Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management
BA - Program Requirements
Linda McKinley-Grider, MPS, Chair, School of Business
Center for Entrepreneurship
Ginni Dilworth, PhD, Program Coordinator
J.L. Turner Leadership Center, Room 109
Full-time program faculty: Katie M. Curry, MAcc; Ginni Dilworth, PhD; Al Eferstein, MPA; Jennifer Furkin, MA; John Howery, MBA; Daniel A. Koger, PhD; Sheron Lawson, DIBA; Linda McKinley-Grider, MPS; Susan Minton, MA; Trudy Morlino, PhD; Greg Phelps, PhD; Mohammad Pourheydarian, PhD; Benson Sexton, PhD; Michael Starr, MBA; Thomas Taylor, PhD; Jerry Thomas, MA
The Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management (RTSM) program focuses on preparing students to enter professional careers that involve developing, planning, and managing leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism programs and facilities. As RTSM professionals, graduates will be involved in improving the quality of people’s lives and the livability of their communities by developing, communicating, and applying knowledge and educating professionals committed to providing recreation, tourism, and sport resources that are environmentally, socially, and economically beneficial.
The Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management degree program is not accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.
Students should note that the business emphasis may provide fewer than the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.
Program Requirements: 63-66 hours
Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s core requirements, must select program electives as indicated, and must select one of its two emphasis areas (Business or Communication/Leadership) and complete the requirements for that area.
A. Core Requirements: 30 hours
- Introduction to Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management (RTSM 2013) – 3 hours
- Leadership & Diversity in RTSM (RTSM 2103) – 3 hours
- Principles of Tourism (RTSM 2403) – 3 hours
- Principles of Sport Management (RTSM 2603) – 3 hours
- Recreation Programming (RTSM 3303) – 3 hours
- Outdoor Recreation Management (RTSM 3513) – 3 hours
- Research & Evaluation in RTSM (RTSM 3613) – 3 hours
- Pre-Internship Seminar (RTSM 3901) – 1 hour
- Senior RTSM Seminar (RTSM 4012) – 2 hours
- Professional Event Management (RTSM 4303) – 3 hours
- RTSM Internship (RTSM 4903) – 3 hours
B. Program Electives (select from the following): 12 hours
- Recreation & Sport Facility Management (RTSM 3103) – 3 hours
- Outdoor Living Skills (RTSM 3503) – 3 hours
- Outdoor Recreation & Rural Tourism Consortium (RTSM 3523) – 3 hours
- Special Topics (RTSM 3803) – 3 hours
- Park & Open Space Planning & Design (RTSM 4203) – 3 hours
- Tourism Destination Management (RTSM 4403) – 3 hours
- Athletic Administration (RTSM 4603) – 3 hours
- Special Topics (RTSM 4803) – 3 hours
- Recreational Ministries (RELI 4403) – 3 hours
C. Emphasis Area (select one of the following): 21-24 hours
1 – Business Emphasis Requirements: 21-24 hours
- College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for ACCT 2113 and ECON 2033 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
- Financial Accounting (ACCT 2113) – 3 hours
- Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2123) – 3 hours
- Introduction to Management (BUSI 2903) – 3 hours
- Principles of Marketing (BUSI 3933) – 3 hours
- Personnel Management (BUSI 3953) – 3 hours
- Survey of Economic Issues (ECON 2023) or Microeconomics (ECON 2033) – 3 hours
- Approved BUSI Elective – 3 hours
Note: Completion of the Business emphasis requirements will result in a minor in Business Administration if the application for the minor is filed in the Registrar’s Office.
2 – Communication/Leadership Emphasis Requirements: 21 hours
- Introduction to Communication (COMM 1003) – 3 hours
- Group Communication & Decision Making (COMM 3303) – 3 hours
- Conflict Resolution (COMM 4103) or Crisis Communication (COMM 4203) – 3 hours
- Interviewing (COMM 4503) – 3 hours
- 3000-4000 level COMM electives – 9 hours
Note: Completion of the Communication/Leadership emphasis requirements will result in a minor in Communication if the application for the minor is filed in the Registrar’s Office.
In RTSM 4903, a ten-week, 400-hour internship related to the student’s concentration must be successfully completed. Seniors also develop and complete a special project to benefit the internship site.