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 YOU WILL LEARN
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:
- Natural Resource
- Recreation Sport Mangement
- Therapeutic Recreation
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?
- Park management
- Recreation programming
- Use of recreation to improve human function
- Inspiration of individuals utilizing recreation and park resources
- Design and maintenance principles for parks, sports fields, and golf courses
- Creating conditions where people can live better lives, improve their communities, and make the world a better place
- Environmental stewardship
- Delivery of recreation services to diverse populations
- Use of biological science and business knowledge to manage park resources
- Planning, design, and operation of park and recreation facilities
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.
What Resources Are Available To Me?
- National Park Service
- National Recreation and Park Association
- Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association
- Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association
- Arkansas State Parks
- Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
- Arkansas Therapeutic Recreation Society
- Arkansas Hospitality Association
- American Camp Association
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- National Association for Interpretation
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
- Sports Turf Managers Association
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Student Conservation Association
- USA Jobs
Within 2 Hours Of Arkansas Tech University Campus:
- 6 state parks
- 4 national park service sites
- 6 national wild/scenic rivers
- 7 national wilderness areas
- 2 national forests
Additional Resources Specifically For Tech Students:
- Recreation and Parks Club
- Campus Recreation Fishing Club
- Campus Environmental Coalition
- Recreation & Park Administration Learning Labs
Where Might I Find A Job After Graduating From This Program?
Our graduates work in the following positions:
- Golf Course Superintendent
- Recreation Therapist
- Park Interpreter
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Manager
- U.S. Forest Service District Staff
- National Park Service Ranger
- Park Ranger
- Park Superintendent
- Director of City Parks and Recreation
- Boy Scouts Executive
- Girl Scouts Executive
- Sports Fields Maintenance
- Bike Shop Staff
- Trout Fishing Resort Staff
- Camp Director
- Wildland Firefighter
- University Staff
- Campus Recreation
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.