about our program

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.




What Is The Recreation & Park Administration Degree?

Students in this degree program learn to use recreation to make the world a better place and improve quality of life from nationally known and respected faculty with connections across all sectors of employment.

Students Choose To Concentrate Their Studies In One Of 5 Emphases:

Students gain hands-on experience and knowledge through course assignments, a pre-internship field experience course, and internship. This major is part of the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What Will I Learn In This Program?

What Courses Will I Take?

The Academic Advising Center has created maps that are term-by-term sample course schedules based on the current Undergraduate Catalog. On each Degree Map, the milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep students on track to graduate in four years. 

Course Descriptions can be viewed in the Undergraduate Catalog 

What Resources Are Available To Me?

Within 2 Hours Of Arkansas Tech University Campus:
Additional Resources Specifically For Tech Students:

Where Might I Find A Job After Graduating From This Program?

Our graduates work in the following positions:

Where Can I Get More Information About The Recreation & Park Administration Degree?

For more information about the Recreation & Park Administration degree and requirements, see the program within the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences catalog or contact Dr. Cathi McMahan.