WSU RTTR Undergraduate Programs with Professor Roger Riley.

Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation

Defining Recreation, Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation.

Recreation is the organization (where the recreation professional intercedes) of leisure activities, in people’s free time, so that they may have fun, relax, or be amused.

Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that uses recreation interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being. The systematic process is the job of the recreation therapist.

Tourism goes beyond the common perception of being limited to vacation activity only. It also means traveling to and staying in places outside a person’s usual environment for leisure, business and other purposes. The tourism professional organizes the travel, accommodations and leisure activities.

Undergraduate Programs

Specialty areas include: Commercial Recreation, Nature-Based Tourism, Inclusive Recreation and Community/Nonprofit Recreation

Recreation and Tourism graduates are qualified to obtain entry-level positions in the following settings:

  • Nonprofit or voluntary agencies (e.g., YMCA-YWCA, Scouts)
  • Private settings that require memberships (e.g., golf or tennis clubs)
  • Military recreation - Commercial or "for-profit" agencies (e.g., theme parks, fitness centers)
  • Public, corporate, campus or correctional recreation
  • Adventure-based outdoor programs and adventure travel/outfitting companies
  • Federal programs (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, Bureau of Land Management)

Course Catalog for Recreation and Tourism.

Commercial Recreation

  • Courses in Business Administration
  • Courses in Marketing
  • Some courses in Business Education

Nature Based Tourism

  • Courses in Geoscience
  • Course in Biology related to natural resources
  • Courses suggested in Commercial Recreation

Community/Non-Profit Recreation

  • Courses in Public Administration
  • Courses in Political Science that deal with how governments run
  • Grant writing course  


Students who graduate with the Therapeutic Recreation Major are qualified to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination. Graduates in the therapeutic recreation major are qualified to obtain entry-level positions in the following settings: 

  • Special rehabilitation centers for persons with physical disabilities
  • Community recreation programs
  • Mental health facilities that treat a variety of psychological impairments
  • Nursing homes and retirement centers
  • Residential centers that care for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Schools, half-way houses, or correctional institutions

Course Catalog for Therapeutic Recreation.

Recommended to accompany the Therapeutic Recreation major:

This is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the RTTR Department. While a minor is not required for the RTTR programs, many students elect to complete both tracks and/or add an additional minor such as adventure tourism or wellness coaching.

Course Catalog for Adventure Tourism.