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

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 Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/OUTRC Adventure Based Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (Other Campuses)
RPTM/OUTRC Environmental Interpretation Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/OUTRC Environmental Interpretation Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (Other Campuses)
RPTM/OUTRC Management Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
RPTM/OUTRC Management Emphasis Recommended Academic Plan (Other 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.

Therapeutic Recreation Option: *This option is closed to new students effective Summer 2010. The Therapeutic Recreation option prepares students to provide comprehensive therapeutic recreation services intended to facilitate the development of a satisfying leisure life-style for individuals of all ages experiencing limitation through disability, illness, or restricted social conditions. It will be of interest to students seeking employment in health and human service agencies, including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and a variety of treatment, residential, and community-based facilities.

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 cr.
RPTM 120 3 cr.
RPTM 236 3 cr.

General Education Course 3 cr.
Elective 1-3 cr.

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

YOU SHOULD THINK OF THIS LIST AS A GUIDE. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH YOUR ADVISER, YOU MAY CHOOSE OTHER COURSES THAT MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR INTERESTS.

ACCTG 211

AAA S 103

AM ST 100 (GH) N/A @ UP

ANTH 001 (GS)

ANTH 041

ANTH 045 (GS)

ART 002 (GA)

B A 250*

B A 322* N/A @ UP

BB H 101 (GHA)

B LAW 243*

CAS 203 (GS)

COMM 100 (GS)

COMM 120

COMM 320*

COMM 370*

ECON 102 (GS

ECON 104 (GS)

ECON 014 (GS) N/A @ UP

GEOG 020 (GS)

GEOG 030 (GS)

GEOG 040 (GS) N/A @ UP

GEOG 103 (GS)

GEOG 120 (GS)

GEOG 121 (GS)

GEOG 124 (GS)

GEOG 128 N/A @ UP

HM 271*

HRIM 301

HM 318

H M 335*

HM 336*

HM 350*

HM 365*

HM 442*

HM 466*

HD FS 129 (GS)

INS 301*

I S T 110

KINES 141

KINES 303 N/A @ UP

KINES 321*

KINES 492W*

LER 100 (GS)

MGMT 100

MGMT 150*

MGMT 301*

MGMT 321* N/A @ UP

MGMT 331 N/A @ UP

MKTG 221*

MKTG 301

PL SC 001 (GS)

PL SC 002*

PL SC 003 (GS)

PL SC 014 (GS

PSYCH 102 (GS)

PSYCH 231* N/A @ UP

RPTM 330

RPTM 334*

RPTM 435*

RPTM 462*

RPTM 470*

R SOC 011

SOC 001 (GS

SOC 003 (GS)

SOC 005 (GS)

Level 2 or higher, any world language

*Check Prerequisites

Outdoor Recreation Option

Suggested Courses

YOU SHOULD THINK OF THIS LIST AS A GUIDE. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH YOUR ADVISER, YOU MAY CHOOSE OTHER COURSES THAT MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR INTERESTS.

ACCTG 211

AEE 440

ANTH 011 (GS,IL)

ANTH 021(GN)

ANTH 045(GS)

ANTH 146 (GS;US)

ASTRO 001 (GN)

ASTRO 010 (GN)

BA 250* 3

BI SC 003(GN) 1,2

BIOL 011(GN) N/A@UP

BIOL 012(GN) N/A@UP

BIOL 110(GN)

BIOL 220*(GN)

BIOL 450W*

B LAW 243

B LAW 424

CAS 203 (GS)

CAS 352

COMM 100 (GS)

CMPSC 100

CMPSC 203 (GQ)

EARTH 002 (GN)

EARTH 100 (GN)

ECON 102 (GS)

ECON 014 (GS) N/A@UP

ECON 315*(GS)

EDPSY 014

ENT 425

E R M 411*

E R M 412

E R M 430

FOR 203

FOR 204*

FOR 308

FOR 401

FOR 410

FOR 430

GEOG 010 (GN)

GEOG 020 (GS)

GEOG 030 (GS)

GEOG 111

GEOG 115

GEOG 122

GEOG 430

GEOSC 010 (GN)

GEOSC 020 (GN) N/A@UP

GEOSC 021 (GN)

GEOSC 040 (GN)

GEOSC 303

GER 157 (GH)

HD FS 229 (GS)

HD FS 239 (GS)

HD FS 249 (GS)

HD FS 411*

HIST 012 (GH)

HIST 020 (GH;US)

HIST 151 (GS)

HM 318

HM 335

HM 336

HM 466 (US)

HORT 137*

HORT 138*

KINES 001 (GHA) N/A@UP

KINES 004 (GHA) N/A@UP

KINES 008 (GHA)

KINES 010 (GHA)

KINES 010A (GHA) N/A@UP

KINES 013 (GHA) N/A@UP

KINES 266

KINES 439W

LER 100 (GS)

METEO 003 (GN)

MGMT 100,

MGMT 301*

MGMT 321 N/A@UP

MKTG 220*

MKTG 221*

MKTG 310 N/A@UP

PHIL 403*

PL SC 001 (GS)

PL SC 419*

PSYCH 100 (GS)

PSYCH 221 (GS)

PSYCH 281 (GS)

RPTM 210

RPTM 300Y

RPTM 325

RPTM 334

RPTM 410

RPTM 415

RPTM 470

RPTM 496

R SOC 011 (GS)

SCIED 411

SCIED 458*

SOC 005 (GS)

SOC 012 (GS)

TURF 235 (GN

W F S 209* (GN)

W F S 407

W F S 408

W F S 409

W F S 410

W F S 430

W F S 447W

W F S 446

W F S 452

* Check Prerequisites