Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Program Offerings and Locations:
- Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration: Macomb, Quad Cities
- Minor in Event Planning and Management: Macomb, Quad Cities
- Minor in Fisheries: Macomb
- Minor in Horticulture: Macomb
- Minor in Nonprofit Administration: Macomb, Quad Cities
- Minor in Outdoor Leadership: Macomb
- Minor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration: Macomb, Quad Cities
- Minor in Therapeutic Recreation: Macomb, Quad Cities
Faculty: Adkins, Doh, J.A. Hemingway, J.L. Hemingway, Lukkarinen, McGowan, McLean, Pawelko, Porter, Schlag, Smith, Tindall, Yoder.
In a world characterized by new technology and rapidly changing human needs, leisure is increasingly recognized for its contribution to a fulfilling life. Free time is valued when used in self-expression and creativity through recreation. With a growing interest in travel, sport and entertainment, health and fitness, and the arts, post-industrial society requires educated professionals to manage leisure services in business or industry, tourism, the community, the armed forces and other government agencies, residential facilities, youth service organizations, and outdoor recreation. Recent graduates are employed in management, planning, and program leadership and development by a variety of organizations including resorts, park districts, state and national parks, hospitals, community-based therapeutic agencies, YMCAs, camps and outdoor recreation centers, tourism agencies, wilderness camping programs, university student unions, and civic and senior citizen centers.
To accommodate a variety of interests and career directions, the department helps students develop individualized programs of study. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE), a semester-long experience conducted in national parks, outdoor education centers, and wilderness areas. Students may also participate in Study Abroad experiences, one of which is offered by the department each year.
The B.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Students graduating from this program are immediately eligible to sit for the examination to become a certified Park and Recreation Professional and thereby acquire this valuable credential for professional advancement. Successful completion of prescribed courses in Therapeutic Recreation results in eligibility to sit for the examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
GradTrac is available to Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration majors. See more information about GradTrac.
Honors Curriculum—Academically qualified students in this department are encouraged to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Departmental Honors, or General Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). General Honors includes General Honors coursework. Departmental Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Departmental and General Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/Honors.
Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program—Two integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are available for the Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration: Master of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and Master of Museum Studies. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Please refer to the Graduate Studies catalog for details about the integrated program.
Bachelor of Science—Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
- University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
- Core Courses: 28 s.h.
RPTA 111, 230, 235, 322†, 397, 398, 499
- Departmental: 21 s.h.
- Directed Electives or an Approved University Minor: 16–20 s.h.
Directed Electives will be identified by the student and approved by department advisor upon submission of the graduate application
- Open Electives: 8–12 s.h.
#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.
†RPTA 322 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.
*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
Minor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration: 16 s.h.
- RPTA 111: 3 s.h.
- RPTA Electives (RPTA 398, 399, 499 cannot apply to minimum total): 13 s.h.
Minor in Event Planning and Management
Minor in Fisheries: 22–24 s.h.
- Core Courses: RPTA 376, 481; ZOOL 200, 414: 13 s.h.
- Directed Electives: 9–11 s.h.
- Choose 2 of the following: BIOL 350, 452, 453, 454; RPTA 444, 487, 488; RPTA/ZOOL 485; ZOOL 452
- Choose 1 of the following: ANTH 410, 415; CONS 405; ENVR 201; GEOG 208, 308; GEOL 115; PHYS 114, 115
Minor in Outdoor Leadership: 24 s.h.
- Core Courses: RPTA 249, 349, 450: 9 s.h.
- Field Study: RPTA 376, 444, 446, 448, 449: 15 s.h.
Note: Admission to the minor requires that the student be in good academic standing and successfully complete the application process for the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE). The minor requires a prescribed sequencing of courses, where RPTA 249 and 349 are taken prior to the learning expedition, and all five Field Study courses are taken during the learning expedition.
Minor in Therapeutic Recreation: 21 s.h.
- Core Courses: RPTA 199, 251, 351, 451, 453, 454; SPED 210: 18 s.h.
- Directed Electives: HE 441; KIN 393; PSY 251; RPTA 330, 452; SOC 365; SW 334; equivalent course related to individuals having disabilities: 3 s.h.
Minor in Nonprofit Administration
Minor in Horticulture
RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM ADMINISTRATION (RPTA)
110 Concepts of Leisure. (3) (General Education/ Human Well-Being) Explores the place of leisure in society. Examines what people do for recreation and leisure in a changing culture. Assists students from all majors to develop a personal leisure life-style that promotes wellness.
111 Introduction to Leisure Services. (3) Examines the purpose and function of leisure services delivered by governmental, non-profit, and private agencies. For major and minor, course is prerequisite to all upper division courses.
112 Recreation for Life. (2) (General Education/ Human Well-Being) Examines the contribution of organized recreation to the development and maintenance of individual well-being. This class will assist students’ personal exploration of how recreation can enhance body, mind, and spirit. Classroom concepts will be practiced during laboratory hours.
199 Fieldwork in Leisure Services. (1, repeatable to 2) A minimum of 100 clock hours work experience per credit hour in up to three approved park or recreation agencies. An orientation to the leisure service profession. Prerequisite: prior consent of departmental advisor. Graded S/U only.
230 Leadership in Leisure Services. (3) A study of the theory, principles, and processes of leadership in delivery of leisure services. Laboratory involved.
235 Programming Principles & Applications in Leisure Services. (3) Explores the purpose and functions of programs, planning principles, objectives, organizational behavior, and evaluation. Translation of a program plan into practical situations. Prerequisites: RPTA 111. Field observations required.
240 Introduction to Camp Leadership. (3) Explores the aims and objectives of organized camping, developing and organizing the camp program. Laboratory included. Laboratory charge for course.
249 Principles of Outdoor Adventure Recreation. (3) Investigates the components of an outdoor adventure experience including environmental behavior, personal growth, technical abilities, and safety. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course.
251 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Introduction to the field of Therapeutic Recreation, theories and models, orientation to terminology, characteristics, and dynamics of people with disabilities. Field experience required.
270 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations. (3) The course will introduce the history, mission, programs, and staffing of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and focus on the role they have in meeting the needs of youth and adults, including those of underrepresented groups, in society.
322 Administration of Leisure Services I. (3) Provides basis for understanding administrative processes related to delivery of leisure services. Explores administration/management theory, communication, marketing, and public relations. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: RPTA 230 and 235; upper division status or consent of instructor.
323 Administration of Leisure Services II. (3) Provides a basis for understanding administrative processes related to the delivery of leisure services. Explores fiscal management, human resources management, and legal issues related to leisure services. Prerequisites: RPTA 322 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.
330 Program Planning for People with Physical Disabilities: Community and Educational Services. (3) Acquaint students with the classifications, development, and the social psychological aspects unique to persons who have physical disabilities and other health impairments in order to plan community and education services. Prerequisite: RPTA 251 or SPED 210 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
349 Expedition Planning. (3) Provides students the opportunity to examine the components of an outdoor expedition. An expedition is then planned. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
351 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Evaluation. (3) Examines assessment instruments, techniques, and testing protocols used in the practice of Therapeutic Recreation. Field experience required. Prerequisite: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course and field trip required.
362 Tourism. (3) Examines the principles, practices, and philosophy of the travel industry. No course prerequisite for nonmajors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
366 Commercial Recreation. (3) Examines the diversity of commercial recreation enterprises; also general trends and personal attributes associated with a career in commercial recreation. No course prerequisite for nonmajors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
376 Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation. (3) Examines outdoor recreation movement in America and its impact on natural resources; reviews relationships between changing public demand and the many agencies involved in supplying outdoor recreation. Includes technical writing instruction. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
397 Research and Evaluation in Leisure Services. (3) Introduces basic concepts and procedures for design and implementation of evaluative research in practical settings. Prerequisites: RPTA 111 and upper division status.
398 Internship Seminar. (1) Assists students to determine personal goals and objectives, conduct survey and apply to various agencies before making final selection for location of internship. Prerequisites: RPTA majors of upper division status; RPTA minors by petition.
399 Issues in Leisure Services. (1) Explores the roles and responsibilities attributable to the developing professional, with a focus on service and environmental stewardship. Prerequisites: RPTA 111.
422 Advanced Administration of Leisure Services. (3) Investigates advanced concepts and processes related to the administration of leisure services, including marketing applications and the management of human and fiscal resources. Prerequisites: RPTA 322 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.
424 Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services. (3) A study of the principles and practices associated with fundraising and utilization of volunteers in public as well as private nonprofit leisure service organizations. Prerequisite: RPTA 322.
428 Youth and Leisure Services. (3) A study of the theories, principles, and practices related to youth and leisure including social trends and issues, youth development, youth services agencies, program planning and evaluation, behavior management, leadership, and public relations. Prerequisites: RPTA 111, 230, and 235.
430 Principles of Recreational Sports. (3) The role of sport as a developmental tool by organizations such as local government, youth, and family nonprofit organizations, universities, corporations, military bases, and specialized amateur athletic organizations. Emphasis is placed on various instructional and competitive program delivery models. Prerequisites: RTPA 111, 230, and 235.
444 Outdoor Education. (3) Organization of outdoor education activities emphasizing elementary school classroom participation. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course and field trip required.
446 Wilderness Leadership. (3) Prepares students to become qualified wilderness trip leaders. Expedition behavior, emergency procedures, and wilderness leadership responsibilities will be examined during a five-week expedition. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course and field trip required.
448 Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources. (3) Develops basic understanding of interpretation of natural, environmental, and cultural resources. Includes philosophy and techniques. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course and field trip required.
449 Management of Outdoor Adventure Recreation. (3) Management of outdoor adventure recreation in both intensity and wilderness/dispersed recreation environments is examined. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course and field trip required.
450 Traveling Workshop. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Opportunity for students to observe the operations of a variety of leisure service agencies and to discuss on-location the trends, problems, and techniques in leisure service delivery. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Laboratory charge for course and field trip required.
451 Principles of Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Examines Therapeutic Recreation process and modalities in clinical, residential, and community-based settings. Field experience required. Prerequisites: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.
452 Leisure Services for Older Adults. (3) Examines theories and concepts related to leisure and aging; includes field experiences with older adults. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
453 Clinical Therapeutic Recreation Processes. (3) Examines interventions, modalities, and relevant terminology used in therapeutic recreation treatment for persons with disabilities in clinical, residential, and community-based settings. Field trip required. Prerequisites: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.
454 Management of Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Understanding and professional practice of Therapeutic Recreation services in health and human-service settings with focus on quality management, finance and reimbursement, budgeting, clinical supervision, risk management, professional ethics, issues, and certification. Field trip required. Prerequisites: RPTA 251, 351, and 451; upper division status, or consent of instructor.
455 (Cross-listed with HM 455) Casino Operations. (3) Description of basic casino operations and principles of casino marketing, mathematics of casino games, and utility analysis of gaming motivation and gaming addictions. Exploration of career opportunities in the gaming industry. Historical background and impact of gaming on hospitality industry. Not open to students with credit in HM 455. Prerequisites: HM 150; HM 353 or RPTA 322 or RPTA 323.
460 Sustainable Tourism Development. (3) Provides essentials for successful development of a local tourism economy including organizing, planning, developing, and operation. Prerequisites: upper division status or permission of instructor.
461 Conference and Convention Planning and Management. (3) Prepares students for positions as planners and managers of conferences and conventions at resorts, hotels, cruise ships, camps, universities, or other private or municipal convention centers. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
462 International Tourism. (3) (Global Issues) Analysis of contemporary leisure travel behavior emphasizing world tourism markets, products, attractions, sales, and industry trends. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
463 Administration of Fitness Programs. (3) Prepares people to be owners, administrators, or program managers of health and fitness facilities by introducing business practices and program requirements special to the administration of health and fitness facilities or clubs. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
465 Tourism Destination Promotion. (3) A comprehensive study of the functions of community tourism promotion. Examines management strategies and methods to fund and operate a promotional agency and fulfill responsibilities to community, local service providers, and potential visitors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
466 Resort Management. (3) Principles and practices to plan, develop, manage, and operate resort properties with emphasis on leisure-based facilities and services. Prerequisites: RPTA 362 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.
467 Event Planning and Management. (3) The application of methods and techniques to plan, implement, and evaluate successful community events. Content includes selection of event theme and coordination of set up, staff, finance, promotion, partnerships, and operations and evaluation. Prerequisite: RPTA 235.
478 (Formerly RPTA 378) Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Recreation Consortium. (3) Involves students from several major universities in developing understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of and for agencies and resources in an on-site experience such as at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor. Trip charge for course.
481 (Formerly RPTA 377) Management of Outdoor Recreation Resources. (3) Considers theory and practice for human dimensions oriented use of land, water, and wildlife resources for recreation experiences. Examines social and physical carrying capacity of land and cultural treatment of ecological systems. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
482 Facility Management. (3) Explores problems, principles, and techniques of management, design, and operation of selected park and recreation facilities. Special emphasis on swimming pools, tennis, racquetball, golf, ice skating, and community center activities. Consideration given to factors affecting energy conservation and reducing operational costs. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Field trip charge for course.
485 (Cross-listed with ZOOL 485) Resource Management for Fly Fisheries. (3) Students will learn trout stream ecology and management, and gain fly-fishing experience. Course includes a one-week trip to a stream for students to meet with resource professionals and to practice their skills. Not open to students with credit in ZOOL 485. Prerequisite: One of the following: BOT 200 (C grade or better), MICR 200 (C grade or better), ZOOL 200 (C grade or better), RPTA 110, RPTA 111, or permission of instructor. Charge for on-site trip and equipment required.
487 Site Planning in Recreation and Parks. (3) Introduction to basic planning principles and techniques as they apply to park and recreation projects. Special consideration given to the use of GIS and GPS technology and field techniques. Emphasis on problem solving in the planning process. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
488 Park Open Space Planning. (3) Investigates theory, principles, and methods of planning recreation land systems. Explores procedures to preserve, acquire, and develop recreation lands and green space throughout a district or urban area. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
489 Park Maintenance and Operations Management. (3) Explores procedures and problems of recreation area operation with emphasis on planning and management for maintenance efficiency. Topics include planning, scheduling, standards, cost control, vandalism, etc. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.
490 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 8) Research projects or independent study not covered in other courses. Credit assigned according to the nature and scope of project. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor; written description of proposal including justification, objectives, and procedures must be submitted to department chairperson prior to enrollment; permission of department chairperson required.
493 (Cross-listed with KIN 493) Sport and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. (3) The course will provide students with information about sport and recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan at all levels from community programs to elite levels of competition. Not open to students with credit in KIN 493. Prerequisite: KIN 393, RPTA 251, or permission by instructor.
499 Internship in Leisure Services. (3) 12 s.h. to be taken concurrently. Laboratory field experience provides for practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Student acquires experience in all phases of leisure service delivery with highly qualified personnel in a selected agency with University faculty supervision. Cannot apply to minor except by petition. Prerequisites: upper division status, all Core courses completed with an average of at least C (2.00) with no course below C- (1.67), and approval of departmental committee.