Community and Commercial Recreation Management Option

In the Community and Commercial Recreation option, you will focus on management of recreation and tourism venues and programs. The courses in the option are designed to help you develop a well-rounded view of the business of recreation and tourism, with courses in tourism, marketing, event planning, and management. Work in resorts, theme parks, or convention centers, or improve the quality of life for others through recreation program delivery in government and non-profit agencies or the tourism industry.

Through this option in the RPTM program, you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Community and Commercial Recreation and gain vital skills that will you lead in your field. Students who successfully complete the program have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Assess social, environmental, political, and economic benefits and demerits of tourism development
  • Develop a comprehensive recreation and tourism business plan taking into consideration an understanding of the strategic managmentprocess and how that process applies to the for-profit recreation industry
  • Develop strategic management decisions for non-profit and for-profit recreation/tourism organizations grounded in the analysis of market, financial, legal, and political environments
  • Present their ideas orally and in writing in a manner that conveys professional competence and technical expertise

Career Possibilities

Career options for RPTM Community and Commercial Recreation students are often wide-ranging. Graduates have found successful careers in many of the settings:

  • Resorts
  • Theme parks
  • Convention centers
  • Sports/fitness facilities (including arenas and stadiums)
  • Tourism promotion/planning agencies
  • Corporate employee recreation

Public and Nonprofit Sectors

  • Municipal, state, and federal government agencies
  • Recreation divisions of armed services
  • YMCA/YWCAs and similar agencies
  • United Way agencies
  • Scouting organizations
  • University-affiliated units such as student unions, intramural, and alumni services
  • Nonprofit organizations

Recommended Academic Plan

Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree.

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.