Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Transforming Health and Wellness — Through Engaging People in Recreation
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State strives to positively impact health and wellness through recreation, park, tourism, and leisure opportunities — often affectionately referred to by many as the aspirational “bucket list” activities of their lives.
Explore the undergraduate degree that examines the broad spectrum of ways in which leisure activities, tourism and participating in life changing “experiences” impact our health and well-being.
The graduate program explores how the social, environmental, psychological, and economic aspects of a broad array of leisure activities and pursuits can truly transform people’s lives and sense of well-being.
Our team of esteemed research professionals collaborates closely with students and industry partners to examine how people engage in a full spectrum of recreational activities and how it affects their lives, the lives of others, and the environment around them.
The RPTM program on World Campus can help prepare you for a career in one of the world’s largest service-sector industries, all from the comfort of your home. It has been built to help you gain the theoretical, managerial, practical and technical skills needed to succeed in the field.
A former circus performer, Jen Agans toured in tent shows across New England. Now, she uses her circus background to advance her research efforts on positive youth development in recreation within the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.