A Brief History of Recreation & ParkAdministration Program

The Recreation program was established at Arkansas Tech University in 1965 as part of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). The first Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation were conferred in 1966.

The Recreation Program was moved out of the HPER Department in 1968 and designated as the Department of Recreation and Park Administration.

The Recreation and Park Administration Program was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation in 1997. The program was reaccredited in 2002 and 2007.

The Recreation & Park Administration Program Offers 5 Areas Of Emphasis For Students:

Natural Resource

The Natural Resource emphasis prepares students to manage large resource areas and visitor facilities. Planning and management aspect of land and water resources are a major point, with private and public recreation and park systems as targeted employment areas.

Recreation Administration

The Recreation Administration emphasis prepares students to work in community and agency settings and commercial recreation businesses. Programming and people management are the major focal points in this area.

Interpretive Naturalist

The Interpretation emphasis prepares students for a career with various interpretive and outdoor education programs in private, state, and federal agencies.

Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation emphasis prepares students for a career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) working with special populations in clinical and community recreation environments.

Turf Management

The Turf Management emphasis prepares students for a career in management of public and private golf courses, stadiums and sports fields. Students will learn basic techniques used in turf management as well as machinery involved and planning of landscape areas and golf courses.