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Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management



Bynum Boley
Gary Green
Michael Tarrant
Kyle M. Woosnam


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) major is designed to provide understanding and appreciation for the management of natural resources for outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism opportunities. Helping students to better understand the "human dimension" aspects of managing natural resources is an integral part of the PRTM major. 

We seek to provide students with practical real-world skills and tools needed to identify, understand and manage complex human/environment issues. This includes an emphasis on understanding significant historical developments, developing services and programs, managing for recreational impacts, and recognizing the importance of sustainable development.

The curriculum offers opportunities for students to study abroad on one of our many international programs including Antarctica, Australia, Belize, Fiji, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Some of the courses offered in the major include: Tourism & Sustainable Development, Outdoor Recreation & Environmental Awareness, Wilderness Management, Parks & Ecotourism Management, and Natural Resources Recreation.

Graduates of this program are trained and qualified to seek employment in a variety of federal, state, and local land management agencies, and with various private, non-profit, educational, and regional conservation organizations. Students are also actively encouraged to participate in faculty research projects.