Recreation, Sport & Tourism Management

Welcome to the Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management program!

Recreation and leisure are essential to having strong communities and a satisfying lifestyle. USF’s RSTM program prepares students for rewarding careers in leisure services through its commitment to serving human needs for meaningful leisure in a variety of settings. Its dedicated faculty trains students for professional leadership roles through innovative instruction, experiential learning and a personalized advising process.

 

Career Paths

A flexible program enables students to pursue individual career interests:

  • Community Recreation & Park Resources
      Recreation Center Manager, Recreation Facility Manager Recreation, Special Events Manager, Church Recreation Director, Aquatics Director, Camp Director, Park Ranger, Outdoor Recreation Manager, Environmental Educator.
  • Sport Operations Management
      Sports Complex Manager, Athletic Coordinator, Racquet and Fitness Center Manager, Athletic Director, Intramural Sports Coordinator, Campus Recreation Manager, Golf Course Manager.
  • Therapeutic Recreation
      Recreation Therapist, Inclusion Specialist, Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Specialist, Special Recreation Supervisor, Adventure Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation Program Director, Behavioral Health Experiential Therapist, Nursing Home Activity Director.
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
      Tour Operator/Entrepreneur, Eco-Tourism Guide, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, Resort Recreation Director, Event Planner, Hotel Manager, Destination Marketing Specialist, Specialty Tour Guide, Convention Services Manager.

 

Council on Accreditation COAPRTEstablished in 1974, the RSTM department has prepared students to enter the leisure services profession for nearly 40 years. The program was one of the first in the nation to become accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, and has been continuously accredited since 1983.

 

Program Features

  • Personalized advising
  • Experiential curriculum
  • Nationally recognized program
  • Professionally active faculty
  • Engaged alumni network

 

Certification

The program prepares students to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam, a nationally recognized professional credential in public recreation. Additionally, the Therapeutic Recreation concentration prepares students to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exam, the nationally recognized credential of recreation therapy.

 

Special Opportunities

RSTM professor Sydney Sklar annually offers Outdoor Leadership, a course that features canoeing and backcountry camping in Minnesota. The course is designed to develop leadership competencies and outdoor living skills through an adventure learning experience.

 

For admission to USF and the RSTM Program, apply today!