Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

The power of leisure, recreation, tourism, and parks to enhance human health

Ever since our founding in 1946, the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies has valued and promoted the protection of open space and healthy recreational activity as a means to promote the health, quality of life, and well-being for all.

Our students embark on a variety of exciting career paths through specialized studies in Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation; Recreational Therapy; Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management; and Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology.

In order to offer hands-on experience beyond the traditional classroom, we work closely with local, state, and national agencies in cooperative research, education, and internship opportunities. We also have a variety of activities and initiatives through programs, centers, and institutes, including the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, the Leisure Research Institute, and the Executive Development Program.

Our outstanding faculty's integration of excellence in research, relevance in education, and responsiveness in service makes us one of the nation's preeminent departments of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies.