTM 470*: Recreation and Park Management

HM 350*: Hospitality Decision Making and Information Systems

RPTM 497D: Peer Mentoring

HM 366: Introduction to Meeting and Event Planning

*For use of other RPTM courses, you must consult with your adviser

HM 365*: Organizational Behavior in the Hospitality Industry

R SOC 011: Introductory Rural Sociology

HM 380: Hotel Management

SOC 001 (GS): Introductory Sociology

HM 384: Introduction to Meeting and Event Planning

SOC 003 (GS): Introductory Social Psychology

HM 386*: Introduction to the Gaming and Casino Industry

SOC 005 (GS): Social Problems

HM 397A: Special Topics

SUST 200: Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability

YFE 211/CIVCM 211: Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement

Level 2 or higher of any World Language

*Check Prerequisites

Outdoor Recreation Option

Suggested Courses

Please consult with your advisor about appropriate course selections relevant to your educational and career goals.

ACCTG 211: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

HIST 151 (GS): Technology and Society in American History

AEE 440: Communication Methods and Media

HM 318: Club Management and Operations

ANTH 011 (GS,IL): Introductory North American Archaeology

HM 335: Hospitality Financial Accounting

ANTH 021(GN): Introductory Biological Anthropology

HM 336: Hospitality Managerial Accounting

ANTH 045(GS): Cultural Anthropology

HM 382: Introduction to Meeting and Event Planning

ANTH 146 (GS;US): North American Indians

HM 466 (US): Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry

ASTRO 001 (GN): Astronomical Universe

HORT 137*: Ornamental Plant Materials

ASTRO 010 (GN): Astronomical Universe

HORT 138* Ornamental Plant Materials

BA 250* 3: Small Business Management

HORT 150: Plants in the Human Context

BI SC 003(GN) 1,2: Environmental Science

KINES 001 (GHA) N/A@UP: Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits

BIOL 011(GN) N/A@UP: Introductory Biology I

KINES 004 (GHA) N/A@UP: Principles of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Trout

BIOL 012(GN) N/A@UP: Introductory Biology II

KINES 008 (GHA): Competition Casting

BIOL 110(GN): Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity

KINES 010 (GHA): Indoor Rock Climbing

BIOL 120A: Plants, Places, and People

KINES 010A (GHA) N/A@UP: Lead Rock Climbing

BIOL 220*(GN): Introduction to Pharmacological Concepts

KINES 013 (GHA) N/A@UP : First Aid, Personal Safety, and CPR

BIOL 450W*: Experimental Field Biology

KINES 060: Principles and Practices of Healthful Living

B LAW 243: Legal Environment of Business

KINES 081: Wellness Theory

B LAW 424: Real Estate Law

KINES 266: Adventure/Outdoor Recreational

CAS 203 (GS): Interpersonal Communication

KINES 439W: Ethics in Sport and Sport Management

CAS 222: Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement

LER 100 (GS): Employment Relations

CAS 250: Small Group Communication

METEO 003 (GN): Introductory Meteorology

CAS 352: Organizational Communication

MGMT 100: Survey of Management

CED 152*: Community Development Concepts and Practice

MGMT 301*: Basic Management Concepts

COMM 100 (GS): The Mass Media and Society

MGMT 321 N/A@UP: Leadership and Motivation

CMLIT 107: Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile

MKTG 220*: Introduction to Selling Techniques

CMPSC 100: Computer Fundamentals and Applications

MKTG 221*: Contemporary American Marketing

CMPSC 203 (GQ): Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases

MKTG 310 N/A@UP: Public Relations and Marketing

EARTH 002 (GN): The Earth System and Global Change

PHIL 118: Introduction to Environmental Philosophy

EARTH 100 (GN): Environment Earth

PHIL 119: Ethical Leadership

ECON 102 (GS): Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

PHIL 403*: Environmental Ethics

ECON 014 (GS) N/A@UP: Principles of Economics

PL SC 001 (GS): Introduction to American National Government

ECON 315*(GS): Labor Economics

PL SC/STS 135: The Politics of the Ecological Crisis

EDPSY 014: Learning and Instruction

PL SC 419*: The Bureaucratic State

ENT 425: Sensory Biology of Insects

PSYCH 100 (GS): Introductory Psychology

E R M 411*: Legal Aspects of Resource Management

PSYCH 221 (GS): Introduction to Social Psychology

E R M 412: Resource Systems Analysis

PSYCH 281 (GS): Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology

E R M 430: Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems

RPTM 140: Outdoor School Field Experience

FOR 203: Field Dendrology

RPTM 210: Introduction to Commercial Recreation and Tourism

FOR 204*: Dendrology

RPTM 300Y: Tourism and Leisure Behavior

FOR 308: Forest Ecology

RPTM 325: Principles of Environmental Interpretation

FOR 401: Urban Forest Management

RPTM 334: Non-profit Recreation Agency Operations

FOR 410: Elements of Forest Ecosystem Management

RPTM 410: Marketing of Recreation Services

FOR 430: Conservation Biology

RPTM 415: Commercial Recreation Management

GEOG 010 (GN): Physical Geography: An Introduction

RPTM 470: Recreation and Park Management

GEOG 020 (GS): Human Geography: An Introduction

RPTM 496: Independent Studies

GEOG 030 (GS): Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems

For use of other RPTM courses, you must consult with your adviser

GEOG 111: Biogeography and Global Ecology

R SOC 011 (GS): Introductory Rural Sociology

GEOG 115: Landforms of the World

SCIED 411: Teaching Secondary Science I

GEOG 122: The American Scene

SCIED 458*: Teaching Science in the Elementary School

GEOG 130: Environment, Power, and Justice

SOC 005 (GS): Social Problems

GEOG 430: Human Use of Environment

SOC 012 (GS): Criminology

GEOSC 002: Historical Geology

STS/PL SC 135: The Politics of the Ecological Crisis

GEOSC 010 (GN): Geology of the National Parks

TURF 235 (GN): The Turfgrass

GEOSC 020 (GN) N/A@UP: Planet Earth

W F S 209* (GN): Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

GEOSC 021 (GN): Earth and Life: Origin and Evolution

W F S 407: Ornithology

GEOSC 040 (GN): The Sea Around Us

W F S 408: Mammalogy

GEOSC 228: Dinosaurs

W F S 409: Mammalogy Laboratory

GEOSC 303: Introduction to Environmental Geology

W F S 410: General Fishery Science

GER 157 (GH): Pennsylvania Germans: The Culture of the Sectarians

W F S 430: Conservation Biology

HD FS 229 (GS): Infant and Child Development

W F S 447W: Wildlife Management

HD FS 239 (GS): Adolescent Development

W F S 446: Wildlife and Fisheries Population Dynamics

HD FS 249 (GS): Adult Development and Aging

W F S 452: Ichthyology

HD FS 411*: The Helping Relationship

WILDL 101: Introduction to Wildlife Management

HIST 012 (GH): History of Pennsylvania

WILDL 103: Animal Identification

HIST 020 (GH;US): American Civilization to 1877

WILDL 209: Animal Handling and Care

* Check Prerequisites