Community Recreation and Park Administration - Certificate

Management of recreation, park and leisure-service agencies requires expertise in problem-solving, decision-making, assessment of social and environmental impacts, personnel, public relations, volunteer management, financing and fund-raising, marketing of services, and needs assessments. Skills in working with people in the legal and political environment are necessary, as well as the ability to assess and work with other organizations for cooperative developments in recreation and tourism. Utilizing computer based decision-aids, students in this emphasis prepare for managerial careers with public recreation and park agencies, youth agencies, not-for-profit recreation agencies, and commercial recreation enterprises.

Community Recreation and Park Administration Certificate
RPTS 209Park and Tourism Operations3
RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
or RPTS 323   or Managing Hospitality and Recreation Organizations 
RPTS 370Youth Development Organizations and Services3
RPTS 401Tourism and Recreation Enterprises4
or RPTS 403   or Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 
RPTS 402Park Planning and Design 13
Departmental elective (Select from list below)3
Supervised Field Studies
Leisure and Outdoor Recreation in American Culture
Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources
Foundations of Community and Community Development
Recreational Management of Wildlands
Event Management and Operations I
Event Management and Operations II
Tourism Marketing
Understanding and Developing Effective Skills for Youth Development
Cruise Tourism
Hotel and Resort Operations
Tourism Impacts
Service Quality for Hospitality Organizations
Nature, Values, and Protected Areas
Grant Writing and Program Evaluation for Youth Development Organizations
Leadership for Outdoor Recreation
Youth Development Practice
Park Ecology and Management
Study Abroad in Natural Resources
Total Semester Credit Hours19

For graduation, students must earn at least a C average (2.0) in certificate courses.