Recreation, Park, & Tourism Administration (RPTA)


The undergraduate curriculum in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration prepares students for careers in a variety of leisure services fields and for advanced study.

The curriculum combines a required core with elective courses both in and outside the Department, including extensive opportunities for hands on learning, traveling seminars, and independent study. All students complete an internship supervised by the participating agency, selected to advance the student’s individual career goals, and by a department faculty member.

The Department of RPTA has outstanding cooperative relationships with nearly 500 agencies in Illinois and elsewhere to support students’ internship experience.

The Department’s core curriculum has been accredited by the Joint Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Association for Leisure and Recreation since 1978.

Why Choose RPTA at WIU?

Students may choose to pursue any of the following emphasis areas:

Adventure Recreation & Camp Administration

  • Natural/Historical Interpreter
  • Camp Outdoor Environmental Education
  • Conference Center Manager
  • Scouting Executive
  • Outdoor Pursuits Manager

Leisure Services Management

  • Resort Recreation Director
  • Military Recreation Director
  • Park District Director
  • Recreation Superintendent

Leisure/ Recreation Program Delivery - Youth and Human Services

  • Park District Supervisor
  • Arts Supervisor
  • Athletics Supervisor
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Social Director in Resort Setting
  • YMCA/YWCA Supervisor or Director
  • Racquet and Fitness Center Director
  • Corporate Recreation Director
  • Recreation Leader

Natural Resources Recreation Management

  • Park District/ Conservation District Manager
  • Superintendent, State or Federal Park Manager/Ranger

Therapeutic Recreation

  • Clinical Recreational Therapist in hospital or rehabilitation center
  • Director of Recreation for Special Populations-community based
  • Activities Director in long term care facility
  • Outdoor Recreation Therapist

Tourism Management

  • Convention Manager in hotel/resort setting
  • Manager of Civic Center
  • Country Club
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau Director
  • Local/Regional/State Tourism Manager

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb & Quad Cities
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors

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