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Most people spend a significant amount of time and money planning the things they like to do in their “down time” — but have you ever considered how those choices profoundly affect the quality of their lives?

Comprised of a passionate group of students, staff, and world-class educators and researchers, the Penn State Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) undergraduate program examines the broad spectrum of ways in which leisure activities impact our health and well-being over the course of our lives.


The RPTM major is particularly noteworthy for its flexible in-depth coursework with a choice of three program options:

The program also offers some truly unique opportunities to get out of the classroom, roll up your sleeves, and delve into hands-on learning activities, international experiences, and involvement with professional organizations to prepare you for pursuing an advanced degree or entering an astounding variety of careers that will make substantive contributions to the field of study and society, as a whole.