The Department Offers A Bachelor Of Science In:


Degrees and Programs



Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration

Major Options

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 sport management, park administration, therapeutic recreation, 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 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.


Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration

Major Options

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 program will develop leaders in the Hospitality profession.

Core Values

  • Community Service
  • Commitment to personal and professional development
  • Embrace diversity
  • Lifelong learning
  • Work hard/Play hard
  • Communication
  • Harmony


The mission of the Hospitality Administration Program is to provide quality education in hospitality administration, build a foundation for professional growth and development and encourage lifelong learning.



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Contact the Department of Parks, Recreation & Hospitality Administration

Williamson Hall 124

1205 N. El Paso Avenue

Russellville, AR 72801

Phone: (479) 968-0378