Undergraduate Catalog

Colleges

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:

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 Approved Elective2 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 COMS 1003T 3 PSY 2003T 3 SPH 2003T 3
RP 1013 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 LBMD 2001 1 RP 2033 3
TECH 1001 1 Mathematics1,T 3 RP 2003 3 RP 2013 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Approved Elective2 3 RP 3023 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & 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 RP 3403 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 PSY 3813 3
TECH 1001 1 COMS 1003T 3 SPH 2003T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 RP 2003 3 LBMD 2001 1
RP 1013 3 Mathematics1,T 3 RS 2003 3 RP 2033 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 BIOL 2004T 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
RP 4173 3 RP 4473 3 RP 4373 3 RP 4023 3
RP 3403 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 3 AHS 2013T 3
RP 4001 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 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 Approved Elective2 4
RP 1013 3 COMS 1003T 3 RP 2003 3 RP 2013 3
CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111 or
GEOL 1014T
4 BIOL 2124 or BIOL 2134T 4 RP Major Elective3 4 RP 2033 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 LBMD 2001 1 SPH 2003T 3
TECH 1001 1 Mathematics1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & 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 3 RP 4103 3 Approved Elective2 3
RP 3093 3 RP 3403 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, BIOL 1114, BIOL 2124, BIOL 2134, or any 3000 or 4000 level BIOL course
FW 2003, or any 3000 or 4000 level FW course
GEOL 1014 or GEOL 3153 AGEG 3203 or AGEG 3213
AGPS 1024, AGPS 1033 or AGPS 3244 AGSS 2014
GEOG 4833
3Choose from the following RP courses: RP 1993, RP 3993, RP 4053, or RP 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 3 RP 2033 3
RP 1013 3 BIOL 2134T 4 PSY 2003T 3 AGSS 2014 4
CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111T 4 Mathematics1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
TECH 1001 1 COMS 1003T 3 RP 2003 3 RP 2013 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 SPH 2003 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
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 4
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 RP 3403 3 RP 4113 3 AGPS 3244 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15
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 Social Sciences1,T 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
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Mathematics1,T 3 ElectiveT 3 LBMD 2001 1
TECH 1001 1 Elective in Minor3 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 13
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 RP 3403 3 RP 4001 1 RP 4023 3
RP 3033 3 RP 3043 3 RP 4013 3 ANTH 4403/MUSM 4403 3
RP 3013 3 RP 3063 3 RP 4103 3 RP Major Elective4 3
RP 3034 4 Elective in Minor3 7 RP 4113 3 Elective in Minor3 5
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
RP 3093 3 Elective in Minor3 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
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, RP 3023, RP 3053,RP 3993,RP 4042, RP 4053, RP 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:

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
Science with Lab1,T 4 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 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
TECH 1001 1 Approved Electives2 2 ECON 2003T 3 PSY 2003T 3
Total Hours 14 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
HA 3143 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 HA 4073 3 HA 4023 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 MGMT 3003 3 HA 4063 3 HA 4203 3
Approved Electives2 3 HA 4033 3 HA 4013 3 HA 4001 1
HA 2053 3 HA 4243 3 Approved Electives2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 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
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 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
TECH 1001 1 Approved Electives2 3 ECON 2003T 3 PSY 2003T 3
Total Hours 14 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
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 HA 4073 3 HA 4053 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 MGMT 3003 3 HA 4113 3 HA 4203 3
RP 3033 3 HA 4033 3 HA 4013 3 HA 4001 1
HA 2053 3 Approved Elective2 2 HA 4093 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 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
Science with Lab1,T 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
TECH 1001 1 HA 1013 3 ECON 2003T 3 PSY 2003T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BUAD 3023 3 Approved Electives2,T 5 HA 4013 3 HA 4033 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 HA 4073 3 HA 4113 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 MGMT 3003 3 HA 4063 3 HA 4203 3
HA 2813 3 Approved Electives (3000-4000 level) 3 HA 4983 3 HA 4001 1
HA 2913 3 HA 4023 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 12 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
MATH 1003 3 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111 4 SPH 2173 3 CUL 2063 3
CUL 1013 3 CUL 2813 3 CUL 2003 3 COMS 1003 3
CUL 1923 3 CUL 2913 3 CUL 2053 3 CUL 2933 3
TECH 1001 1
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 13 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".