Undergraduate Program: Recreation & Tourism Major

Core Courses

203 - Recreation Programming(3 S.H.)                                                                                
This course provides an introduction to recreation and sports programming and leadership concepts.
229 - Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies (3 S.H.)
History and development of recreation, and principles, and philosophies of leisure. Modern-day concepts of leisure will also be addressed.
239 - Outdoor Pursuits (3 S.H.)
An overview of the theory and practice of adventure/challenge education. Processing skills included. Classroom as well as experiential involvement. Additional fee. Challenge by choice philosophy.
246 - Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
This course introduces leisure education as a process whereby students will “recognize leisure as an avenue for personal satisfaction and enrichment, become familiar with an array of leisure opportunities, understand the impact leisure has on society, and make decisions regarding their own leisure behavior.” (Zeyen, Odum & Lacaster, 1977) 
245 - Therapeutic Recreation and Services (3 S.H.)
History, philosophy, theories, and professionalism of therapeutic recreation. Factors influencing service delivery and models of service delivery will also be addressed.                                  
326 - Organization and Administration of Recreation (3 S.H.)
Principles of supervision and administration as applied to tourism/outdoor/recreation and therapeutic recreation settings. Prerequisites: RTTR 229 and RTTR 245.
393 - Evaluation in Recreation, Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
The procedures and applications of social science research and evaluation methods are applied to recreation settings.  Course content includes design, methods of data collection, interpretation, and presentation of the data.  Emphasis is given to evaluation techniques used by recreation professionals.
398 - Practicum in Recreation and Tourism or Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
This course offers an opportunity to learn by experience and further professional development under the careful guidance of experienced professionals and college supervisors. May be repeated once for credit in a different setting. Prerequisite: Must have completed RTTR 229 and 245 or have instructor’s permission. 100 Hours total.
399 - Internship in Recreation and Tourism or Therapeutic Recreation (1-12 S.H.)
The application of skill, knowledge and concepts necessary for planning, organizing and conducting recreation and leisure services. Interns must complete a 480- or 600-hour placement (12 or more consecutive weeks) under the supervision of a qualified recreation specialist. Prerequisites:  Senior standing in the RTTR major, completion of recreation core courses, 2.50 GPA overall as it appears in DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) at the end of the semester preceding the internship experience.  Therapeutic Recreation interns also must obtain a copy of their intern supervisor's current NCTRC certification certificate and must complete a 600-hour internship. 
414 - Recreational Leadership (3 S.H.)
A study of leadership principles, leadership techniques, and leadership theories. Required recreation leader competencies and group dynamic issues also will be addressed. Prerequisites: Sophomore, preferably higher standing; RTTR 229 and RTTR 245.
426 - Recreation Facilities and Area Design (3 S.H.)
Principles and procedures related to the design, operation, and care of leisure resources, areas and facilities. Prerequisites: Sophomore, preferably with higher standing; RTTR 229 and RTTR 245. 

Recreation and Tourism (RT) – Track A: 63-67 Semester Hours (No Minor Required)

SPECIALTY/CERTIFICATE AREAS (26-28 SH) (must have a “C” or better)
Waived for individuals who have earned /or are currently pursuing another Bachelor’s Degree. Supportive Courses will be determined during a meeting with assigned adviser where there is discussion  to determine professional goals and supportive courses..

COMMERCIAL RECREATION Required Courses (12 SH)
290 - Foundations of Tourism (3 S.H.)
This course will explore the tourism system and expose the students to the delineations of tourists and tourism enterprises, travel trends, governmental and non-governmental roles, transportation providers, and destination services and attractions.  Attention will also be given to the impacts of tourism.
350 - Legal and Financial Aspects (3 S.H.)
Legislation, liability, and legal matters concerning recreation services; technical and behavioral aspects of budgeting; traditional and recent methods of financial park and recreation operations. Prerequisites: RTTR 229 and RTTR 245. 
370 - Festival and Special Event Planning (3 S.H.)
This course introduces students to the details of festival and special event planning, implementation, and evaluation from the perspective of the recreation and/or tourism professional.  Following an introduction to concepts of special event/festival planning, implementation, and evaluation, students become exponentially involved with the critical analysis of a special event or festival.  Student analysis of the assigned special event/festival will integrate all phases of the recreation experience (anticipation, travel to, the experience itself, travel from, and recollection).  
380 - Commercial Recreation (3 S.H.)
Principles and procedures related to the development and operation of recreation, tourism, resort, and outdoor adventure commercial enterprises.  This course prepares the student to conduct feasibility studies within the leisure services industry and to learn the functions of day-to-day operations required to maintain a profitable recreation enterprise.  Prerequisite:  RTTR 203 or instructor’s permission.
Supportive Courses (14-16 SH)   (with consent of advisor and filing of plan)

NATURE BASED TOURISM  Required Courses (15 SH)
290 - Foundations of Tourism (3 S.H.)
This course will explore the tourism system and expose the students to the delineations of tourists and tourism enterprises, travel trends, governmental and non-governmental roles, transportation providers, and destination services and attractions.  Attention will also be given to the impacts of tourism.
302 - Adventure Travel and Tourism Development (3 S.H.)
An overview of the rapidly growing adventure tourism industry, and its relation to the field of recreation and leisure studies. Course emphasis will be placed on adventure tourism and national and international “eco-tourism,” which promotes cultural and environmental sensitivity. Field trip is an additional fee.
339 - Wilderness Ethics, Safety, and Survival (3 S.H.)
Students will examine the elements of ethical wilderness trip planning, low impact activities, and select appropriate gear and equipment for trip safety.  Survival and rescue skills will also be examined in this course. 
380 - Commercial Recreation (3 S.H.)
Principles and procedures related to the development and operation of recreation, tourism, resort, and outdoor adventure commercial enterprises.  This course prepares the student to conduct feasibility studies within the leisure services industry and to learn the functions of day-to-day operations required to maintain a profitable recreation enterprise.  Prerequisite:  RTTR 203 or instructor’s permission.
421 - Outdoor Education and Interpretive Services (3 S.H.)
Exploration of the out-of-doors as a medium to enhance cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning for persons of all ages. Outdoor recreation as a component of outdoor education is also addressed. Grade only.

Supportive Courses (11-13 SH)   (with consent of advisor and filing of plan)

INCLUSIVE RECREATION Required Courses (12 SH)
239 Outdoor Pursuits OR 246 Leisure Education (opposite of choice in core)
239 - Outdoor Pursuits (3 S.H.)
An overview of the theory and practice of adventure/challenge education. Processing skills included. Classroom as well as experiential involvement. Additional fee. Challenge by choice philosophy. OR
246 - Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
This course introduces leisure education as a process whereby students will “recognize leisure as an avenue for personal satisfaction and enrichment, become familiar with an array of leisure opportunities, understand the impact leisure has on society, and make decisions regarding their own leisure behavior.” (Zeyen, Odum & Lacaster, 1977) 
332 - Leisure and Aging in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
Leisure needs and perceptions of the elderly. Implications for therapeutic recreation services in clinical and community settings. Prerequisite: RTTR 245.
342 - Intervention Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
Helping strategies, processes and techniques utilized by the therapeutic recreation specialist. Prerequisite: RTTR 245.
468 - Programming in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
An overview of functional problems commonly associated with various diseases and/or disabling conditions. Therapeutic recreation program development, implementation, and modification considerations. Prerequisites: Sophomore or, preferably, higher standing; RTTR 229 and RTTR 245 or instructor’s permission.
Supportive Courses (14-16 SH)   (with consent of advisor and filing of plan)

COMMUNITY/NON-PROFIT RECREATION Required Courses (12 SH)
239 Outdoor Pursuits OR 246 Leisure Education (opposite of choice in core)
239 - Outdoor Pursuits (3 S.H.)
An overview of the theory and practice of adventure/challenge education. Processing skills included. Classroom as well as experiential involvement. Additional fee. Challenge by choice philosophy. Grade only.
OR
246 - Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation
(3 S.H.)
This course introduces leisure education as a process whereby students will “recognize leisure as an avenue for personal satisfaction and enrichment, become familiar with an array of leisure opportunities, understand the impact leisure has on society, and make decisions regarding their own leisure behavior.” (Zeyen, Odum & Lacaster, 1977) 
350 - Legal and Financial Aspects (3 S.H.)
Legislation, liability, and legal matters concerning recreation services; technical and behavioral aspects of budgeting; traditional and recent methods of financial park and recreation operations. Prerequisites: RTTR 229 and RTTR 245. 
370 - Festival and Special Event Planning (3 S.H.)
This course introduces students to the details of festival and special event planning, implementation, and evaluation from the perspective of the recreation and/or tourism professional.  Following an introduction to concepts of special event/festival planning, implementation, and evaluation, students become experientially involved with the critical analysis of a special event or festival.  Student analysis of the assigned special event/festival will integrate all phases of the recreation experience (anticipation, travel to, the experience itself, travel from, and recollection). 
421 - Outdoor Education and Interpretive Services (3 S.H.)
Exploration of the out-of-doors as a medium to enhance cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning for persons of all ages. Outdoor recreation as a component of outdoor education is also addressed. Grade only.

Supportive Courses (14-16 SH)   (with consent of advisor and filing of plan)

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