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, and 2013.




About the Program


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


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





Areas Of Emphasis

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.

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Recreation Sport Management

The Recreation Sport Management 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.

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

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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.

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