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Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration


Dr. Cathi McMahan, Head
Williamson Hall, Room 102
(479) 968-0378
cmcmahan@atu.edu

Professor:
T. Herrick
Associate Professor:
McMahan
Assistant Professors:
Bishop, S.S. Lee, Moll,
Montgomery, West

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration offers a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration and Hospitality Administration, an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Management and minors in Recreation and Park Administration and Hospitality Administration.

The Recreation and Park Administration major provides specialized education that prepares students for supervisory and administrative positions in federal, state, and local recreation and park agencies as well as commercial recreation and tourism organizations. This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association.

Vision
The program will produce leaders in Recreation and Park Administration.

Core Values
The Recreation and Park Administration Program is committed to:

  • Lifelong learning
  • Service to community
  • Personal and professional development
  • Diversity of experience
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Healthy lifestyles

Mission
The mission of the Recreation and Park Administration Program is to educate Recreation and Park professionals for self, community and society.

Recreation and Park Administration

This program is designed to prepare students for management careers in private and public recreation agencies or park systems. A broad background in the behavioral and natural sciences is required with major emphasis on resource management and the delivery of leisure services to diverse populations. Specialized course work in biological sciences and business management aid in natural resource decision making. This provides a base for professional courses in planning, design, and operation of park and recreation facilities. A career in recreation administration, park administration, therapeutic recreation, turf management or interpretation requires a basic understanding of human behavior and the challenges of contemporary society. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the career field, a student is required to choose courses from several related fields, based on professional interest. A comprehensive general education is complemented with a core of professional courses. The Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration offers five emphases of professional preparation:

Recreation Administration Emphasis prepares students to work in community and agency settings and commercial recreation businesses. Programming and people management are major areas of expertise.

Recreation Administration Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 ECON 2003T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 MATH 10031,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 SPH 2003T 3
RP 1013 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 LBMD 2001 1 RP 2033 3
Physical Activity1,T 2 Social Sciences1,T 3 RP 2003 3 RP 2013 3
COMS 1003T 3 ACCT 2003T 3 RP 3023 3
Approved Elective2 3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts1,T 3 Humanities1,T 3 RP 4001 1 RP 4023 3
RP 3013 3 RP 3043 3 RP 4013 3 RP 4113 3
RP 3034 4 RP 3063 3 RP 4103 3 RP 4093 3
RP 3033 3 Approved Elective2 3 HA 4013 3 Approved Elective2 3
Approved Elective2 3 RP 3503 3 RP 4063 3
PE 4103 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 12
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
RP 41163 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor.
3Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis prepares students for a career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) working with special populations in clinical and community recreation environments. The specialized TR emphasis prepares students for national certification under guidelines established by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 ECON 2003T 3
Physical Activity1,T 2 COMS 1003T 3 SPH 2003T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 RP 2003 3 LBMD 2001 1
RP 1013 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 RS 2003 3 RP 2033 3
MATH 10031,T 3 BIOL 2004T 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
RP 4173 3 PSY 3163 3 RP 4373 3 RP 4023 3
PSY 3063 3 RP 3063 3 PE 4103 3 RP 4113 3
RP 3013 3 RP 3043 3 RP 4013 3 RP 4273 3
RP 3033 3 PSY 3003 3 RP 4103 3 RP 4073 3
RP 3034 4 Approved Elective2 2 AHS 2013T 3
RP 4001 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
RP 41163 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See departmental advisor
3Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Natural Resource Emphasis prepares students to manage large parks, resource areas and visitor facilities. Planning and management of land and water resources within private and public park and natural resource management organizations to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for constituents are emphasized.

Natural Resource Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 ECON 2003T 3
RP 1013 3 COMS 1003T 3 RP 2003 3 RP 2013 3
CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111 or GEOL 1014T 4 BIOL 2124 or 2134T 4 Physical Activity1,T 2 RP 2033 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 LBMD 2001 1 SPH 2003T 3
MATH 10031,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3 Approved Elective2 4
RP Major Elective3 4
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Humanities1,T 3 RP 3043 3 RP 4001 1 RP 4023 3
RP 3033 3 RP 3063 3 RP 4013 3 RP 4113 3
RP 3013 3 RP 3053 3 RP 4063 3 RP Major Elective3 4
RP 3034 4 Approved Elective2 6 RP 4103 3 Approved Elective2 3
RP 3093 3 HA 4013 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 13
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
RP 41164 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor or select from the following list:
BIOL 1014, 1114, 2124, 2134, or any 3000 or 4000 level BIOL course
FW 2003, or any 3000 or 4000 level FW course
GEOL 1014 or 3153 AGEG 3203 or 3213
AGPS 1024, 1033 or 3244 AGSS 2014
GEOG 4833
3Choose from the following RP courses: RP 1993, 3993, 4053, or 4773
4Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Turf Management Emphasis prepares students to meet the expanding market for turfgrass specialists in parks, recreation playfields and golf courses.

Turf Management Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 6 RP 2033 3
RP 1013 3 BIOL 2134T 4 PSY 2003T 3 ECON 2003T 3
CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111T 4 MATH 10031,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3 Humanities1,T 3
Physical Activity1,T 2 COMS 1003T 3 RP 2003 3 RP 2013 3
AGPS 1024 4 AGSS 2014 4
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
RP 3013 3 RP 3043 3 RP 4001 1 RP 4023 3
RP 3033 3 AGPS 3053 3 RP 4063 3 Electives 6
RP 3034 4 RP 3063 3 RP 4103 3 RP 4763 3
RP 3763 3 RP 3793 3 RP 4753 3 RP 3791 1
RP 4013 3 AGPS 3244 4 RP 4113 3  
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 13
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
RP 41163 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor.
3Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Interpretation Emphasis offers a curriculum that utilizes communication skills and interpretive methods courses to provide training for those wanting to find employment with various interpretive programs of private, state and federal agencies operating cultural and natural history oriented sites. Students are required to minor in Anthropology, Biology, or History.

Interpretation Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 ECON 2003T 3
RP 1013 3 BIOL 1014T 4 RP 2003 3 RP 2033 3
GEOL 1014T 4 COMS 1003T 3 SPH 2003T 3 RP 2013 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Physical Activity1,T 2 LBMD 2001 1
MATH 10031,T 3 Approved Elective2 4 Elective in Minor3 3
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts1,T 3 Humanities1,T 3 RP 4001 1 RP 4023 3
RP 3033 3 RP 3043 3 RP 4013 3 ANTH/MUSM 4403 3
RP 3013 3 RP 3063 3 RP 4103 3 RP Major Elective4 6
RP 3034 4 Elective in Minor3 7 RP 4113 3 Elective in Minor3 5
RP 3093 3 Elective in Minor3 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 17
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
RP 41165 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor.
3Students must minor in Anthropology, History or Biology. See Departmental Advisor.
4Students must select from the following list of RP courses: RP 1993, 3023, 3133,3993,4042, 4053, 4093, 4753, 4951-4, 4991-3.
5Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor Recreation
and Park
Administration

The minor in Recreation and Park Administration is designed for those students majoring in other disciplines who wish to develop specialized knowledge in the area of Recreation and Park Administration. This minor may be of particular interest to those students who wish to work for a recreation and park oriented agency after graduation. This minor may be well-suited for Emergency Management, Fisheries and Wildlife Science, and Hospitality Administration majors. Flexibility in the minor allows students to choose courses to match their particular needs and interests. The minor in Recreation and Park Administration requires 18 hours of courses:

RP 1013 Principles of Recreation and Park Administration
RP 2003 Recreation Programming
RP Electives (12 hours of RP academic courses including 9 hours at the 3000
or 4000 level, excluding RP 3043, RP 4001, and RP 4116)

Hospitality Administration

Mission
The mission of the Hospitality Administration Program is to provide quality education in hospitality administration and provide a foundation for professional growth and development. This is achieved by:

  • Providing knowledge, skills and abilities through a comprehensive academic curriculum.
  • Demonstrating professionalism, leadership and high ethical standards by a competent faculty and administration.
  • Promoting community service and outreach.
  • Emphasizing the importance of research and continuing education.
  • Encouraging life-long learning.

The Hospitality Administration degree program is designed to prepare students for management positions within the hospitality industry such as lodging, resorts, conference, convention and visitor centers, restaurants, contract services, theme parks and travel and tourism related operations.

The course work concentrates on general business, management, finance, marketing, accounting, law, computer science, and specific courses related to hospitality management. The entire curriculum features numerous opportunities for the practical application of problem-solving skills and creativity. The Hospitality Administration Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

The Lodging and Club Management Emphasis prepares students for management careers in hotels, lodging, resorts, and public and private clubs. This emphasis will analyze competitive strategies, leadership styles, teamwork, and technology in this dynamic and ever-changing hospitality industry.

Curriculum in Lodging and Club Management Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HA 2003 3 HA 2023 3
BIOL 1014T 4 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111T 4 HA 3143 3 ACCT 2013T 3
COMS 1003T 3 MATH 1113T 3 ACCT 2003T 3 HA 2043 3
HA 1043 3 HA 1063 3 HA 2063 3 SPH 2173T 3
Physical Activity1,T 2 Approved Electives2 2 ECON 2003T 3 PSY 2003T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BUAD 3023 3 HA 4093 3 HA 4113 3 HA 4253 3
Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3 HA 4073 3 HA 4023 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 GEOG 2013T 3 HA 4063 3 HA 4203 3
Approved Electives2 3 HA 4033 3 HA 4013 3 HA 4001 1
HA 2053 3 MGMT 3003 3 HA 4243  3 Approved Electives2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
HA 41163 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor.
3Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

The Tourism and Event Management Emphasis prepares students for careers in tourism, convention and visitors bureaus and sport and event management. This emphasis will provide a background in commercial recreation, recreational sport and event management in Arkansas’ second leading industry and the world’s largest industry. Tourism and Event Management is a collection of industries under the larger umbrella of hospitality management.

Curriculum in Tourism and Event Management Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HA 2003 3 HA 2023 3
BIOL 1014T 4 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111T 4 HA 2133 3 HA 3133 3
COMS 1003T 3 MATH 1113T 3 ACCT 2003T 3 ACCT 2013T 3
HA 1043 3 HA 1063 3 HA 2063 3 SPH 2173T 3
Physical Activity1,T 2 Approved Electives2 3 ECON 2003T 3 PSY 2003T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BUAD 3023 3 RP 3503 3 Approved Electives2 3 HA 4023 3
Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3 HA 4073 3 HA 4053 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 GEOG 2013T 3 HA 4113 3 HA 4203 3
RP 3033 3 HA 4033 3 HA 4013 3 HA 4001 1
HA 2053 3 MGMT 3003 3 Approved Elective2 2 HA 4093 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
HA 41163 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor.
3Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

The Food and Beverage Management Emphasis prepares students for management careers in the food and beverage industries as well as managed foodservice. This emphasis will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for a comprehensive management background in this dynamic and ever-changing hospitality industry. Restaurants are the nation’s largest private-sector employer.

Curriculum in Food and Beverage Management Emphasis
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HA 2003 3 HA 2053 3
BIOL 1014T 4 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111T 4 HA 1923 3 HA 2023 3
COMS 1003T 3 MATH 1113T 3 ACCT 2003T 3 ACCT 2013T 3
HA 1043 3 HA 1063 3 HA 2063 3 SPH 2173T 3
Physical Activity1,T 2 HA 1013 3 ECON 2003T 3 PSY 2003T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BUAD 3023 3 Approved Electives2,T 3 Approved Electives2 3 HA 4033 3
Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3 HA 4073 3 HA 4113 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 GEOG 2013T 3 HA 4063 3 HA 4203 3
HA 2813 3 Approved Electives2 2 HA 4013 3 HA 4001 1
HA 2913 3 MGMT 3003 3 HA 4983 3 HA 4023 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Senior 9th Semester
Fall
HA 41163 6
Total Hours 6
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor.
3Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor Hospitality Administration

The Hospitality Administration minor is designed for students of any major who want to learn about the hospitality profession. The minor in Hospitality Administration consists of 18 hours of coursework:

HA 1043 Introduction to Hospitality Management
HA 2053 Work Experience
HA 4093 Resort Management
HA Elective (3 hours)
HA Elective (6 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Management

Curriculum in Culinary Management
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131 3 ENGL 10231 3 CUL 2903 3 CUL 2023 3
CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111 4 COMS 1003 3 SPH 2173 3 CUL 2063 3
MATH 1003  3 PSY 2003 3  CUL 2003 3 Elective 3
CUL 1013 3 CUL 2813  3 CUL 2053 3 CUL 2933 3
CUL 1923  3 CUL 2913 3        
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
Summer Between 1st and 2nd year Summer After 2nd Spring
CUL 2923 3     CUL 2996 6    
CUL 2943 3            
Total Hours 6     Total Hours 6    
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".